Axiom Investors promotes Kurt Polk to President and Ed Azimi to Chief Operating Officer
Axiom Investors is pleased to announce the promotion of Kurt Polk to the position of President and Edward Azimi to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Since Kurt joined in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Distribution, Axiom has expanded its client base, enhanced the firm’s client service efforts, and raised several billion dollars in assets under management. Ed Azimi, who joined in 2015 as Deputy Chief Operating Officer, has been critical to optimizing the firm’s operational and technology infrastructure to support Axiom’s growth. “Kurt and Ed have been terrific partners and they have made outstanding contributions to Axiom’s success working alongside the investment team,” said Andrew Jacobson, Axiom’s CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He added, “with our strong executive leadership and team of experienced portfolio managers, global sector analysts, traders, marketing, operations and compliance specialists, Axiom is very well positioned to deliver excellence in investment management, client service and portfolio oversight.” As President, Kurt leads all of Axiom’s non-investment activities, and as Chief Operating Officer, Ed manages Axiom’s operational and technological infrastructure.
Prior to joining Axiom in August 2014, Kurt was CEO at Rainier Investment Management, an institutional asset management firm. During Kurt’s 19 year investment career, he has held leadership positions in distribution, business management, and strategy. Prior to entering the investment business, Kurt was an officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Texas and Germany. He earned his B.A. in Economics and Business from the Virginia Military Institute and his M.B.A. in Finance from St. Mary’s University in Texas. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Ed Azimi joined the firm in June 2015 and has over 21 years of industry experience, having most recently served in leadership roles in operations management at Epoch Investment Partners and Cramer Rosenthal McGlynn. Ed earned his B.B.A. and M.B.A. both in Finance from The Lubin School of Business at Pace University.