Axa IM hires Simon Flood from Lion Global Investors

Handshake 3Axa Investment Managers has appointed Simon Flood as head of Asia Pacific, replacing Jean-Pierre Leoni, who is returning to France to lead the client management group.

The asset manager has been expanding its investment teams and product offerings in the region, most recently with the addition of 20 funds in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Its focus has been on growing third-party assets through geographical expansion, client segmentation and strengthening the product offering. Today, Axa IM has 36 funds registered funds across the two markets.

Flood joins from Lion Global Investors, where he was chief investment officer. He will be based in Hong Kong and be responsible for the development of the business in the Asia Pacific region, including Japan.

The appointment is one of several in recent months. In December last year, Aidan Yao joined as senior emerging Asia economist and Jim Veneau became head of fixed income, Asia. Mark Tinker transferred from London to Hong Kong in September to be head of Axa Framlington Asia.

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