Garance Wattez-Richard launched and has been heading since the beginning of 2016 AXA Emerging Customers, a business whose objective is to protect tomorrow’s middle class and close the insurance gap across emerging markets. Before developing this business, she spear-headed SheforShield, the first global study to have put under the spotlight the potential represented for the insurance industry by women as a growing client segment.
She started her career at the European Commission in Brussels, went on to work within the Office of the Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, to then spend several years working as a strategy consultant.
In February 2005, she joined AXA Investment Managers as Executive Assistant to the CEO. In 2007, she was appointed Head of Corporate, Brand & Research Marketing of AXA IM, before becoming Global Head of External Communications for the AXA Group in 2012. Garance Wattez-Richard is a graduate of the London School of Economics, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po.) and holds an MBA from INSEAD.