European Division

Kanesh Lakhani Fiera Capital

Kanesh Lakhani

President and Chief Executive Officer, European Division
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Kanesh joined Fiera Capital in October 2018 as President and CEO of Fiera Capital’s European Division. For the seven years prior to that Kanesh was Managing Director of EMEA & Asia Distribution at First State Investments. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing both Wholesale and Institutional sales and client teams based in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. Kanesh was a member of the firm’s Global Operating Group, which was responsible for overall strategy formulation and implementation worldwide. He was also a Director of a number of First State entities in the UK and Japan.

Prior to that Kanesh spent almost 14 years at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) as a Senior Managing Director. He held various roles there, heading up European marketing, sales, client and consultant relations teams. Latterly, Kanesh was the Head of the UK & Middle East business and in this capacity, he chaired the Board of SSgA UK. He was also a Director of SSgA’s operation in India.

In his earlier career, Kanesh held senior client relations roles at Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors, which became Barclays Global Investors. He also gained investment consulting experience at Russell and was Co-Director of Manager Research at the time of leaving. Kanesh holds a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University and an MBA in Finance from the Cass Business School, London.