AXA IM appoints Arcilla as head of Japan

Francisco Arcilla AXA IMAXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) has hired Francisco Arcilla as head of Japan, in replacement of Mikifumi Watanabe who will retire on June 30, 2015.

Arcilla will be based in Tokyo and will lead AXA IM’s distribution and business development in Japan, with a view to assisting the firm’s expansion in the country.

He will report to Christophe Coquema, global head of client group at AXA IM, who says that Japan is a “crucially important” region for the firm.

Arcilla joined AXA IM in 2011 as global head of AXA IM’s funds of hedge funds team before running the external managers group. Most recently, he was director of product development at AXA Rosenberg.

Prior to joining AXA IM, Francisco was co-head of investments at Swiss alternative solutions boutique EIM. Before this he spent eleven years as a senior trader, specialising in credit and fixed income relative value strategies.

AXA IM has been operating in Asia Pacific since 1998, and has offices in Tokyo, Hong-Kong, Beijing, Singapore, and Sydney, as well as joint ventures in Shanghai, Seoul and Mumbai.

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