SOURCE: Amundi Smith Breeden

Amundi Smith Breeden

June 16, 2016 09:00 ET

Amundi Global Chief Investment Officer Pascal Blanque Receives Institutional Investor's 2016 European Manager Lifetime Achievement Award

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - Jun 16, 2016) - Amundi Smith Breeden today announced that Amundi Global Chief Investment Officer Pascal Blanqué is the recipient of Institutional Investor's 2016 European Manager Lifetime Achievement Award. Amundi Smith Breeden is the North American headquarters for Amundi, Europe's leading asset manager and a top-ten global investment manager.

Institutional Investor's European Lifetime Achievement Awards celebrate Europe's most honored asset managers, investors and companies. The Manager Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes European money managers who have delivered exceptional performance, risk management and service.

"I am honored to have my work recognized and to be included among such distinguished winners. I thank those who nominated me and Institutional Investor for this prestigious award," said Mr. Blanqué.

"I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition than Pascal," said Patrice Blanc, Chief Executive Officer of Amundi Smith Breeden. "For more than two decades, Pascal has conducted in-depth research and written extensively on monetary issues, the functioning of financial markets and the philosophical foundations of economics. We are proud to collaborate with Pascal and his team of investment professionals in service to our clients," Mr. Blanc concluded.

With a call for nominations, Institutional Investor reaches out to the financial industry to nominate honorees for the Achievement Awards. The awards were presented on June 15, 2016 in London. Additional information about the awards, winners and ceremony may be found at

As Global CIO of Amundi Group, Mr. Blanqué has put his theories into practice to offer Amundi's clients investment solutions that address the significant challenges of the current economic and financial environment.

In addition to serving as Amundi's Global Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Blanqué is Head of Institutional Business, and a member of the Amundi Group Executive Committee since February 2005. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of CPR AM in January 2007. From 2000 to 2005, he was Head of Economic Research and Chief Economist of Crédit Agricole. Before joining Crédit Agricole, Mr. Blanqué was Deputy Director of the Economic Research Department at Paribas (1997-2000) following four years as a strategist at Paribas Asset Management in London (1992-1996). He began his career in institutional and private asset management at Paribas in 1991.

An economist and financial historian, Mr. Blanqué is the author of several contributions. His research interests and academic work focus on monetary issues, the functioning of financial markets and the philosophical foundations of economics. His books include Essays in Positive Investment Management, Money, Memory and Asset Prices, The Social Economy of Freedom and Philosophy in Economics, all published and distributed by Economica and Brookings Institution Press. His publications in international journals and specialized newspapers include numerous articles on financial history, economics and policy making. He taught and conducted research at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole Polytechnique and Paris-Dauphine University. He is a member of the French Société d'Economie Politique and The 300 Club based in London.

Mr. Blanqué was awarded European CIO of the Year 2013 by Funds Europe, a business strategy magazine for Europe's asset management professionals.

Mr. Blanqué studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is a graduate of Paris's Institut d'Etudes Politiques and holds a PhD in Finance from Paris-Dauphine University.

About Amundi
Amundi is the No.1 European Asset Manager and in the Top 10 worldwide1 with AUM of more than $1 trillion worldwide2.

Located at the heart of the main investment regions in more than 30 countries, Amundi offers a comprehensive range of products covering all asset classes and major currencies.

Amundi has developed savings solutions to meet the needs of more than 100 million retail clients worldwide and designs innovative, high-performing products for institutional clients which are tailored specifically to their requirements and risk profile.

The Group contributes to funding the economy by orienting savings towards company development.

Amundi has become a leading European player in asset management, recognised for:

  • Product performance and transparency;
  • Quality of client relationships based on a long-term advisory approach;
  • Efficiency in its organisation and teams' promise to serving its clients;
  • Commitment to sustainable development and socially responsible investment policies.

1 No.1 European asset manager based on global assets under management (AUM) and the main headquarters being based in Europe- Source IPE " Top 400 asset managers" published in June 2015 and based on AUM as at December 2014.
2 Amundi figures as of 31 March 2016.

Amundi Asset Management, Société Anonyme with a registered capital of EUR 596 262 615 - Portfolio Manager regulated by AMF under number GP 04000036 - Registered office: 90, boulevard Pasteur, 75015 Paris, France - 437 574 452 RCS Paris

About Amundi Smith Breeden, LLC
Amundi Smith Breeden is the North American investment headquarters for Amundi. With ~$10 billion in assets under management, the firm manages a range of U.S. fixed income strategies and contributes to global fixed income portfolios managed by Amundi investment professionals in Europe and Asia. Smith Breeden, now Amundi Smith Breeden, was founded as a research-driven institutional asset management firm specializing in the major U.S. fixed income sectors. The firm has a 30+ year history of pioneering work in developing and applying quantitative financial analysis to valuing and trading fixed income securities, including Agency and non-Agency mortgage-backed securities and corporate credit. 

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