In the newly created role, Stéphane Janin will also develop the company’s strategy around “key regulatory topics” and its regulatory change programmes on a global basis.
Janin will be based in Paris and report to Christian Gissler, global head of risks and controls.
He was previously head of the international affairs division at the French Asset Management Association. In this role, he was responsible for international regulatory strategy and promotion.
He has also held a number of international positions with the International Investment Funds Association, the European Fund and Asset Management Association, and the European Commission.
On the appointment, Gissler said: “As the pace, scale, and complexity of regulatory change continues to increase, it is vital for us as a business to understand and manage the impact of these changes both on our clients and on us as a business.
“[Janin’s] appointment supports out efforts to continually improve out proficiency in risk and controls as part of our value proposition to our clients.”
In October last year, Axa IM announced the launch of the Axa WF US Dynamic High Yield Bonds Fund, managed by Carl Whitbeck.
Axa IM said the fund offers ‘flexible exposure’ to the US high yield market by investing in cash bonds along with an overlay of credit default swaps, which it said will enhance potential returns versus traditional US high yield funds.