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Money Management

Natixis-financed Thematics Investment Management names head of development

Mohammed Amor was named managing partner and head of development at Thematics Asset Management, a spokeswoman said Tuesday in a telephone interview.

The roles are new. Mr. Amor will lead the new global equities investment firm seeded by Natixis Investment Managers with €100 million ($113 million).

Starting in the second quarter, Thematics Asset Management will run three active global strategies, focused on safety, water, and artificial intelligence and robotics. The fourth strategy will combine all three themes. The team's investment process will incorporate environmental, social and governance factors, Natixis said in a news release.

Thematics also appointed Karen Kharmandarian as chairman and CIO. The roles are also new.

Messrs. Kharmandarian and Amor previously worked at Pictet Asset Management, where they were portfolio managers. Additional details could not be learned.

"The launch of Thematics Asset Management, as part of our multiaffiliate asset management model exemplifies Natixis' response turning a long-term trend from a challenge into an opportunity," said François Riahi, chairman of Natixis Investment Managers' board and CEO of Natixis, in a news release.

"The addition of Thematics Asset Management to our lineup of affiliated managers makes a substantial contribution to our global equity range and provides our investors around the world with access to distinctive thematic strategies," Natixis Investment Managers CEO Jean Raby said in the release.

Natixis Investment Managers had €808 billion in assets under management as of Dec.31.