Johan Rozali-Wathooth was appointed Group Chief Strategy Officer of Affin Hwang Capital in September 2014 following the merger between Affin and Hwang’s investment banking businesses. In this role, Johan is responsible for the overall strategic direction for the Investment Banking Group, which includes overseeing business development and the execution of non-organic growth strategies. He presently manages the Group Strategy and Group Corporate Communications functions. In addition to this role, Johan was also appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of Affin Hwang Asset Management in June 2016, and in this role is responsible for overseeing and managing the Asset Management business, focusing on the Government Linked Company and Public Sector and Personal Wealth sales channels.
Johan joined Affin Investment Bank Berhad in 2012 as Director of Corporate Strategy and Communications. During his tenure, Johan has played an instrumental role 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 was a 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 / Ernst & Young LLP in 2001.
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) with the Institute of Chartered Accountant of England and Wales, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder (CFA) with the CFA Institute.
In addition to his roles within the Affin Hwang Capital group, since 2012 Johan has also held the position of Honorary Treasurer of the Malaysian Leprosy Relief Association (MaLRA), a charitable organisation dedicated towards assisting leprosy patients, ex patients and their families.