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M&G Investments appoints new head of France

M&G Investments has named Kelly Hébert to be its new head of France, subject to regulatory approval.

Expanding her current role leading both Belgium and Luxembourg, Hébert (pictured above) will be based in Paris and continue to report to Neal Brooks, global head of product & distribution at M&G.

Having joined the business in 2014, Hébert was appointed head for M&G in Belgium and Luxembourg in 2018. Also deputy head of France since 2021, she replaces Brice Anger, who has decided to leave M&G following a sixteen-year career with the firm.

“I am delighted to be able to promote such a talented leader from within M&G to lead a market as crucial for us as France,” said Brooks. “Kelly’s deep understanding of the needs of our clients and how our investment capabilities can meet them will be key in further developing our local partnerships and distribution reach.”

He added: “During her 10 years at M&G, Kelly has put clients at the centre of all distribution efforts, showing great commercial vision and commitment. We see strong growth potential for us in the French market and I am really looking forward to working with Kelly in this new role.”

Hébert began her career at Axa Investment Managers in 2009, working in the marketing department before shifting departments. She joined Financière de l’Echiquier the following year as head of sales for the BENELUX region, a role she stayed in for four years before joining M&G Investments.

“I am excited to be leading M&G’s business in France, a market to which I am extremely committed and where I see continued growth potential,” she said. “Our capacity to provide tailored solutions, together with our unique capabilities and leading expertise in asset classes, means we are well positioned to grow our long-term, strategic partnerships with current and future clients in France.”

Nordics promotion

Elsewhere in Europe, M&G last week promoted Otto Donner to head for the Nordics. Donner, who joined M&G in 2020, is based in Stockholm and continues to report to Robert Heaney, the group’s head of institutional distribution, EMEA.

“Covering one of Europe’s key areas for institutional investors, Otto’s appointment reflects his strong contribution in broadening M&G’s footprint in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway to around €4bn of assets under management,” said Heaney. “Otto will continue to build on this success and deepen relationships with insurance companies, pension funds and other institutional clients in the region.”

Pete Carvill

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