Matthieu Duncan has been named chief executive of Natixis Asset Management, following the resignation of Pascal Voisin.

Duncan will join the French manager at the beginning of April, after Voisin stepped down from the position he had held since 2007.

Voisin’s sudden departure, confirmed late last week by the French press, will result in current deputy chief executive François Baralon stepping into the role on an interim basis, until Duncan joins on 4 April.

In a statement, Natixis’s board thanked Voisin for his work over the last 11 years at the company.

“He brought new life to the company internationally, and successfully contributed to the development of Natixis Global Asset Management’s multi-affiliate model by taking majority equity interests in H2O Asset Management and Dorval Asset Management, and by using Natixis Asset Management’s expertise to create Seeyond and Mirova,” the board added.

Voisin has previously worked at Crédit Agricole Asset Management as deputy chief executive and head of asset management, and was Groupe Crédit Agricole’s CIO.

The statement did not shed any light on the reasons behind his departure.

Duncan has held a number of senior positions in asset management, working as CIO for equities at Cambridge Place Investment Management, head of business strategy at Newton Investment Management and COO at Quilter Chevriot Investment Management.