Matthews Asia Funds - Board of Directors
The Board is critical to the success of Matthews Asia and our ability to create long-term value for our clients, employees, and the communities where we live and work.
Cooper Abbott, CFA, CAIA
Chief Executive Officer
Cooper Abbott is Chief Executive Officer at Matthews. Prior to joining Matthews in 2022, Cooper served as President and Chairman at Carillon Tower Advisors where he founded and built a global multi-boutique asset management company providing equity, fixed income, and multi-asset class solutions for institutional and retail investors, globally. Cooper has more than two decades of senior investment management experience that has focused on delivering creative solutions and investment outcomes that meet client needs. He has established growth platforms for a diverse range of investment management businesses that includes public and private markets, institutional and wealth channels, all with a focus on building scale and global reach for exceptional investment partnerships. He earned his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. with honors from Brown University. Cooper is a Fulbright Fellowship recipient.
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Hanna Esmee Duer has been an Independent Director of the Matthews Asia Funds since 2017. She is a Certified Independent Director and has served on multiple boards in Luxembourg, Ireland and Denmark. Hanna is a senior investment professional with over 25 years of international experience in the financial sector. Hanna has worked as a Chief Investment Officer and, over the course of her career, has built up the investment management function for several international companies, implementing, among others, portfolio and risk management systems. She also has broad experience in insurance, treasury and retail banking functions. Hanna has extensive experience within UCITS and alternative investment funds, including private equity, real estate and structured products. She earned an MBA from McMaster University in Canada. Hanna received both a B.S. and an M.S. in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. She is a Certified Director (IDP-C) from INSEAD, France and Certified Director from the Luxembourg Institute of Directors.
Richard Goddard, DPhil, has been an Independent Director of the Matthews Asia Funds since 2010. Richard also serves as an Associate of The Directors’ Office, a leading practice of independent directors in Luxembourg. He is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years of experience in the European financial sector, and has held various senior positions with ABN AMRO and Fleming Asset Management. He received an M.A. and doctorate of Philosophy from Trinity College, Oxford. He speaks English, French and German.
John P. McGowan
Head of Fund Administration
John McGowan joined Matthews Asia in 2004 and is Head of Fund Administration. Prior to joining Matthews Asia, John served as Chief Operating Officer at Forward Funds and ReFlow LLC, a mutual fund liquidity solution provider. Previously, he was a Director of Client Services at PFPC Global Fund Services. John has more than 20 years of financial services experience including positions at M&T Bank, First Pacific Advisors Inc. and Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. He is a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance. John received a B.A. in Marketing from Clarkson University.