European asset manager Amundi, with over $2trn in assets under management, has hired Michelle Bekhazi as senior vice president, institutional sales, to oversee its institutional relationships across the Middle East.

Bekhazi joins Amundi Asset Management in Dubai, where she previously held institutional sales and investor relations roles for companies including Principal Asset Management, Introspect Capital, and State Street Global Advisors.

In June last year she became a board member of the CFA Society Emirates.

Ziad Sikias, CEO for the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia at Amundi Asset Management said: “We are delighted to have Michelle join us at this exciting time for Amundi in the Middle East as we expand from our office to 12 professionals in DIFC.

“Our clients expect strong investment returns and world class service, and Michelle will ensure that our relationships with key institutional partners continue to go from strength to strength.”