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Natixis Asset Management* is a société anonyme (S.A.) under French law with a board of directors and a chief executive officer.

*Natixis Asset Management was formed following the merger of Natexis Asset Management and Ixis Asset Management. Natexis Asset Management, established in 1998, was Banque Populaire’s asset management company, while Ixis Asset Management, set up in 1984, was Caisse d’Epargne’s asset management company.

The Natixis AM's board of directors is chaired by Pierre Servant and the executive committee gathers:

  • Matthieu Duncan, CEO
  • Jean-François Baralon, Deputy CEO - CFO – COO
  • Emmanuel Bourdeix, Co-CIO, head of Seeyond investment division
  • Ibrahima Kobar, Co-CIO, head of Fixed-income investment division
  • Sophie Cheysson, Human resources director
  • Jean-Christophe Morandeau, Head of legal, monitoring and risk

Matthieu Duncan

CEO

In April 2016, Matthieu Duncan joined Natixis Asset Management as CEO.

A dual French and US citizen, Matthieu DUNCAN completed his studies at the University of Texas (Austin) and the University of California (Santa Barbara). He began his career in the financial industry at Goldman Sachs, where he held various positions in the capital markets sector in Paris and London between 1990 and 2003. Since 2004, he has held various positions in the asset management area in London: Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Equities at Cambridge Place IM, Head of Business Strategy and member of the Board of Directors of Newton IM (a Bank of New York Mellon company), and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and member of the Board of Directors of Quilter Cheviot IM.

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Jean-François Baralon

Deputy CEO - CFO – COO

JEAN-FRANCOIS BARALON,
Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Chief Financial Officer - Chief Operations Officer of Natixis Asset Management
Jean-François Baralon, 45, started his career at Banque CPR in 1991 as a management controller. In 1993, he was appointed head of management control and from 1996 to 2000, he was in charge of accounting and consolidation as well as accounting information systems, studies and standards. In 2000, he moved to IXIS Capital Markets as head of management control. In 2004, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer, Ixis Asset Management. In 2007, he became Head of finance and operations at Natixis Asset Management and joined the executive committee. The finance and operations department covers legal, accounting, management control, IS, middle office, organisation and CISO functions. In February 2014, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Natixis Asset Management.

Jean-François Baralon holds an MBA from the Paris IX-Dauphine University and a Masters (DESS) in Finance from the Aix-Marseille III University.

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Emmanuel Bourdeix

Co-CIO, head of Seeyond investment division



EMMANUEL BOURDEIX,
Co-Chief Investment Officer of Natixis Asset Management,
in charge of Seeyond*, volatility management and structured product investment division,
and of European equities, Investment and client solutions, and Global emerging investment divisions



Emmanuel Bourdeix began his career in 1995 at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as arbitrage analyst and structurer. In 1998, he joined CAAM where he acted as portfolio manager, then head of convertible bonds and volatility in 2002 and finally head of satellite equity management in 2006. In 2007, he was appointed deputy CEO of equity and diversified management and, at the inception of Amundi, head of equity Europe, world and emerging countries.
In 2010, he became CIO equity, asset allocation & structured products of Natixis Asset Management and member of the Executive Committee.
In 2012, he is named co-CIO of Natixis Asset Management, in charge of Seeyond, the Volatility and structured product* investment division of Natixis Asset Management, and of European equities, Investment and client solutions, and Global emerging investment divisions.

Emmanuel Bourdeix holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and a DEA [post-graduate diploma] in probabilities and finance from Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
 

* Seeyond is a brand of Natixis Asset Management. More info: www.seeyond-am.com.

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Ibrahima Kobar

Co-CIO, head of Fixed-income investment division



IBRAHIMA KOBAR,
Co-Chief Investment Officer of Natixis Asset Management,
in charge of Fixed income investment division


Ibrahima Kobar began his career in 1989 as statistician at the economic, banking and financial research at Société Générale. In 1991, he joined Midland Bank where he acted as actuary/fixed-income manager.
In 1994, Ibrahima Kobar joined Ixis Asset Management* as insurance portfolio manager in the bond management department. In 1998, he was appointed head of insurance management, derivatives and structured products.
In 2007, he became head of bond management and, in 2010, CIO Fixed-income at Natixis Asset Management and member of the Executive Committee.
Since 2012, he is co-Chief Investment Officer of Natixis Asset Management,
in charge of Fixed income investment division.

Ibrahima Kobar is an actuary with a degree from Institut de Statistiques de Paris (ISUP) and is a member of Institut des Actuaires Français (IAF). He is also Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
 

*Natixis Asset Management was formed following the merger of Natexis Asset Management and Ixis Asset Management. Natexis Asset Management, established in 1998, was Banque Populaire’s asset management company, while Ixis Asset Management, set up in 1984, was Caisse d’Epargne’s asset management company.

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Sophie Cheysson

Human resources director

 

SOPHIE CHEYSSON,
Human resources director

 

Sophie Cheysson started her career in 1989 at Groupama where she was Head of Remuneration and Classification, Head of e-Learning and then Head of the Groupama University.
Sophie joined Natixis in 2003 as Head of Management Development and, in 2008, she became Human Resources Director for Natixis Interépargne and Natixis Intertitres.


She will move to Natixis AM in June 2014 to take up the post of Human Resources and Internal Communications Director.
Sophie Cheysson is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She also holds a master's degree in business law from the Université Paris II.

 

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Jean-Christophe Morandeau

Head of legal, monitoring and risk

 

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MORANDEAU,
Head of legal, monitoring and risk

 

Jean-Christophe Morandeau began his career in 1988 as wealth manager at Paribas Bank. He then joined Paribas Asset Management as head of legal department for French UCITS in 1992. In 1999 he joined Credit Agricole Asset Management as the legal head of Products & Corporate-France and became in 2004, deputy head of the Legal and Fiscal department.

 

Jean-Christophe Morandeau joined Natixis Asset Management in 2008 as general counsel. He was promoted as head of legal, monitoring (compliance and internal control) and risk in November 2014.

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