Natixis Global Associates (NGA), the distribution arm of Natixis Global Asset Management, has appointed Sami Abdo to the newly-created position of senior sales director for the Middle East. Mr Abdo is based in Dubai and reports to Jamal Saab, NGA's managing director and head of Middle East – North Africa (MENA).
Mr Abdo will be responsible for developing new business in the Middle East.
Mr Abdo has over 20 years' experience in financial services, which includes roles at the Royal Bank of Canada based in London, Nomura and Merrill Lynch. Mr Abdo also served as managing director at Quilvest, a multi-family office based in Paris. He most recently worked as an independent advisor to high net worth clients in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries with a particular focus on private equity as well as real estate and hedge funds.
"Sami's appointment signals our commitment to growing our sales presence across the MENA region," said Mr Saab. "NGA is seeing much interest in the region for its multi-boutique approach and its broad range of investment offerings – from Latin America specialists Hansberger Global Investors to global equity funds from Harris Associates, from private equity funds from Natixis Caspian Private Equity to equities and fixed-income offerings from Loomis, Sayles & Company.
"Sami's knowledge and experience of the particular needs of MENA investors will play an important role in bringing the expertise of these and other investment affiliates to one of our key audiences."
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