BNP Paribas Asset Management hires Nordic region ETF sales specialist

January 16, 2023

BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) continues to strengthen its ETF distribution capabilities with the appointment of John Altas in the newly-created role of ETF Specialist for the Nordic region.  Based in Stockholm, he joined on 16 January and reports functionally to Claus Hecher, Regional ETF Head of Sales for Northern Europe, and locally to Morten Bentsen, Head of Distribution for BNP Paribas Asset Management in the Nordic region.

Altas joins from BlackRock and has ten years’ asset management industry experience, as a Relationship Manager and Sales Support Manager.  At BNPP AM he will focus on developing the company’s ETF client base in the Nordic region and providing clients with specialist expertise in sustainable ETFs and index investment solutions.

Morten Bentsen, Head of Distribution for BNP Paribas AM in the Nordic region comments:

“John’s appointment is another step in the continued strengthening of our position in the Nordic region, where investors’ global leadership in sustainability is fully aligned with BNPP AM’s core values.  We are seeing growing demand for ESG-focused ETF strategies and are continuing to expand our offering, and John’s experience will be key as we bring a broader range of sustainable and thematic solutions to our regional client base.”

Claus Hecher, Regional ETF Head of Sales for Northern Europe, comments:

“Growing client demand for ESG ETFs has led to strong growth for BNPP AM’s thematic and sustainable index solutions business in several European countries, where we have considerably strengthened our sales presence and visibility in recent years.  We are building on this momentum and John’s appointment is instrumental to our expansion in the Nordic region as we look to repeat the success that we have enjoyed elsewhere.”

BNPP AM manages ETF and index fund assets totalling EUR 39 billion, including thematic and sustainable products.[1].

[1] Source: BNPP AM, as at November 2022.