Brad Thomas was named head of institutional distribution, Americas, at First State Investments, confirmed spokeswoman Anneliese Diedrichs.
The position is new. Mr. Thomas will work with institutional investors and consultants in the U.S., Canada and South America. He will report to James Twiss, managing director, Americas.
Mr. Thomas was managing director, consultant relations, at Manulife Asset Management. Beth McGoldrick, Manulife spokeswoman, could not be immediately reached for comment.
First State Investments, a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, has US$167 billion in global assets under management, of which more than US$2.6 billion is from U.S. clients.