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Leadership Team

An experienced team focused on execution

Pierre Mendelsohn: Founder, CEO

An engineer at heart, Pierre founded ALPIMA in October 2014 to give professional and institutional investors a new service focused on rule-based investing and asset allocation.

Since then, Pierre, along with his team, designed and built the ALPIMA platform around the concept of Object-Oriented Investing(TM). Subsequently, Pierre oversaw the implementation of the ALPIMA platform at prestigious institutional clients globally.

Prior to founding ALPIMA, Pierre worked for two decades with leading investment banks in New York, London and Hong Kong in global markets, focusing on quantitative investment strategies (QIS) and derivatives, in origination, structuring, sales, management and senior management roles. Along with his teams, Pierre has launched numerous investment products and systematic strategies which, in total, collected tens of billions of dollars from institutional and HNW clients globally.

Previously, Pierre was a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley for four years in London and Hong Kong. Before that, he was a Managing Director with Merrill Lynch for eleven years in London. Among other things, he ran and scaled Merrill INVEST, Merrill’s securitised product platform in EMEA from 2005 to 2010. Previously Pierre worked in Global Markets and Risk Analytics with Bankers Trust in London and New York, and as a management consultant with Oliver Wyman & Company in New York.

Pierre holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering majoring in Applied Mathematics from Princeton University and an MS in Engineering / Computational Fluid Dynamics from INPG, France.

He lives in London with his wife and three children. Marathon runner, instrument-rated pilot and aviation fan.

Ilan Heimann: Head of Sales and Partnerships

Ilan joined ALPIMA in November 2015 as Head of Sales and Partnerships.

Ilan heads up our team of talented sales people and oversees all client-facing activities. He has managed the successful implementation of the ALPIMA platform at a wide range of prestigious institutions globally.

Prior to ALPIMA, Ilan spent two decades in the asset management industry working with institutional clients globally across all asset classes. He is passionate about innovation and simplifying investment solutions.

Before joining ALPIMA, Ilan was a Senior Vice President with PIMCO for eight years, most recently as Account Manager and Business Developer for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, covering institutional clients. Prior to that Ilan ran PIMCO’s EMEA Structured Product offering and created PIMCO’s Advisory Business.

Previously, Ilan worked for eleven years with Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) in various roles within equities, fixed income and alternative investments. Throughout his tenure Ilan was, amongst other things, responsible for establishing GSAM’s European Equity Risk Management effort, an Equity portfolio construction framework for global equity portfolios, and assisting institutional clients in creating bespoke multi-asset investment solutions.
Ilan holds an MSc in Business Finance from Brunel University and studied Business Administration at Saarland University, Germany. He is a CFA® charterholder.

He lives in London with his wife and two children. Keen skier and cyclist.

Anastasia Bikou: Managing Director of Sales

Anastasia joined ALPIMA in May 2018 as MD of Sales.

Since then, Anastasia has managed the successful implementation of the ALPIMA platform at several large institutions in EMEA.

Before joining ALPIMA, Anastasia worked with Goldman Sachs in London for nine years, where she was responsible for FX distribution to Institutional Clients across EMEA.

Previously, she worked as a Derivatives Trader at the Treasury Division of National Bank of Greece. She started her career as a Financial Analyst with Merrill Lynch in New York.

Trained as an engineer, Anastasia combines extensive capital markets expertise with hands-on project management and highly technical skills.

Anastasia holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, and two Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Economics from Brown University.

She is passionate about travel and photography. She lives in London with her husband and son.

Geoff Langham: Chief Operating Officer

A twenty year veteran in the Finance industry, Geoff brings a wealth of experience from a trading and management perspective. Raised and educated in Canada at Queen’s University, he relocated to London to complete his MSc in Financial Economics from Queen Mary & Westfield, the University of London, and began his career at JP Morgan on their Trading programme. He then moved to Morgan Stanley on both the buy and sell side as an equity trader.

In early 2000, Geoff moved to a then small financial technology firm, CMC Markets, an early adopter of internet trading technology and consumer-lead financial derivatives, where he ran the Trading department and contributed to the company’s rapid growth from 50-1200 employees as a main board member.

At ALPIMA, Geoff is responsible for implementing the company's infrastructure and contributing to its strategic direction. He has worked closely with all teams to successfully deliver solutions to its global clients and partners.

In his spare time Geoff is a keen tennis player, skier, husband and father to his three young daughters.

Craig Gibbons: Chief Technology Officer

Craig joined ALPIMA in December 2014 as CTO and is responsible for all technology-related aspects of the firm.

Craig leads a team of talented developers and designers working on the Front-End, related APIs and data integration. He also oversees platform architecture, information security and governance.

He has a broad range of experience in technology and finance covering portfolio construction, derivatives, structured products, credit & market risk.

Craig previously worked with Pierre on the trading floor of Merrill Lynch in London, where he was responsible for the architecture, design, development and implementation of the Merrill INVEST platform – a suite of client-facing sites, trading applications and an issuance platform.

Craig holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from Cass Business School London.

He is currently studying towards an MSc in Software Engineering at Oxford.

He has ongoing aspirations to add to his count of marathons and IronMan events.

Ran Achiron: Chief Financial Engineer

Ran joined ALPIMA in March 2015 and was quickly promoted to Chief Financial Engineer.

He leads a team of highly skilled quants who operate our versatile quant platform as it continuously grows.

Ran architected and, along with his team, built ALPIMA’s quant core, from our powerful quant API to our growing library of optimisation engines.

He oversaw the delivery of the ALPIMA platform from a quant perspective at various clients worldwide.

Before joining ALPIMA, Ran served as team commander in an elite technological unit in Israel’s Intelligence Corps, where he developed his expertise in network security applications and data-management products.

Previously, he was involved in the development of state-of-the-art software architecture solutions for several start-ups and healthcare institutes in Israel.

Ran holds an M.Sc. in Finance from HEC Paris and a B.Sc. in Mathematics & Economics from Tel-Aviv University. He lives in Tel Aviv, visiting the London office on a regular basis.