Unigestion appoints Christophe de Dardel as Chief Executive Officer
Unigestion, the independent, specialist asset manager, is delighted to announce the appointment of Christophe de Dardel as Chief Executive Officer, subject to regulatory approval.
Christophe will take on his new role from Fiona Frick, who has decided to step back from her executive responsibilities after 12 years as CEO. Having dedicated 32 years to Unigestion, she will now pursue other interests close to her heart as a board member and consultant on investment allocation and sustainability issues. She will also devote time to creating bridges between the finance industry, sustainability and academia.
Fiona Frick, CEO of Unigestion, said: “I am thrilled that Christophe has been appointed as our new CEO. His values, professionalism and vision will make him the best leader for Unigestion’s future; for its clients and employees.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Bernard Sabrier and Patrick Fenal. Their trust, vision and guidance over the many years we have worked together have been second to none. They created some tremendous opportunities that I would have never thought of for myself. I wish them, Christophe and everyone at Unigestion the very best of luck for the future.”
Christophe, who has worked for Unigestion as Head of Private Equity for 22 years, will become Chief Executive Officer on 1st January 2023, having successfully integrated Akina into Unigestion’s private equity business in 2017 and grown private equity assets under management to $11bn, making it Unigestion’s largest investment line. He will remain closely involved in the private equity business and will continue with his role on the private equity Investment Committee, as well as working to develop Unigestion’s highly-regarded equity investment line and its multi asset and wealth management activities.
Christophe de Dardel, Head of Private Equity, said: “I am honoured to be taking on this role. Unigestion is home to many talented people who work incredibly hard to serve our clients and I am excited by the opportunity to work with them to develop our business across its three investment lines – private equity, equities and multi asset & wealth management.”
Bernard Sabrier said: “On behalf of all our stakeholders I wish to express my gratitude to Fiona. Her leadership and guidance over the years have been second to none. She led the development of the company’s equity activities, adopting a pioneering approach to managing equities based on the Minimum Variance anomaly. Furthermore, she helped us diversify and institutionalise Unigestion, and embrace the complex challenges on sustainability issues. We wish her the best for her future endeavours.
“Christophe has demonstrated unique leadership at Unigestion over many years. We welcome him as our new CEO and have no doubt he will help us all to write a new chapter of Unigestion’s history.”
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