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Nomura Appoints Christopher Willcox, Head of Wholesale Division and Executive Officer

September 21, 2022

Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Tokyo/New York, September 21, 2022 - Nomura Holdings, Inc. announced that Christopher Willcox will be appointed Head of Wholesale Division and Executive Officer, effective October 1, 2022. He is the first non-Japanese to be appointed as an Executive Officer of Nomura Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Willcox replaces Steven Ashley who has been appointed Chairman of Laser Digital Holdings AG1 , Nomura’s new digital asset company.

Additionally, in close collaboration with the Group Corporate Officers (CxOs), he will jointly oversee our international Corporate functions and ensure close connectivity with our Wholesale business.

Following Mr. Willcox’s appointment, Satoshi Kawamura has been designated to succeed Mr. Willcox in the roles of CEO & President of Nomura Holding America and Nomura Securities International. In addition, Vincent Primiano, will be appointed Co-CEO and Co-President Nomura Holding America and will provide day-to-day oversight of our Americas business. Mr. Primiano will also be appointed as Co-CEO of Nomura Securities International.

Kentaro Okuda, Nomura Holdings, Inc., President and Group CEO, said: “Chris’ previous experience working across Investment Banking and Asset Management, and the 18 months he has spent so far expanding our US platform, makes him well placed to take over as Head of Wholesale Division.

I extend my appreciation to Steven Ashley for his commitment to the growth of our Wholesale business over the past twelve years. Steven’s leadership will be critical to the growth and success of our new digital asset business.”

Mr. Willcox joined Nomura in May last year and is currently CEO and President of Nomura Holding America, Nomura Securities International and Nomura Global Financial Products Inc.

Before joining Nomura, Mr. Willcox was CEO of JP Morgan Asset Management. Prior to this, he was Head of Global Fixed Income and Liquidity at JP Morgan Asset Management and Global Head of Rates at JP Morgan's Investment Bank. Before joining JP Morgan, he served in various roles at Citigroup over a 15-year period.

1 Please refer to the release entitled “Nomura Names Its Digital Asset Company Laser Digital” issued on September 21, 2022.


Nomura is a global financial services group with an integrated network spanning over 30 countries and regions. By connecting markets East & West, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking), and Investment Management. Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership. For further information about Nomura, visit www.nomura.com.

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