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Christos Costandinides

Accomplished Product Strategy Professional

Personal Statement

Talented, personable and effective Product Strategy executive with over 15 years of international hands-on in depth client facing experience. Proven results oriented leader with strong strategic thinking and execution background. Seeking an opportunity to utilize highly transferable and impactful skill set and add value to an organization's bottom line. EB-1 Green Card Recipient (2014) under category of Extraordinary Abilities, granted on basis of experience & contributions to the investment finance industry. Solid education background, Berkeley MBA. 

Work History

05/2014Present

Product & Sales Strategy Consultant

BlueHarbor Inc., USA
  • Advise asset managers, hedge funds, index providers and institutional investors, indicative projects include:

    • Product & Sales Strategy: Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) market entry, index market strategic outlook, fixed income index price providers competitive dynamics, newly acquired macro hedge fund investment strategy repositioning.
    • Investment strategy: Index market M&A valuation outlook, quantifying impact of using equity and fixed income futures versus ETFs, fund structuring considerations in portfolio implementation.
    • Thought Leadership: Written extensively on ETFs, smart beta strategies, active asset management outlook, FinTech, AI, big data, index industry transformation, new market infrastructure technologies, European economic outlook.
04/201304/2014

Index Research & Product Strategy,  Director

IHS Markit, Information Division, UK
  • Led the Index Product Strategy and Research team for the IHS Markit iBoxx bond index franchise, the world’s second largest fixed income index franchise with over $100 bil. benchmarked assets.
  • Managed new product development process and commercial arrangements covering a range of over 40K bond indices, contributing to a 20% increase in revenue for 2013-14.
  • Spearheaded new ETF index product idea development, working with top ($600 bil. assets, 50% market share) global ETF provider client product teams, leading to the creation of the world’s first Ultrashort and Contingent Convertible index families ($2 bil. combined assets).
  • Designed and launched the company’s first monthly Bond Market Review research publication, ramping up distribution to over 10 thousand subscribers globally within six months, significantly raising the iBoxx product’s profile with investors.
11/200903/2013

Head of ETF Research & Strategy, VP

Deutsche Bank, Global Markets, UK
  • Led the Bank’s ETF Research & Strategy team tasked with writing research, providing clients with independent investment opinion, product strategy narrative and thought leadership across Europe and the US.
  • Teamed up with Bank’s global sales force, leading client product strategy advice, contributing to the Bank’s ETF assets growing by 35% (2009-13), reaching $51 bil.
  • Re-designed and launched the Bank’s ETF Research & Strategy platform leading to a 1,200% (from 600 to 6,500) increase in registered institutional investors following across Europe, US and Asia.
  • Lead author of the Bank's three major ETF research lines (ETF market & products, portfolio implementation and asset allocation strategy using ETFs) earning multiple investor voted awards including:
    • 2012 - Voted by registered investors as ‘ETF Industry Icon'
    • 2011 & 2012 - Ranked nu. 1 by Institutional Investor Survey, Global ETF Awards and ETF Express Awards
  • Significantly raised the Bank’s profile with the major financial press outlets resulting in lifting the ETF product’s credibility with investors; regularly invited to offer opinion (quoted in over 500 press articles) and press adopted Bank’s  research figures as ETF industry gauge.
  • Recognized as top industry expert, frequent speaker at all major ETF forums and conferences resulting in significantly raising the Bank’s thought leadership capital with investors.
  • Collaborated with global financial regulators (including the Financial Stability Board, European Securities Market Authority, UK’s Bank of England and PRA, Germany’s BaFin, France's AMF) and invited to offer advice on redrafting ETF industry regulation and assess systemic shadow banking risks to the global economy.
9/200410/2009

Credit Ratings Analyst, Managed Funds, AVP

Moody's Investors Service, UK
  • Headed the public rating effort on a diverse credit portfolio across fund strategies (prime money market, ETFs, duration, credit, absolute return, real estate funds), securities (CDs, commercial paper, asset backed, corporate bonds, government, high yield, swaps) and geographies (US, Europe, Middle East and South Africa).
  • Earned robust credit evaluation, analytical and communication skills through assigning and monitoring credit and market risk ratings during the financial crisis.
  • Led analytical, research writing, credit committee presentation and press release rating efforts resulting in high market impact credit rating actions.
  • Pioneered the Moody’s synthetic ETF methodology achieving the largest ratings market-share in European rated ETFs.
20012003

Portfolio Manager, Global Asset Allocation, Associate

Mellon Capital Management, USA
20002001

Technology Mergers & Acquisitions, Associate

S.G. Cowen Securities Corporation, USA
19961998

Asst. Commercial Manager, Marine Facilities, Oman LNG

Archirodon International, Sultanate of Oman
19941996

Senior Accountant, Business Advisory Services

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Greece & UK

Education

19982000

MBA, Haas School of Business

University of California at Berkeley, USA
19911994

B.A (Hons) Industrial Economics & Accounting

University of Nottingham, UK