ECB's counsellor to the president crosses lines to Axa

Euro sign, Frankfurt

Christian Thimann, currently counsellor to the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), is to join the multinational insurer and asset manager Axa Group at the turn of the year.

Thimann joins Axa as head of strategy and public affairs, sitting on the group's 18-member executive committee.

A German citizen, Thimann began his career at strategy consulting firm Roland Berger in 1990. In 1995 he joined the International Monetary Fund, taking on various responsibilities within the Asian and the

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