M&G Investments has appointed Ryohei Yanagi as the firm’s deputy president in Japan to enhance its stewardship capabilities in Japanese equities.
A renowned figure across Japan in both stewardship and ESG circles, Yanagi is formally appointed to the non-executive role following a period of consultancy with M&G Investments Japan.
As an adviser to fund manager Carl Vine, Yanagi will provide expertise and insight to M&G’s portfolio companies, with the role signalling the firm’s intention to become the manager of choice for Japanese companies.
Yanagi has worked with a broad range of private companies and public institutions, as well as holding positions in the academic world as visiting professor at Waseda University.
He is well known for developing the “Yanagi Model”, a formula designed to show the relationship between ESG factors and corporate value.
Yanagi earned his PhD in economics at Kyoto University and serves as a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Accountancy at Waseda University. His public service work includes serving on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Listing System Improvement Advisory Committee, as chairman of the Management Finance Course of the Japan Productivity Centre's Academy of Management Development.
He was also a working group member of the G7 Impact Transparency Task Force 2021 to advise the UK government. Currently he is also an executive adviser for Abeam Consulting, advising Japanese corporates on advancing ESG management through his Yanagi Model.
He has served as an executive director of UBS Securities, and senior managing executive officer and chief financial officer of Eisai Co., one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Japan.
M&G has been investing in Japan since 1973. It has in excess of £5 billion (US$5.5 billion) invested in listed Japanese companies via funds managed by Carl Vine and his team.