HSBC appoints Chief Investment Officer for Europe International and MENA

HSBC has appointed Georgios Leontaris as Chief Investment Officer (CIO), MENA and Europe International, HSBC Private Banking and Wealth Management.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Georgios will functionally report to Willem Sels, Global CIO, HSBC Private Banking and Wealth, and to Karl Faivre, Regional Head of Investments & Wealth Solutions, Europe International and MENA, on an entity basis.

As CIO, Georgios will play a crucial role in developing the house view, asset allocation, thematic ideas and thought leadership pieces. He will work hand in hand with client-facing teams and be in frequent contact with Private Banking and Wealth clients across Europe and MENA to provide solid investment advice across all asset classes. Georgios’ appointment comes into effect on 1 September 2021.

Speaking on the appointment, Willem Sels said: “We are delighted to appoint Georgios to the CIO team in one of our most important markets. His extensive experience in fixed income and client advisory will allow us to continue to turn our expertise into attractive investment opportunities for our clients, including in key growth regions such as Asia.”

Georgios is currently the Head of Fixed Income Advisory in the Swiss Private Bank, where he has developed deep insight into rate, credit, emerging markets and currency dynamics. He has been at HSBC for 14 years, holding roles across fixed income and investment advisory, and has worked in Switzerland and the USA. A Chartered Financial Analyst, Georgios holds a Master’s of Science from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Bath.