AXA IM expands its impact equity team with the appointment of Anna Väänänen, Head of AXA IM Listed Impact Equity
AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) announces the appointment of Anna Väänänen as Head of AXA IM Listed Impact Equity, effective immediately.
Based in London, in a newly created role, Anna will play an integral role in leading the listed impact equity range which comprises the Biodiversity, Clean Economy, Social Progress, People & Planet, and Human Capital strategies. She will be responsible for the management of the range of sustainable impact thematic funds and continued developments, covering Climate, Nature, and Social themes, allowing investors to participate in the enablement of a faster transition.
The appointment reflects the continued growth of AXA IM’s product offering as the demand for responsible investing continues apace. She will report to Tom Riley, Head of Global Thematic Strategies.
Anna joins AXA IM from Mirova, where she was a Senior Portfolio Manager, leading the company’s Global Environmental Equity fund. Prior to this, Anna worked for nine years at Credit Suisse Thematic Equity Team in Zurich where she managed several thematic equity funds. Anna has also held a number of Fund Manager and Equity Analyst roles in Helsinki and London.
Commenting on Anna’s appointment, Tom Riley said: “I am delighted to welcome Anna to our team. Her robust experience in thematic equities will help AXA IM strengthen and develop its responsible investing capabilities. Her breadth of knowledge of the equity markets and responsible investing will be instrumental to our strategic goals, particularly with the increasing demand for strategies that can help deliver long-term financial returns and generate positive and measurable impact on the environment and society.”