CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has announced the appointment of Nick Pollard as managing director of Asia Pacific effectively immediately. Based in Hong Kong, Pollard will support CFA Institute across the APAC region as it continues its mission to advance the investment profession for the ultimate benefit of society. Pollard will lead further growth in the region, especially the fast growing China and India markets.

“As CFA Institute continues to deepen its impact throughout APAC, we need strong leadership to help advance the investment profession in some of our most critical markets,” said Paul Smith, CFA, president and CEO of CFA Institute. “Nick brings a unique combination of management, strategy, marketing and professional development skills to this key role, and we look forward to leveraging his background and expertise to manage our growth in this very dynamic region.”

Pollard previously served as CEO of The Royal Bank of Scotland’s Coutts Asia division, and most recently was Head of International Learning and Professional Development for Coutts International. His career spans more than 30 years across banking, wealth management and talent development. Pollard holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University College London.

The appointment follows the opening of new CFA Institute offices in Beijing and Mumbai in 2015, reinforcing the organization’s commitment to develop future professionals, deliver member value and build market integrity in APAC markets with high growth in investment management.