Axa Investment Managers has announced senior leadership changes and the start of what it calls a ‘simpler and leaner’ organisational structure after French and UK social consultations ended.
After 12 years of service, Christophe Coquema will leave Axa IM to explore opportunities outside the company. He led the client group teams until June 2017.
Francisco Arcilla will become global head of the institutional client group and Bettina Ducat the global head of the distribution client group from January 1.
Arcilla started his career at Merrill Lynch in 1994 as an analyst. He joined AXA IM as CIO and global head of funds of hedge funds in 2011.
Ducat joined the French group in 2006 as a sales manager within the distribution team. She was previously a strategy consultant for Accenture.
Hans Stoter will be global head of core investments. The newly merged unit combines fixed income, Framlington equities and multi-asset investment platforms. He will continue to manage fixed income and multi-asset portfolio management teams.
Stoter started his career at Philips Electronics and Nomura Bank. He joined Axa IM in June as global head of fixed income and interim head of multi-asset client solutions.
Matthew Lovatt remains global head of Axa IM Framlington equities and will report to Stoter.
Jean-Christophe Ménioux, will be general secretary and chief finance officer, Joseph Pinto the global chief operating officer and Heidi Ridley the CEO of Rosenberg equities. Meanwhile, Isabelle Scemama has been named the CEO of real assets and Amélie Watelet has become the chief transformation officer and global head of HR and communications.
CEO of AXA IM Andrea Rossi praised Coquema’s contribution to the company.
He said: 'Christophe has contributed immensely to Axa IM’s success over the 12 years he has been with the company. His strategic thinking, excellent interpersonal skills and knowledge of the asset management industry have truly helped to shape what Axa IM is today.
‘I would like to thank him very warmly for his contribution and support, both to the company and to me over the five years we have worked together. I wish him the very best for the future.’
In June, Axa IM unveiled an additional investment plan in four offerings and client priorities to improve its fortunes as a long-term active asset manager.
Responsible investment specialists have been embedded into investment teams to support fund managers incorporating ESG and impact analysis into their investment processes.
Axa IM integrated ESG into all of its investment platforms, providing fund managers with access to ESG scores and key performance indicators in their front office tools.
In September, the company also went on an ESG hiring spree, creating a central responsible investment team.
Rossi said: 'We want to make investing easier for clients. By enhancing the client offering and experience, for example improving our customer journeys digitally, providing education where appropriate and creating simpler processes, we believe can get closer to our clients and focus on providing them with what they need and in the format they want it.’