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BNP Paribas AM names head of quant

Olivier Laplénie will take on the role

Theo Andrew

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BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has appointed Olivier Laplénie as head of quantitative portfolio management.

Based in Paris, Laplénie (pictured) will report to Denis Panel, head of multi-asset, quantitative and solutions, at BNPP AM, and will be responsible for accelerating the growth of the indexing business and simplifying its organisational structure.

He will be responsible for overseeing quantitative management across bonds and equities – supported by Laurent Lagarde, head of quantitative equity at BNPP AM – with assets over €13bn.

Alongside his new role, Laplénie will continue in his current role as head of quantitative fixed income which he took on in 2014.

Laplénie joined BNPP AM in 2008 as head of model-driven investment within the alternative fixed income team.

Prior to this, he was head of quantitative research at FFTW UK, which was later integrated into BNPP AM.

Lagarde has been in his current role since 2014 having joined BNPP AM in 2005 as a quantitative analyst within the international equities team.

Commenting on the appointment, Panel said: “The new organisational structure will improve the visibility of this strategic activity, enabling us to better leverage our strengths and grow assets.

“I look forward to a continued close working relationship with Olivier and Laurent, both of whom are highly experienced within quantitative management.”

The appointment comes after Bourcier left her role as head of quantitative and index management at BNPP AM in March following six years at the business.

It was later announced that she had been appointed CEO of HSBC AM’s French business, responsible for growing the firm’s French operations and developing its franchise across continental Europe.

Earlier this month, BNPP AM made a double hire within its sales team as the firm looks to expand its ETF business in Germany.

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