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Unigestion, a European privately owned asset manager, has appointed Philippe Gougenheim as managing director, head of hedge funds.

Gougenheim joins Unigestion from Man Investments where he was a senior portfolio manager, having held the positions of chairman of the firm’s investment committee and head of strategic research and management.

He was managing director of Millennium Capital Management from 2005 to 2008 and has previously headed proprietary trading and interest rate derivatives teams at Société Générale and JP Morgan respectively.

Based in Geneva, Gougenheim will lead the development of Unigestion’s funds of hedge funds business, which comprises 37 investment professionals in offices in Geneva, London, New York, Paris, Guernsey and Singapore.

His arrival will allow Unigestion’s chief executive officer Patrick Fenal to devote more time to the strategic management of the group. Bernard Sabrier, Unigestion’s chairman, and Fenal will maintain significant involvement in the funds of hedge funds business and will continue to act as members of the strategic committee and to be part of the monthly investment committee.

Fenal says: “Philippe Gougenheim brings enormous experience and a proven track record to the role of head of hedge funds and we are delighted he is joining Unigestion. Combined with the existing expertise of our funds of hedge funds team, he will add further momentum to the growth of our funds of hedge funds business by ensuring our clients continue to receive a combination of products and service at the leading edge of the industry.”

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