Architas has appointed Matthieu André (pictured) as its new chief executive, as Hans Georgeson has decided to leave the group after a decade to pursue other opportunities outside the AXA Group.

André has more than 20 years of international experience in the industry. He joined AXA in 1995 as financial controller and has held various senior roles in the company through the years.

In 2018, he became chief strategic development officer for AXA Europe and was appointed deputy CEO of AXA Europe the following year.

Prior to joining AXA, André had spent most of his career as a consultant at Ernst & Young specialized in the financial service sector.

Over the past eight years, he has worked closely with Architas. André and Georgeson will work together during a transition period to ensure a smooth and successful handover, with André becoming CEO from 1 March 2020, subject to regulatory requirements.

Alban de Mailly Nesle, chief risk and investment officer, said: “I would like to thank Hans for his significant contribution to the growth of Architas over the last decade.

“During his tenure the business has grown from a start-up to €44bn assets, expanding across Europe and Asia, and now operates across ten countries. Hans has played a key role in establishing Architas as one of the leading multi-managers across Europe and the UK, building a successful and profitable business based on strong investment performance and excellent client service.

“I am very pleased to see Matthieu embracing this new challenge. His international experience, leadership and expertise in asset management will be decisive to take the business into its next stage of growth.”

In his new role, André will be supported by head of client group Nicolas Deschamps, who is in charge of distribution, product and marketing and head of UK funds, Sarah Ackland, who has been with Architas since 2014.

 This article originally appeared on Investment Week on 30 January 2020.