Nomura names Zhiwei Zhang Chief Economist China
Hong Kong, July 25, 2011 – Nomura, the global investment bank, today hired Zhiwei Zhang to the position of Chief Economist China as the firm strengthens its research platform for this key market.
Zhiwei will lead a team of three economists covering China and report jointly to Rob Subbaraman, Chief Economist and co-head of Fixed-Income Research, Asia ex-Japan and Stewart Callaghan, Head of Equity Research, Asia ex-Japan. He joins from China International Capital Corporation where he developed thematic and regular reports on macro issues including forecasting GDP, CPI, and other macro variables. Prior to that, Zhiwei was a senior manager and led the Mainland China research team at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority from July 2008 to February 2010. He also worked for six years at the International Monetary Fund from June 2002 to July 2008, conducting research on many economies including China.
Zhiwei began his career at the Bank of Canada in 2001 after gaining a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing in 1996.
"China has become an extremely important part of the global economy and we are thrilled that someone of Zhiwei's experience and caliber is joining our global economics team," said Paul Sheard, Nomura's New York-based Global Chief Economist.
Zhiwei joins an increasingly recognized platform. Recently, Nomura's equity research division achieved second place by weighted results in Institutional Investor's 2011 All-China Research Team with seven ranked team positions. Meanwhile, Rob Subbaraman's team came third in the same publication's Asia ex-Japan Economic Research rankings in 2010.
"Nomura has made significant in-roads in developing best-in-class research by hiring some of the finest talent in the street," said Paul Norris, Head of Global Markets Research. "We anticipate that Zhiwei's knowledge of China and its macro-economic landscape will significantly benefit our clients and our franchise."
Nomura's global fixed-income research division encompasses global rates, credit, currency inflation, commodity and emerging markets research with a total of 43 economists and 175 client-facing analysts. The firm also offers an equity research department of 400 analysts covering 2,000 listed stocks globally.
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