RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM), the asset management arm of Royal Bank of Canada, has appointed Anne-Sophie Girault as Managing Director Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Business Development.
Based in London, Girault will be responsible for growing RBC GAM’s institutional asset management business with a focus on the EMEA region. She will report to Paul Williams, head of EMEA, RBC GAM in the UK.
Girault joins RBC GAM with over 15 years’ experience in the asset management industry, most recently at Aviva Investors where she was responsible for the Client Portfolio Managers teams for Fixed Income. Prior to this, Ms. Girault held roles at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fidelity Investments and La Compagnie Financiere Edmond de Rothschild, in Paris and London. She started her investment career as an analyst for an equity hedge fund based in New York.
Also joining RBC GAM’s London office in support of institutional sales and client service are Oliver Cooper, Associate Director, EMEA Business Development, and Fajr Al Tamimi, Marketing Associate, EMEA Business Development.
“RBC Global Asset Management is committed to providing exceptional investment solutions to institutional clients globally. This growth in our distribution platform enhances our capabilities in providing institutional investors in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets with relevant investment solutions and exceptional service,” said Damon Williams, President, Institutional, RBC GAM Inc.
“Anne-Sophie, Oliver and Fajr complement the strength of our existing team and share in our commitment to providing world-class client service.”
Girault’s appointment follows that of 10 global equity specialists earlier this year, bringing the total number of investment professionals and staff based in London to 45. RBC GAM’s London-based investment management teams specialize in global, European and emerging markets equities, as well as global and emerging markets fixed income.
“The growth of our London office over the past year, as well as enhancements to our investment solutions, positions us well as institutions look to asset managers that offer geographical and asset class diversification amid a shifting global macro outlook,” said Paul Williams, head of Institutional Business, RBC GAM-UK. “These additions reflect RBC GAM’s approach, which is based on in-depth understanding of client needs and exceptional service.”