AXA IM Alts has appointed Stephan Ackermann to the newly created role of Head of Client Group, North America.
AXA I Alts said this strategic appointment forms part of AXA IM Alts’ ongoing expansion of its international platform.
Stephan Ackermann, who was most recently Head of Client Capital Group Asia Pacific & U.S. at AXA IM Alts, has relocated to New York to lead and fully focus on the company’s capital raising activities in the region, covering its expanding range of strategies across real assets and private debt as well as private equity and ESG/Impact investments.
As part of his initial focus, Ackermann will continue to grow the Client Group team, building on the recent appointment of Fiona Choi Kurz who became Senior Sales Manager for the U.S. in February of this year.
He will also work closely with the rest of the Client Group Alts team to build and maintain long-term client relationships across key global markets.
”Stephan’s 16-year career with AXA IM Alts has provided him with wide-ranging experience in investor relations, capital raising and sales,” the company said in a statement.
”He has a proven track record of building and facilitating relationships with large institutional investors globally and has significantly contributed to the growth of AXA IM Alts’ client base in the U.S. and in Asia over the last few years. He joined the Client Group in 2013 as UK Investor Relations and Sales Manager and has been part of the Sales function ever since.”
Florence Dard, Global Head of Client Group at AXA IM Alts, commented: “Stephan’s appointment reflects not only the rapid growth of AXA IM Alts’ U.S. client base, but also once again underlines the significant ambitions we have for the North American region, in terms of both capital raising and as a location for investments, following our acquisition from Quadrant of one of its U.S. focused lines of business in 2020 which added $10 billion to our U.S. assets under management. Having identified North America as a region of strategic importance to our global expansion plans, we have already established the solid foundations necessary to grow our Sales capabilities in the region, most recently through the appointment of Fiona Choi Kurz as Senior Sales Manager, and Stephan’s extensive experience in leading this team, attracting new capital and developing relationships across the entirety of the U.S. will be invaluable as we continue to expand. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”