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Distribution chief for Ignis

Ignis Asset Management has appointed AllianceBernstein UK chief executive officer and chairman Claude Chene as head of distribution.

Chene, who joins the firm in October, will head global distribution for both the retail and institutional businesses and will also join the Ignis board.

His appointment comes a month after Ignis announced the departure of sales and marketing director Jonathan Polin.

Chene joined AllianceBernstein in 1998 to launch the firm’s UK and European offering. He has also held distribution roles at UBS Asset Management, Chase Investors Management Corp and Irwin Trust Company.

Chene is also a member of the IMA’s institutional business committee and a member of the IMA board.

Ignis chief executive Chris Samuel says: “Under Claude’s guidance and working closely with me, we look forward to strengthening our presence in all our chosen markets.”

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