AXA Investment Managers appoints new Executive Chairman

Marco Morelli, previously Chief Executive Officer of Monte dei Paschi di Siena, has been appointed as Executive Chairman of AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) and a member of AXA’s Management Committee. 

He will report to Thomas Buberl, Chief Executive Officer of AXA. He will take office on September 14 and will be based in Paris. 

After 30 years with the Group, Gérald Harlin, AXA’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of AXA IM, has decided to retire at the end of September. He will remain a member of AXA IM’s Boar d of Directors. 

“I would like to warmly thank Gérald for his very significant contributions to AXA’s success and his decisive role in making the Group a world leader in insurance. I would also like to thank him for postponing his retirement last year to take over the leadership of our asset management entity AXA IM, to which he and his teams have given a new impetus by putting in place a new organisation that is better adapted to its future development. On a personal note, I would like to reiterate that I feel particularly privileged to have worked with him. I know that all AXA employees join me in wishing him all the best in his future endeavours,” says Thomas Buberl. “I am very happy that Marco is joining AXA. His 36 years of experience in banking and financial services, extensive knowledge of European markets and proven leadership will be key assets to further develop AXA IM. All the members of AXA’s Management Committee join me in wishing him the best in his new role.” 

Harlin says: “I am very happy to have carried out this mission for the Group and proud of what has been achieved with AXA IM’steams. Thanks to its new streamlined organization, based on two strategic operational pillars,“Core”and“Alternative” investments, AXA IM is ready to pursue its development underMarco's leadership.” 

Morelli says: “I am honoured to join AXA, a world leader in insurance, and to take over the management of AXA IM. I look forward to working with the teams and drawing on their recognised expertise to take AXA IM to a new stage of growth and development, in line with AXA's strategy.”