AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has appointed Go Saito to the AXA IM Framlington Equities Global Equities team effective 1 February 2019.
Based in Tokyo, Saito will help manage Japanese equities portfolios alongside Chisako Hardie, head of Japanese equities.
He will also work closely with the global large and small-cap equity teams and will report into Mark Hargraves, head of Framlington Equities Global Strategies.
Hargraves commented: "With over 20 years' experience covering Japanese equities and with a bias towards small-cap stocks, Saito is a valuable addition and a natural fit with the existing team.
"Our Japanese equity strategy, led by Chsiako Hardie, has delivered strong returns over the medium term.
"With him being based in Tokyo this represents a further step in the ongoing geographical expansion of the AXA IM Framlington Equities fund manager team.
Saito joins from SMBC Nikko, where he was a Japanese stock analyst with a focus on small and mid-cap stocks. Previously he was an executive director at JP Morgan and head of small and mid-cap research at Daiwa.