Amundi has announced the appointment of Monica Defend as global head of Research, taking over from Philippe Ithurbide, who has become senior economic advisor to the General Management of Amundi.
Defend was previously deputy head of Group Research and member of the Global Investment Committee of Amundi since 2017. In her role she contributed to the definition of Amundi's investment strategy on financial markets. Prior to that, she was global head of Asset Allocation Research and previously, head of Quantitative Research at Pioneer Investments.
Defend entered the investment industry in 1997 following a role as university assistant for the Advanced Econometrics department in Bocconi University.