Axiom Extends Partnership to Five Members of the Firm
Axiom Investors is pleased to announce the addition of five new partners: Young Kim, Andrew Yoon, CFA, Steven Espinosa, CFA, Alexis Kokolis, CFA and Alex Harrison during the second quarter of 2021. Young and Andrew joined the firm as Co-Portfolio Managers to the emerging markets equity strategies team. Steven, Alexis, and Alex all serve as Global Sector Research Analysts at Axiom, with an average of 20 years of industry experience and 7 years working at the firm. “Steve, Alex, and Alexis have all been key contributors to our investment success as well as important stewards of our research culture and representatives for our dynamic growth stock selection process” states Axiom’s CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Andrew Jacobson.
Young Kim joined Axiom in 2021 as a Portfolio Manager for the Axiom Emerging Markets Equity Strategy. Prior to Axiom, Young spent a decade as a Senior Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle, where he helped lead over $7 billion in emerging market assets. Young also spent time in Singapore working for Marathon Asset Management, as well as for 360IP, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on investing in technology enabled emerging Asian enterprises. Prior to that, he served as a Vice President, Senior Analyst for Galleon Asia Investments. Young began his career as an engineer for software start-ups and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School as well as an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
Andrew Yoon, CFA joined Axiom in 2021 as a Portfolio Manager for the Axiom Emerging Markets World Equity Strategy. Prior to Axiom, Andrew spent a decade at Putnam Investments, most recently as Portfolio Manager for Putnam’s International Small & Mid-Cap product and Assistant Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets strategy. Andrew has the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an S.B. in Economics and Management Science with a minor in Chinese from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Steven Espinosa joined Axiom in 2013 and covers the information technology & communication services sector. Prior to joining Axiom, Steven was as an Equity Research Analyst at Neuberger Berman. Prior to that role, Steven was a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. He was also a Senior Banking Analyst at JP Morgan. Steven holds a B.S., Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A., from The Stern School of Business, New York University.
Alexis Kokolis joined Axiom in 2015 and covers the consumer sector as a Research Analyst. Prior to joining Axiom, Alexis was a buy-side analyst at at Fayez Sarofim & Co and Alpine Woods Capital Investors. She was also a Senior Associate at Alvarez & Marsal, specializing in financial valuation disputes and forensic analysis. Alexis holds a B.B.A., Finance and B.A. Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with University Honors and Plan II Special Honors. She received her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where she was a Heilbrunn Fellowship recipient.
Alex Harrison joined Axiom in 2014 and covers the consumer sector. Prior to joining Axiom, Alex was a Vice President, Sector Analyst at BlackRock and Nomura Asset Management. Prior to that, he was an Associate, Financial Analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Alex holds a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.B.A in Finance & Economics from Columbia Business School.