Henderson Asian Growth Trust Plc is a Closed-End Investment Fund/Investment Trust, which holds investments and seeks a high rate of total return from companies operating primarily in the Asian region excluding Japan and Australasia. Its investment portfolio includes investments in consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, financial and property, healthcare, industrials and transport, information technology, materials, telecommunication services and utilities. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
"Henderson TR Pacific Trust plc has changed its name to the Henderson Asian Growth Trust plc. Chairman, David Robins, and Fund Manager, Andy Beal explain the reasoning for this.
Andy Beal, Fund Manager
Andrew joined Henderson in summer 2005, and has managed Henderson Asian Growth Trust since then. Previously, he was Lead Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets and Pacific Rim for Nicholas Applegate Capital Management where his PIMCO-NACM Asia Pacific fund was the recipient of the 2005 Lipper award for consistency of risk-adjusted returns over 3 years.
Andrew has specialised in the Asia Pacific region since 1994 and describes himself as a stock picker with a growth bias. He targets companies with accelerating earnings trading at discounts to their long-term franchise.
David Robins, Chairman
David Robins was appointed to the Board in 2002 and became Chairman in April 2004. He began his career as an economist covering the Pacific Region and has a wide experience of Asian financial markets. After a series of senior management roles for the UBS Group in Tokyo, New York and Zurich, he became CEO of UBS Ltd in London and subsequently Head of Europe, Africa and The Middle East. Following the merger of UBS and SBC in 1998, he became CEO and then Chairman of ING Barings until 2000. A former Chairman of LCH Clearnet Ltd and Director of MPC Investors Ltd, he is currently Chairman of Oriel Securities Limited and a Director of Meggitt plc, Bending Light Ltd and EMG Ltd. He is also Chairman of two charities.
David Brief, Director
David Brief was appointed to the Board in November 2007. He is Chief Investment Officer of BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management Limited. Mr Brief is one of the UK's most experienced pensions investment executives with almost thirty years in the investment business. He is a non-executive director of The City of London Trust plc.
Christopher Keljik, Director
Christopher Keljik OBE was appointed to the Board in November 2007. He retired as a director of Standard Chartered plc in May 2005 after 29 years, during which time he held a number of senior positions working in London, Hong Kong, New York and Singapore in corporate finance, treasury and general management. Prior to his retirement, his responsibilities at Standard Chartered included its businesses in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, the UK and the Americas. He is a Chartered Accountant and is also a non-executive director of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plc, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc, and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc.
Alexandra Mackesy, Director
Alexandra Mackesy was appointed to the Board on 26 November 2008. She is a non-executive director of The Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc and RENN Universal Growth Investment Trust PLC. Since 2000, she has worked as a part-time consultant at Credit Suisse. Prior to this, she held posts in Hong Kong with Credit Suisse as Director, Head of Hong Kong and China Equity Research, JP Morgan as Director, Asian Equity Research, and with SBC Warburg/SG Warburg as Director, Hong Kong Equity Research.
Struan Robertson, Director
Struan Robertson was appointed to the Board in 2004. He is a non-executive director of Forth Ports plc and Salamander Energy plc. He stood down as a non-executive director of both Tomkins plc and International Power plc during 2010. He was previously Group Chief Executive of the Wates Group Ltd, and was a Senior Independent Director at WS Atkins plc. He retired from BP in May 2000 where he was Senior Vice President Technology and Marketing following an international career during which he held posts as Executive Chairman of BP Asia Pacific, Chief Executive Oil Trading International and Chief Executive of BP Malaysia. He lived and worked in Asia between 1989 and 1997.