People Digest: Golden Equator ropes in Brunei country head; M&G Investment names head of distribution

Singapore’s Golden Equator Group has announced its expansion into Brunei and appointed Aziemah Abdullah as country head, while UK-based M&G Investment has named Berny Lin as head of distribution, Asia ex-Japan.

Golden Equator appoints Brunei country head 

Singapore’s Golden Equator Group has announced its expansion into Brunei and appointed Aziemah Abdullah as the country head.

This move follows the S$24.6 million ($18.3 million) strategic investment it received in April 2019 led by serial entrepreneur-investor Taizo Son along with individual investors from Asia Pacific and Middle East, including Brunei.

The expansion will see three of the group’s businesses established – Golden Equator Wealth, Golden Equator Consulting, and potentially SPECTRUM – in Brunei.

In this role, Abdullah will spearhead the group’s in-market expansion activities in Brunei as she has strong networks and insights on the business and operating landscape in Brunei.

She was most recently with the Royal Brunei Technical Services (RBTS) leading the company’s business development and expansion initiatives.

Abdullah leads the development strategies for Golden Equator’s businesses entering Brunei, helping with the establishment and expansion of their footprints in the country.

“Our expansion into Brunei marks our commitment to the development of Brunei’s startup ecosystem and is an example of ecosystem-building in the region via Singapore. This means we will be able to continue using Singapore as a base to build other nodes in the region, connecting the different markets to build an even stronger business environment,” said Shirley Crystal Chua, Founder and Group CEO of Golden Equator.

M&G Investment names head of distribution, Asia ex-Japan

UK-based M&G Investment has named Berny Lin as head of distribution, Asia ex-Japan, according to a statement.

In this newly created role, Lin will be responsible for deepening and growing M&G’s wholesale and institutional presence in the region, leading teams based in Hong Kong and Singapore to service clients across Asia.

He will focus on developing and strengthening relationships with institutional and intermediary clients, including private banks, external asset managers and institutional investors. He will be based in Singapore and will report to Loretta Ng, Head of Asia.

Before joining M&G Investment, he was chief distribution officer and chief marketing officer in Eastspring Investments. He also served on Eastspring Taiwan’s board of directors since 2015.

Prior to this, he spent six years at Deutsche Asset Management in Hong Kong and Taiwan, leading the institutional sales team in Taiwan.

“Berny’s appointment demonstrates our commitment to our Asian business and the region, particularly as Asia continues to plays an increasingly dominant role in the growth of the global asset management industry,” said Graham Mason, Chief International Officer, M&G plc.

M&G Investments is part of M&G Plc, a savings and investment business, which was formed in 2017 through the merger of Prudential plc’s UK and Europe savings and insurance operation and M&G, its wholly-owned international investment manager.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.