NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Takeshi "Ken" Itai has joined Cohen & Steers, effective September 9, 2013, as Head of the firm's Representative Office in Japan. Mr. Itai joins Cohen & Steers from Wellington International Management where he served as Relationship Manager, Associate Partner, and Head of Japan Financial Intermediary Group in Tokyo. Previously, Mr. Itai had been a manager in the client service department of Putnam Investments and an institutional client portfolio manager at Chase Trust Bank in Tokyo. He also had various responsibilities during his 18-year tenure at the Industrial Bank of Japan. In this newly created role, Mr. Itai will serve to enhance the firm's client relationships in Japan. Robert Steers, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Cohen & Steers, remarked, "Ken brings with him a deep understanding of the Japanese sub-advisory industry. Very few professionals offer a record of excellence in relationship management comparable to the work that Ken has accomplished in Japan." "Ken's arrival further demonstrates the ongoing commitment of Cohen & Steers to deliver the highest level of client service in Japan," said Martin Cohen, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Cohen & Steers. "We are pleased to have someone of his caliber join our team." More information is available at cohenandsteers.com. Website: http://cohenandsteers.com/ Symbol: NYSE: CNS About Cohen & Steers Founded in 1986, Cohen & Steers is a leading global investment manager with a long history of innovation and a focus on real assets, including real estate, infrastructure and commodities. Headquartered in New York City, with offices in London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seattle, Cohen & Steers serves institutional and individual investors around the world. SOURCE Cohen & Steers, Inc.