Harden will be based in Hong Kong and report to Curtis Arledge, vice chairman of BNY Mellon and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon’s Investment Management division, which includes the asset management and wealth management businesses. He will have responsibility for all distribution, strategic, financial and operating plans and business development across Asia-Pacific, and will support their relationships with key clients in the region, including sovereign wealth funds.
Harden will work with BNY Mellon’s chairman of Asia-Pacific, Steve Lackey, in delivering the whole firm and ensuring clients have greater awareness of and access to the company’s capabilities. As a member of the company’s Asia-Pacific Executive Committee, he will join the heads of each of BNY Mellon’s businesses in the region.
According to a press release, Harden previously served as chief executive officer of the Asia-Pacific business of ING Investment Management Ltd., and as CEO of Alliance Trust PLC. He was head of Citigroup Asset Management’s Asia-Pacific operations, and a non-executive board member of the Court of St. Andrews University, a trustee of the Al Maktoum Institute of Aberdeen University, where he remains an honorary fellow. He was a non-executive trustee of the Scottish Community Charity Foundation, and is an Honorary Professor of the School of Finance and Accounting at Dundee University.
“Alan has strong credentials and is widely respected in the region having spent over twenty years in Asia and the Middle East in a variety of leadership positions,” said Arledge, in the announcement. “He has already demonstrated his ability to manage an Asian investment management business through a range of economic environments, including the recent financial crisis.”