BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Natixis Investment Managers (Natixis IM) today announced its sponsorship of elite US amputee sprinter Femita Ayanbeku. Boston-native Ayanbeku, who represented the United States in the 2016 and 2020 Paralympic Games and won a bronze medal in the 2019 World Para Athletic Championships, is training for the opportunity to once again represent the United States at the highest level of para-athletic competitions in 2024. Through the sponsorship, Natixis IM hopes to inspire employees, clients and the community by highlighting Ayanbeku’s hard work, dedication, determination, and positivity as we follow her dream of earning the top accolade in her discipline. An active community advocate, Ayanbeku also will partner with Natixis IM to share her inspirational story with the firm’s charitable partners.
After a traumatic below-knee amputation, Ayanbeku found a passion for running when she was granted a custom prosthesis. Her dedication and resolve led to her participation at the U.S. Team Trails within months of receiving her first running blade, where she placed 1st in the 100-meter dash and 2nd in the 200-meter race in the T64 limb classification. Ayanbeku also holds the distinction of the fastest female amputee sprinter in the United States.
“We are proud to support Femita as she pursues her dream of athletic excellence,” said David Giunta, CEO of Natixis Investment Managers in the US. “Her determination to overcome adversity and compete at the highest global level is both inspiring and motivating.”
Ayanbeku is a devoted advocate for the amputee community. She is a member of the board of directors for the Born to Run Foundation and Adaptive Sports New England and is the founder of Limb-It-Less Creations, a non-profit organization she created to build awareness and provide support to the amputee community as well as people with physical disabilities. Ayanbeku’s advocacy for others aligns with Natixis IM’s long-standing commitment to support the community where we work and live. A collaboration creates opportunities to share Ayanbeku’s message of positivity, perseverance and acceptance as an extension of Natixis IM’s philanthropic endeavors. Recently, Natixis IM employees were recognized for the 11th time in 12 years for having the Most Generous Employees in Massachusetts in the annual Boston Business Journal ranking. The firm is also a fixture on BBJ’s list of the Largest Corporate Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts.
“Femita’s resilience, infectious positivity, and commitment to give back to the community captures the spirit of Natixis Investment Managers,” said Giunta. “We look forward to bringing our employees and the entire community together to root for Femita on her journey.”
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 $1.1 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 Investments;3 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. For additional information, please visit Natixis Investment Managers’ website at im.natixis.com | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/natixis-investment-managers.
Natixis Investment Managers’ distribution and service groups include Natixis Distribution, LLC, a limited purpose broker-dealer 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 2023 ranked Natixis Investment Managers as the 17th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2022.
2 Assets under management (“AUM”) of current affiliated entities measured as of September 30, 2023 are $1,179.7 billion (€1,114.3 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.