Paris, January 18th, 2021

Kepler Cheuvreux announces three major new appointments to support its strategic ambitions: Grégoire VARENNE as Chairman of the Management Board, Marine BAZÉ as General Secretary and Anvar KARIMSON as Chief Technology Innovation Officer.

“These three appointments show that Kepler Cheuvreux continues to develop its strategy and responds to the challenges imposed by the coronavirus crisis. Our independence and agility will help us to accelerate our digital transformation. Our strategic priorities are to strengthen our position as an independent European leader in financial services specialising in research, execution, advisory and asset management and to continue our diversification.” stated Laurent QUIRIN, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Kepler Cheuvreux.

Chairman of the Management Board – Grégoire VARENNE

Grégoire VARENNE has been appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Kepler Cheuvreux. Based in Paris, Grégoire VARENNE will focus on the development and strategic plan of the group for the coming years. Benefiting from long and strong management experience in the financial sector, Grégoire’s fields of expertise are capital markets, management, business development, and IT.

Grégoire VARENNE graduated from Mines ParisTech School. He then worked for 20 years at Société Générale where he successively held the positions of Head of UK and Northern European Equity Derivatives, Head of Asia-Pacific Equity Derivatives and Head of Equity Activities for Japan, Head of Fixed Income for Europe and Asia, and finally, Co-head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC). In 2010, he became a Partner at Viognier Capital Management LLP (an asset management company) and since 2017 Senior Advisor at Aiyo Group (active in capital markets).

General Secretary – Marine BAZÉ

Marine BAZÉ is appointed General Secretary of the group. Also based in Paris, her missions will be to manage and supervise corporate aspects of all group’s legal entities, including relations with external parties such as institutional investors, shareholders and regulators. Both her academic and professional backgrounds are key to success in her new functions.

Marine BAZÉ graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Corporate and Financial Law, and from HEC Paris in International Management. She was a lawyer at the Paris bar and practiced in Private Equity and M&A for almost 8 years at Latham & Watkins and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

Chief Technology Innovation Officer – Anvar KARIMSON

Anvar KARIMSON is appointed Chief Technology Innovation Officer and will be based in London. The pandemic has revealed a strong and immediate need for technological innovation and a path to digitalisation. Anvar KARIMSON brings a wealth of experience in leading the build and transformation of technology services, and will ensure the group will succeed in the face of new challenges, while also enabling the execution of new business opportunities by the delivery of new technical capabilities.

Anvar KARIMSON has a M.Sc. in Information and Communication Technology from The Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm. He brings 15 years’ experience of delivering global technological transformation for leading financial services firms. He joins us from BGC Partners where he held the position of Head of Development, Client Facing Technology.

About Kepler Cheuvreux 

Kepler Cheuvreux is a leading independent European financial services company which specialises in Research, Execution, Fixed Income and Credit, Structured Solutions, Corporate Finance and Asset Management.

The group employs around 600 staff and is present in 13 major financial centres in Europe and the USA: Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich.

Group key figures:
* 1st independent European equity broker
* 2 billion euros of equities traded daily on average
* 1st Equity Research coverage in Continental Europe
* 1st Country Leaders Board (Institutional Investor 2020)
* 13 major financial centres in Europe and the USA
* 600 employees