Following a string of key appointments, PremiaLab, a Fintech platform for risk premier strategies, has announced its latest big hire as Dr. Vincent Zoonekind joins the team as Head of Data Science this week. Formerly the head of Quantitative Research at Deutsche Bank between October 2013 and August 2019, Dr. Zoonekind will be leading PremiaLab’s research and development team, quite a significant role considering the fintech’s service offering.
PremiaLab is the independent digital platform providing data and analytics on systematic trading strategies dedicated to institutional investors. The platform’s activity is targeted at reducing cost and streamlining access to the fast-growing market of risk premier and smart beta products. With the PremiaLab platform, asset allocators and institutional investors are able to efficiently access data and analytics on systematic strategies from across a vast network of providers with advanced portfolio construction and factor decomposition tools.
This appointment follows a steady growth strategy instigated towards the end of 2019, when PremiaLab set its sights on the U.S. with a North American expansion plan following significant success in the European and Asian markets. This resulted in a formal launch of its U.S. offering and the opening of its U.S. headquarters in New York. As part of the expansion, a number of senior appointments were made, including Daniel Fields, former Global Head of Markets at Societe Generale, and Dr. Georgios Sittas, former Head of Equity Derivatives Trading at Standard Chartered.
Complementing this growth, Dr. Zoonekind holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics, graduating from École Normale Supérieure. His career includes over 15 years’ experience in quantitative research and data science, as well as senior positions at SRL and Goldman Sachs. On this appointment, Adrien Geliot, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PremiaLab, shared: “We are delighted to welcome Vincent to the team. His extensive expertise in data science and machine learning will allow our clients to better position and manage their portfolios.”
With offices in Paris, Hong Kong, Stockholm, and New York, Dr. Zoonekind will join an international team devoted to a global client base supported by the most up-to-date risk premier dataset, advanced portfolio construction, performance risk, and analytics. In 2019, the platform was reported to have provided information on an estimated $480 billion of assets under management.
The firm has established strong partnerships with the top 15 investment banks, global asset managers, pensions funds, and insurance companies.