As part of its ongoing investment in technology and digital capabilities, J.P. Morgan Asset Management has appointed Lee Bray as Asia-Pacific head of data science, effective July 13. Based in Hong Kong, Bray will continue to also serve as APAC head of equity trading.
Bray’s expanded responsibilities will include building a data science team in the region to help JPMAM continue to strengthen its investment platform and to accelerate innovations in machine learning, artificial intelligence and natural language processing.
Utilizing data science, the new team will collaborate with regional and global business units within JPMAM to help drive efficiencies and growth, develop best-in-class tools for clients and enable innovation, such as contributing to the analysis of Asian environmental, social and governance data sets to enhance the firm’s ESG proprietary scoring framework, which is currently in development.
A part of J.P. Morgan for more than 20 years, Bray has extensive experience in the technological evolution of trading techniques through quantitative approaches, including significant use of machine learning and large-scale data processing to create a systematic trading environment.
Dan Watkins, JPMAM chief executive officer for Asia-Pacific, says: “As we continue to become a more data-driven business, Lee and his team will help us to ensure we are fully capitalizing on these opportunities for our clients, bringing together global resources with a tailored approach to both leveraging local expertise and helping our clients on the ground here in Asia.”