Manulife Asset Management has bolstered its institutional sales network by expanding its Asian executive’s role and by adding a new European sales capability.

James Chen, current head of institutional business and relationship management in Asia, has been named as head of institutional business and relationship management, international.

Additionally, the company has also appointed James Wheeler as head of institutional sales for Europe & Middle East region.

In his new role, Wheeler will be responsible for delivering diverse range of public market and private asset investment opportunities to institutional investors in the region.

Wheeler has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. He spent the past nine years with Legal & General Investment Management in London, including the last six years as senior client sales and relationship manager focusing on European institutional clients.

The changes in the institutional sales network follow the recent expansion of Manulife Asset Management’s equity, fixed income and asset allocation capabilities.

Commenting on the changes, Chen said: "I am thrilled to lead the expansion of Manulife Asset Management’s sales network into the European institutional market and welcome James Wheeler to the team."