Fund manager tenure from 01/09/2015
Johan du Preez has managed the M&G Japan Fund and the M&G Japan Smaller Companies Fund since joining the M&G Equity team in 2015. He began his investment career in 1998 as an analyst with Prudential Portfolio Managers, South Africa (PPMSA). In the following year, he became a senior portfolio manager and shortly afterwards, a director of PPMSA. In 2004 Johan transferred to Prudential’s asset management business in Asia, where he specialised in Japanese equity as an investment director. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a B Econ Sc in mathematical statistics and actuarial science in 1992 and from the University of Cape Town with a M Com in economics in 2003. He is a CFA charterholder.
John Lothian joined M&G in March 2011 as a specialist on Japanese equities. His roles have included senior analyst on the M&G American Fund and M&G Global Leaders Fund, as well as senior research analyst covering global consumer, healthcare, and technology sectors. He was appointed deputy manager of the M&G Japan and M&G Japan Smaller Companies funds in September 2015. Prior to M&G, John co-managed a Japanese equity fund at Occam Asset Management. Before that, he covered Japanese stocks at Lazard Asset Management in London. John started his career at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MA in international relations from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in Greek and Latin from The Catholic University of America. John is fluent in Japanese and is a CFA charterholder.
Sunny Romo is the investment specialist covering M&G’s Japanese equities range. She joined M&G in June 2018 from Insight Investment, where she looked after their institutional relationships with Japanese investors. Prior to that, Sunny spent nine years at Asset Management One as their Equities Trader, and later as Senior Relationship Manager. Sunny is a committee member of the PLSA Central London Group. She is fluent in English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Sunny graduated from the University of Reading with a BA in International Relations and Economics. She is a CAIA charter holder and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).