Style Research, a specialist in factor-based analysis, has appointed experienced fintech leader Sebastien Roussotte (pictured), as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Roussotte succeeds Kirsten English, who was appointed as CEO by lead investor Lyceum Capital Partners in 2015. After successfully implementing a programme of significant investment, during which the global team has doubled to 60 professionals, she has now been appointed a non-executive director of Style Research. In this role, she will be responsible for examining potential partnership, merger and acquisition opportunities.
The changes come at a time of growing popularity for factor investing, with investment managers actively seeking ways to differentiate their performance. Style Research sets the standard for portfolio transparency, enabling managers to clearly articulate the asset mix and differentiating characteristics of their holdings.
“Sebastien will build on the excellent foundational work Kirsten completed in the first phase of our growth strategy,” says Sally Tennant, Chair of Style Research. “As a result of these efforts, he’s in a strong position to help us capitalize from the macro trends that are providing a tailwind to the business.”
“Style Research is uniquely placed to help institutional investors improve their performance and profitability by giving finer detail on investment styles and clearer ways to communicate them. In this exciting leadership role, I look forward to building on the successes to date while strengthening our collaboration with existing customers,” says Roussotte.
Roussotte’s software and asset management experience includes general manager of the Investment Management Division at Misys and COO at Sophis. Over his 25-year career, he has also worked in senior risk-related roles at Thomson Reuters and other financial firms.
English, who has extensive global private equity and fintech experience adds: “It’s an exciting time for Style Research, and for me personally. With the mandate to explore global partnership opportunities, I look forward to supporting Sebastien and the Board as we strive to deliver superior value to both shareholders and clients.”
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