Appointment of Kumar Kalyanakumar as Head of Australia

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets appoints Kumar Kalyanakumar as Head of Australia

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets ("AXA IM - Real Assets"), a global leader in real assets investment and the leading(1) real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe, announces that, effective immediately, Kumar Kalyanakumar has been appointed as Head of Australia at AXA IM - Real Assets and Managing Director of Eureka - Real Assets ("Eureka"), the Australian investment and asset management business it acquired in September 2016. Effective immediately, Kumar replaces Bob Kelly, allowing the company to continue benefiting from his experience.

Kumar has been involved in the real estate investment management sector for over 30 years and, as one of the founders of Eureka, has been heavily involved in the running of the business since its establishment in 2004. He holds a number of important client relationships, has a strong understanding of Eureka's business and strengths, and has played a leading role in its integration into AXA IM - Real Assets, which is now completed.

In addition to his responsibilities as a non-executive director, Bob Kelly will continue to help both build and seek opportunities for Eureka's Environmental Upgrade Finance business, reflecting his continued commitment and enthusiasm for finding innovative solutions for energy and environmental issues affecting the property industry.

Laurent Jacquemin, Head of Asia Pacific at AXA IM - Real Assets, commented: "Kumar has played a significant role in the growth of Eureka as well as its integration into AXA IM - Real Assets, ensuring that the enlarged business and our clients benefit from the expanded network and offering. I have every confidence in Kumar's ability to drive Eureka through the next stages of its evolution and I am looking forward to working with him to achieve our strong ambitions in the Asia Pacific region, a key market for AXA IM - Real Assets."

"I would also like to thank Bob Kelly for his vision and strong contribution to the creation of such a reputable business in Eureka and to his invaluable help and assistance over the past 16 months in helping bring our two businesses together so successfully. Bob is highly regarded in the Australian real estate market and is well known for his passion in tackling the environmental issues facing the sector and I am therefore pleased that he will remain with us as a non-executive director, so that we will continue to benefit from his expertise."

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1 Source: INREV/ANREV Fund Manager Survey - May 2017 in terms of assets under management


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1 Source: AXA IM unaudited data

2 Source: AXA IM - Real Assets’ unaudited data

3 Source: INREV/ANREV Fund Manager Survey – May 2017 in terms of assets under management


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