William Blair Investment Management appoints Asian distribution head

William Blair Investment Management has named Lih-Yann Tan as head of Asian distribution.

William Blair Investment Management has named Lih-Yann Tan as head of Asian distribution. Most recently, Tan worked at NN Investment Partners. Tan will be based in the firm’s Singapore office.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021
William Blair Investment Management today announced the appointment of Lih-Yann Tan, CFA, as head of Asian Distribution, employed through its local affiliate William Blair International Singapore Pte. Ltd. In this new role, Tan will be responsible for leading the firm’s institutional and wholesale distribution across Asia, bringing relationship management, deep asset management expertise and strong performance of William Blair’s investment teams to investors throughout the region. Tan will be based in the firm’s Singapore office and will report to Tom Ross, partner, and head of International Distribution.

Tan joins William Blair with more than 20 years of asset management experience in Asia. In her prior roles, she has held senior client-facing positions managing top-tier client/consultant relationships and has successfully led institutional business development in the Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) and Middle Eastern regions. She was most recently head of Institutional Business Development, Asia ex Japan at NN Investment Partners, and previously worked at Lion Global Investors Limited and DBS Asset Management (now known as Nikko Asset Management).

“We are delighted to welcome Lih-Yann to lead our Asian distribution efforts,” said Stephanie Braming, CFA, Partner, and global head of William Blair Investment Management. “She has a deep understanding of clients in the region and extensive experience with institutional investors, financial institutions, and private banks. We have actively expanded our footprint in Europe and Asia over the last several years, building on our deep heritage of delivering strong client results. Lih-Yann’s deep knowledge of Asian investors will expand our engagement and reinforces our long term success of investing across asset classes globally.”

“Asia represents an important growth opportunity for us and we are confident that Lih-Yann is the ideal person to lead our efforts there,” said Tom Ross. “Lih-Yann is a seasoned professional and her strengths as a leader and breadth and depth of experience in the region will help position us to grow our business and support our Asian clients.”

About William Blair Investment Management
William Blair International Singapore Pte. Ltd. is affiliated with William Blair Investment Management, a premier global investment management boutique, with a sole focus on active management across equity, fixed income, currency and multi-asset strategies. We are a U.N.-Supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Signatory, Tier-1 U.K. Stewardship Signatory, Investor Stewardship Group Member (Framework for U.S. Stewardship and Governance), and Signatory to the Japan and Korea Stewardship Codes. We work closely with private and public pension funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds, as well as financial advisors. As of 30 September 2020, William Blair Investment Management manages $61.7 billion in assets.