Christian Thimann was elected a Director of the General Partner in February 2014. In January 2014, he joined AXA as a Member of the Executive Committee and Group Head of Strategy & Public Affairs. Thimann previously held several senior positions over 15 years with the European Central Bank, including serving as director general and adviser to the president from November 2008 until December 2013. From 1995 to 1998, he worked with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. Thimann is Trustee of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance and has published numerous articles on international finance, monetary economics and macroeconomics. He holds an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD in economics from the University of Munich.