Axioma Taps Ex-BlackRock Exec Woida For Index Solutions Role

Apr 7 2017 | 6:24pm ET

Risk management specialist Axioma has named former BlackRock executive Christopher Woida as managing director of index solutions.

In his new role, Woida is responsible for strategy, development and sales in Axioma’s rapidly growing indexing initiative, the company said.

Prior to joining Axioma, Woida was an investment strategist and a founding member of the factor-based strategies group at BlackRock. During his seven-year tenure at BlackRock, Woida helped to build the company’s smart beta and factor-based platforms. He contributed to the design of the company’s first fixed income smart beta ETF, and its quantitative fixed income liquid alternatives mutual fund. More recently, he was the lead investment strategist for BlackRock’s flagship style factor hedge fund.

Beforehand joining BlackRock, Woida specializing in fixed income structured sales for Deutsche Bank Securities. He began his career at Intel Corporation as a senior R&D engineer.

“Chris brings a superb combination of strategic, sales and development skills to Axioma’s indexing initiative,” said Sebastian Ceria, CEO of Axioma, in a statement. “This is a classic case of talent meets opportunity, and we’re delighted to have Chris joining the team.”

Axioma’s index business leverages Axioma’s portfolio-construction expertise and solutions to build systematic indices for third parties, mainly index providers, investment banks and asset managers.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in New York, Axioma offers a comprehensive suite of integrated cloud-based portfolio construction, analytics, risk modeling and optimization tools that help clients create and model portfolios and obtain views of risk across the enterprise and multiple asset classes.

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