Johan Rozali-Wathooth was appointed Deputy Managing Director of Affin Hwang Asset Management (Affin Hwang AM) on 1 June 2016, and is responsible for overseeing and executing the overall strategic direction for the Asset Management business. Johan is responsible for leading Affin Hwang AM’s Private Equity business and Corporate Strategy department, as well as Affin Hwang Capital Group’s Corporate Communications function. Additionally, Johan is also responsible for Affin Hwang AM’s Government Linked Corporates and Public Sector (GLC) and Personal Wealth (PWB) sales channels.
Johan joined Affin Investment Bank Berhad in 2012 as Director of Corporate Strategy and Communications. In 2014, following the merger between Affin and Hwang’s investment banking businesses, Johan was appointed Group Chief Strategy Officer of Affin Hwang Capital group. During his tenure, Johan has played instrumental roles in many of the major transformational initiatives involving the group, including the Affin-Hwang merger, the re-branding and re-profiling of the group post-merger, initiating strategic capital market alliances within the ASEAN region and developing the group’s relationships with key strategic partners.
Upon his return to Malaysia in 2010 and prior to joining the Affin Banking Group, Johan held the position of Director, Strategic Finance Advisory within HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad’s Global Banking and Markets division. Johan previously worked in the UK for 10 years, specialising in leveraged loan, distressed credit and private equity investments. He held various senior investment roles in leading global asset management houses including HIG Capital, Highland Capital Management and Babson Capital (part of the Massachusetts Mutual Group). Johan started his career in London within the Corporate Restructuring division of Andersen LLP (subsequently a part of Ernst & Young LLP) in 2001.
In addition to his role at Affin Hwang AM, Johan also sits on the board of Bitsmedia Holdings Ltd (BVI), the holding company for Affin Hwang AM’s private equity investment in Muslim Pro. Johan is also the Honorary Treasurer of the Malaysian Leprosy Relief Association (MaLRA), a position he has held since 2012.
Johan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE), which he attended as a British Commonwealth Chevening Scholar. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder with the CFA Institute.