BNP Paribas Asset Management Appoints Mike Nikou as CEO & Head of Distribution APAC, Succeeds Steven Billiet
8th September 2022 | Hong Kong
BNP Paribas Asset Management has appointed Mike Nikou as CEO & Head of Distribution Asia-Pacific (15/9/22), succeeding Steven Billiet who was appointed as Head of Global Client Group (August 2021) and will continue to serve as the Asia-Pacific Head. Mike Nikou is a veteran & business leader in the financial services and asset management industry, including 20 years holding senior roles at Fidelity International and most recently a Global Partner at Antler (Singapore), a global venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Mike will be based in Singapore following his appointment before relocating to Hong Kong, and reports to Steven Billiet (Paris, France), and regionally to Paul Yang, Head of BNP Paribas Asia-Pacific. Steven Billiet: “Mike’s experience in leading and developing a portfolio of businesses across multiple Asia Pacific markets enable him to have an acute understanding of client expectations in the region. With a proven track record of growing businesses in both new and established markets, I am confident he will be able to expand our strategic footprint in what continues to be a growth region for BNP Paribas Asset Management; by deepening our business development activities and delivering quality services and sustainable solutions to our clients.”
“ BNP Paribas Asset Management Appoints Mike Nikou as CEO & Head of Distribution APAC, Succeeds Steven Billiet “
Mike Nikou, BNP Paribas Asset Management CEO & Head of Distribution Asia-Pacific
BNP Paribas Asset Management: Mike will build on the firm’s achievements and ensure consistency with the strategy developed during Steven’s tenure as Asia Pacific CEO. This includes reinforcing BNPP AM’s leadership in sustainable investing while deepening the commercial traction of the business in Asia Pacific, and spearheading the firm’s distribution activities by developing and managing the build-out of BNPP AM’s wholesale and institutional sales strategy for the region. In addition, Mike will also focus on the expansion of the firm’s business and presence in China, which remains a key market for the firm and the BNP Paribas Group.
As a veteran and business leader in the financial services and asset management industry, Mike’s career spans over 30 years, of which more than 20 years were senior roles at Fidelity International. During his tenure at Fidelity, he successfully developed business strategies for the retail and institutional segments across multiple countries and regions, including Asia Pacific. He was most recently a Global Partner at Antler (Singapore), a global venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology companies. Mike holds a Diploma from the Institute of Insurance (IFU) in Sweden, an affiliate of the Stockholm School of Economics, and a Diploma in Business Marketing / Economics (Marknadsekonom) from the Frans Shartaus Business Institute in Sweden.
BNP Paribas Asset Management
BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) is the investment arm of BNP Paribas, a leading banking group in Europe with international reach. BNPP AM aims to generate long-term sustainable investment returns for its clients, based on a unique sustainability-driven philosophy. BNPP AM’s investment capabilities are focused around five key strategies: High Conviction Strategies, Private Debt & Real Assets, Multi-Asset, Quantitative & Solutions (MAQS), Emerging markets and Liquidity Solutions, with investment processes incorporating quantitative and fundamental analysis. Sustainability is embedded within BNPP AM’s strategy and investment decision-making. Among the leaders in thematic investment in Europe, BNPP AM contributes to the energy transition, environmental sustainability and the promotion of equality and inclusive growth. BNPP AM currently manages EUR 500 billion of assets (EUR 622 billion of assets under management and advisory) and benefits from the expertise of around 500 investment professionals and around 800 client servicing specialists, serving individual, corporate and institutional clients in 67 countries (30th June 2022).