Seeyond, an investment unit of Natixis Asset Management, has appointed Alex G Piré as vice president and head of client portfolio management.
Piré joins Seeyond from Jennison Associates where he served as vice president and acting head of product development and management.
Piré will be responsible for leading both intermediary and institutional client service and driving the growth of the Seeyond strategies in North America.
Natixis Global Asset Management recently launched its first ETF in the US, the Natixis Seeyond Minimum Volatility ETF (NYSE Arca: MVIN). Seeyond is sub-adviser to the fund. The fund is an actively managed minimum volatility international equity investment strategy, which seeks to reduce risk through an investment process that selects stocks based on historical volatility and correlations, rather than purely on investment fundamentals.
Piré will reach across the distribution organisation to bring the ETF and Seeyond’s full range of solutions to investors looking for low volatility and factor-based exposure to the market. He will be based in Boston and report to Frederic Babu, chief executive officer of Natixis Asset Management US and chief investment officer for Seeyond in the US.
“Alex’s background in portfolio construction, coupled with his success and ability to integrate client needs with innovation, will be an incredible resource to investors who are looking to align their volatility management with potential market events,” says Babu. “We are pleased to have him in this role as we continue to support advisors and institutional clients with investment solutions that answer the current needs of their portfolios.”
While at Jennison Associates, Piré led product development and had oversight of Jennison’s actively managed fundamental and quantitative equity strategies. He also worked with clients on portfolio structure and helped to inform asset allocation decisions.
Prior to that role, he was director of product management at Fidelity Investments where he focused his attention on developing Fidelity’s ETF product strategy and represented the firm as ETF product expert with intermediary and institutional clients.