Morgan Stanley has hired Tadashi Kikugawa, a proprietary trader in the fixed-income department at Lehman Brothers in Tokyo, as executive director, interest-rate strategist for the fixed income division. Kikugawa said he will focus on interest-rate derivatives and Japanese government bond strategies, declining further comment. A Morgan spokeswoman said the position had been vacant for a year. "We felt it only made sense to fill the position if we could find the right person. And now we have!" she said via an e-mailed statement. Prior to Lehman Kikugawa also worked at Fuji Bank and Goldman Sachs. Kikugawa reports to Toshiya Mizuno, co-head of fixed income trading, who could not be reached.
At Lehman, Kikugawa reported to Koji Tsubouchi, managing director. Tsubouchi said Kikugawa's responsibilities are being handled by the team, declining further comment.