Frankfurt, 21 July 2023 – Natixis Investment Managers (Natixis IM) today announces the promotion of Patrick Sobotta to Regional Head of Germany, Austria and Central & Eastern Europe. Sobotta is also promoted to Executive Managing Director and will be responsible for the retail, wholesale and institutional activities within those regions. He will also be appointed to the Business Development Committee. He reports to Fabrice Chemouny, Executive Vice President and Head of International Sales at Natixis Investment Managers.

With Patrick Sobotta's promotion, Natixis IM, which offers its clients a wide range of diversified investment philosophies and strategies through its more than 15 investment management affiliates, will continue to expand its business in the region over the long term. Sobotta‘s first new hire will be Erik Crawford who has more than 20 years of industry experience and will join as Senior Sales Director covering Institutional clients in August.

Fabrice Chemouny: "Our German business is a key strategic priority for Natixis IM in Europe where we remain focused on delivering excellence to our clients. I am therefore pleased to announce Patrick Sobotta’s promotion emphasizing his wide-ranging experience and long-term commitment to our business. Patrick has been instrumental in the success of the region, where in the seven years since he joined the team has more than tripled assets under management for clients from Germany. Strengthening our local team will allow us to get even closer to our clients and partners and develop solutions for their investment needs in dialogue with them. I also look forward to welcoming Erik to the firm."

Patrick Sobotta: "I am delighted that the firm has offered me the opportunity to grow together with them. Tailoring the solutions of our more than 15 investment affiliates in combination with my own capital market knowledge to deliver actively managed solutions to clients – that is what fascinates me so much about this task. I look forward to building out the team and growing our investment footprint in the region."

Sobotta has more than 15 years of experience in the distribution of investment solutions. Before joining Natixis IM in 2016, he was a Senior Sales Director at Amundi, responsible for both wholesale and institutional clients in Germany. At Natixis IM, his responsibilities gradually expanded from wholesale sales for Germany to responsibility for Austria and most recently for the entire Central and Eastern European region.

Erik Crawford joins Natixis IM from Nuveen Asset Management where he was most recently Director, Global Client Group. Prior to this he worked at PIMCO covering institutional clients. He has also held positions with HQ Trust and Mercer in Germany.
About Natixis Investment Managers
Natixis Investment Managers’ multi-affiliate approach connects clients to the independent thinking and focused expertise of more than 15 active managers. Ranked among the world’s largest asset managers1 with more than $1.2 trillion assets under management2 (€1.1 trillion), Natixis Investment Managers delivers a diverse range of solutions across asset classes, styles, and vehicles, including innovative environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies and products dedicated to advancing sustainable finance. The firm partners with clients in order to understand their unique needs and provide insights and investment solutions tailored to their long-term goals.

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Investment Managers is part of the Global Financial Services division of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France through the Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne retail networks. Natixis Investment Managers’ affiliated investment management firms include AEW; DNCA Investments3 ; Dorval Asset Management; Flexstone Partners; Gateway Investment Advisers; Harris Associates; Investors Mutual Limited; Loomis, Sayles & Company; Mirova; MV Credit; Naxicap Partners; Ossiam; Ostrum Asset Management; Seventure Partners; Thematics Asset Management; Vauban Infrastructure Partners; Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; and WCM Investment Management. Additionally, investment solutions are offered through Natixis Investment Managers Solutions and Natixis Advisors, LLC. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions.

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Natixis Investment Managers’ distribution and service groups include Natixis Distribution, LLC, a limited purpose brokerdealer and the distributor of various US registered investment companies for which advisory services are provided by
affiliated firms of Natixis Investment Managers, Natixis Investment Managers S.A. (Luxembourg), Natixis Investment Managers International (France), and their affiliated distribution and service entities in Europe and Asia.

1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2022 ranked Natixis Investment Managers as the 18th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2021.
2 Assets under management (“AUM”) of current affiliated entities measured as of March 31, 2023 are $1,208.2 billion (€1,111.9 billion). AUM, as reported, may include notional assets, assets serviced, gross assets, assets of minority-owned affiliated entities and other types of non-regulatory AUM managed or serviced by firms affiliated with Natixis Investment Managers.
3 A brand of DNCA Finance.