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Carmignac Eyes Efficiency, Names COO

Jackie Bennion, Deputy Editor, 15 April 2020

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Targeting growth and efficiency, the French fund manager has hired an operations veteran from AXA IM to develop products and help diversify investment strategies.

French asset manager Carmignac has tapped former AXA IM operations head Gautier Ripert to become its chief operating officer. As a member of the strategic development committee, Ripert will be in charge of the operating model, data and IT solutions, and oversee the middle office and technology departments, the Paris-based firm said yesterday. The fund manager, founded 30 years ago by Edouard Carmignac, retains about half its managers in London and is owned by the management and employees.

During 16 years at AXA Investment Management, Ripert held a number of senior posts, most recently as head of global operations, where he was largely credited with transforming front office departments. He also spent time in the COO role at AXA’s Greenwich office in the US. He began his career in 1995 at Credit Agricole, later joining Société Générale in the early 2000s.

Carmignac’s deputy general manager Christophe Péronin said that Ripert’s focus would be on “growth and operational efficiency”. He will also “contribute to the continued development of our business, helping diversify our investment strategies, product offering and client base,” Péronin said.

The firm manages around €55 billion (£48 billion) in assets, with operations in Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, London, Zurich and Miami.

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