Deutsche Bank Japan head Kuwahara to leave after five years

Deutsche Bank AG’s Japan chief Makoto Kuwahara will leave the German lender after five years in charge of operations in the country.

Kuwahara, who is also president of local unit Deutsche Securities, is departing to pursue other interests, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Tamio Honma, head of global markets in Japan and co-head of the institutional client group for Asia-Pacific.

Honma, 49, will retain his existing responsibilities, according to the statement.

Kuwahara, 46, is the latest senior departure from Deutsche Bank, which is cutting costs and concentrating more on European customers as part of a global overhaul under Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing.

Southeast Asia vice chairman and Singapore chief Philip Lee is departing to pursue other interests, an internal memo showed earlier this month. In Japan, the bank’s asset management unit chief Daisuke Toki left in June.

Werner Steinmueller, chief executive officer for Asia Pacific and a member of the management board, took an upbeat view of the firm’s business in Japan.

Honma, who joined Deutsche Bank in 1996, is "very well positioned" to ensure Japanese and overseas client service, Steinmueller said in the statement.

"I am confident that under his leadership, our Japan business will continue to thrive."

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