In addition, he has been able to attract key investment talent and worked to provide more autonomy to the heads of investment teams in setting their investment strategy.
This year, Lespinard also became chairman of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), a joint project of pension funds, foundations and asset managers promoting long-term research by investment banks.
Before joining BNP PAM, Lespinard worked for Citigroup Asset Management as co-head of global bond investments and became investment manager for Europe in 2000. Previously, he worked as a senior portfolio manager for US bond investment specialist Fischer Frances Trees & Watts.
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- Sarah Arkle, Threadneedle investments
Sarah Arkle was appointed CIO of Threadneedle in 2001. When Threadneedle acquired Allied Dunbar's investment division, she became head of international equities. Threadneedle described Arkle as a key to its success as she has maintained its culture of teamwork through a period of rapid growth. Over the last five years, she has grown its fund management team by around 40% and few senior members have left Threadneedle to go to another competitor.
- Tony Broccardo, F&C
Tony Broccardo joined F&C in October 2002 when the company had assets under management of Ã?ÃÂ£57bn. Under his leadership, F&C has been steered through two major transformational events. Firstly, F&C was purchased by the Dutch based company Eureko and the second major event occurred when F&C Management Limited merged with ISIS Asset Management plc. As a result, Broccardo is now CIO of the fourth largest asset management company in the UK with Ã?ÃÂ£128.1bn in AUM.
- Rick Lacaille, SSgA
Richard Lacaille is responsible for all SSgA investment activity conducted in London, Paris, Munich and Zurich through 70 investment professionals. He is also a board member of SSgA Limited and serves on the European Executive Committee and SSgA Investment Committee.
Prior to being appointed CIO, Lacaille managed the structured equities team in London. He joined SSgA in 2000 after holding a variety of positions at Gartmore Investment Management.