UK – F&C Asset Management says it has hired Japanese equity specialist Adrian Hickey from oil group Shell’s in-house pensions management arm.

“Hickey, who has 14 years experience covering Japanese equities, joins from Shell Pensions Management Services,” F&C said, adding that he had been at Shell since December 2003. Giles Craven, managing director of Shell Pensions Management, declined to comment.

Hickey will report to Mike Hanbury-Williams, head of Pacific basin equities, who said: “Adrian is a highly experienced investor with first-hand experience living in Japan and a passion for the Japanese culture.”

Hickey has worked at Scottish Equitable, Commerz International Capital Management and Edinburgh Fund Managers.