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AXA IM appoints Global Chief Operating Officer

  • 09 January 2020

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) today announces the appointment of Godefroy de Colombe as Global Chief Operating Officer (GCOO) effective 16 January 2020.

Based in Paris, he will be a member of the AXA IM Management Board reporting to Gérald Harlin, Executive Chairman of AXA IM. In this role, Godefroy will notably oversee Operations, IT, Data, Digital, Innovation, Security and Risk and Compliance as well as Trading operations.

Godefroy brings with him more than 15 years of experience in Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer roles. He joins from Direct Assurance, AXA’s P&C e-insurance business where he was CEO.

Commenting on the appointment, Gérald Harlin, Executive Chairman of AXA IM, said: “Godefroy has a deep understanding of how COO functions bring value to the business. Godefroy’s recognized leadership skills, drive and energy, business acumen, knowledge of AXA as well as strong people focus will be great additions to AXA IM”.


Godefroy de Colombe

Godefroy de Colombe started his career at the Treasury Department in Moscow in 1998, then Policy Officer reporting to the President of the French Employers Federation (MEDEF). In 2004, he is appointed Head of Public Affairs, then Integration Officer of SCOR.

In 2008, he joined AXA as Chief of Staff to the Group COO, before being appointed Head of Retail lines at AXA Global P&C. In 2011, he is appointed CEO of AXA Direct Solutions, before becoming President of AXA Direct Poland and TATV in Belgium and CEO of Direct Assurance.

Godefroy de Colombe graduated from HEC (1998), the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1998), and the Harvard Kennedy School (2002).

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