AXA Investment Managers appoints Gideon Smith as Global Head of AXA IM Equity QI
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) today announces the appointment of Gideon Smith, previously Co-Chief Investment Officer of AXA IM Equity QI, as Global Head of AXA IM Equity QI effective 1st August 2022.
Based in London, Gideon will report to Mark Hargraves, Global Head of AXA IM Equity, and will be responsible for leading the Equity QI business globally. He takes over the role from Paul Flavier who will be joining the AXA Group on the 1st of August.
Hans Stoter, Global Head of AXA IM Core, said: “Gideon has a long-standing tenure at AXA IM with a deep experience of the models and strategies we run within the Equity QI platform having been with the business for over 20 years and working in a variety of areas from portfolio management, product strategy, client service, and research. He has a strong history with our clients and consultants and we look forward to continuing the development of the platform under his leadership.
“We’d like to thank Paul for his contribution to AXA IM Core and the Equity QI platform over the last years and wish him every success for the future.”
Gideon is currently AXA IM Equity QI’s co-Chief Investment Officer with joint responsibility for the firm’s investment process, portfolio management and core research activities.
He joined AXA IM in 1998 and held several positions within the business, including Chief Investment Officer for Europe, Global Head of Portfolio Management, and Director of Client Services.
Prior to joining AXA IM, Gideon trained as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen working in their Financial Markets Division in London, before working as a senior software developer at Avid Technology.
Gideon obtained his BSc from Manchester University, an MBA from the London Business School, and is a CFA charterholder. He sits on the Advisory Council of the CFA Society of the UK.