Matthews Asia Announces Cooper Abbott as Chief Executive Officer

Matthews Asia today announced that Cooper Abbott has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.

San Francisco, June 13, 2022 — Matthews Asia today announced that Cooper Abbott has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”). Cooper succeeds William Hackett who, as previously announced, will retire as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors on June 30, 2022. He will continue to serve as an advisor to Matthews Asia during this transition period in order to assist in the transfer of responsibilities.

Cooper Abbott (CFA, CAIA) brings to Matthews Asia more than two decades of senior investment management experience that has focused on delivering creative solutions and investment outcomes that meet client needs.  Working in a number of leadership roles, Cooper has established growth platforms for a diverse range of investment management businesses and client-types. His experience includes public and private markets, organic and acquisition-led growth, institutional and wealth channels, all with a focus on building scale and global reach.  He is a forward-thinking innovator in responsible investing and democratizing investment access.

Most recently, 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 to a range of institutional and retail investors.

Chris Carey, Chair of the Board of Directors, said, “We are pleased to appoint Cooper Abbott as Matthew Asia’s next CEO. Following a thorough search to identify a successor, the Board believes Cooper’s deep knowledge of the investment management industry together with his proven strategic and operational leadership experience will drive further innovation and growth at the firm.”

Cooper Abbott said, “I am delighted to join Matthews Asia and honored to serve as the firm’s next CEO. I have long admired its unique value proposition, with deep investment expertise in the Emerging Markets, strong fundamental research capabilities and commitment to delivering outstanding client service.

I look forward to leading the talented group of professionals at the firm and building on its 30-year heritage of helping clients achieve their investment goals, while delivering significant growth opportunities and value for our clients, employees and shareholders.”

Chris Carey continued, “The Board would also like to thank William Hackett for the substantial achievements he has made during his 13 years leading the firm and we wish him well in his retirement.”



About Matthews Asia

Since 1991, we have focused our efforts and expertise within the Asia and the emerging markets, investing through a variety of market environments. As an independent, privately owned firm, Matthews Asia is the largest dedicated Asia investment specialist in the United States. With approximately US$18.3 billion in assets under management as of May 31, 2022, Matthews Asia employs a bottom-up, fundamental investment philosophy, with a focus on long-term investment performance. For more information, please visit


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