Kai Dirk Leifert is Managing Director of Northern Trust’s operations in Germany. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of the office and Northern Trust’s presence in the region.
Leifert joined Northern Trust as Senior Vice President in 2008. Initially focusing on the asset management business, he held the roles of Chief Risk Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the EMEA and APAC region.
As Chief Operating Officer for Northern Trust’s Asset Management business in Europe and Asia he oversaw the company’s back- and middle office functions, outsourced services, the project management office, the business unit’s risk management function and other support activities. Previously, he advanced the firm's investment and business risk framework and oversaw the two production centres in London and Tokyo from a compliance and risk management perspective. He also led the development of a global Equity Investment Risk framework for Northern Trust's Asset Management business.
Before joining Northern Trust, Kai was leading several risk functions for Credit Suisse's asset management division both in the UK and Germany.
He holds a degree of the university of Frankfurt in Corporate Finance, Financial Engineering and Software Engineering.
Gerard van Leusden is a Senior Vice President at Northern Trust focusing on Continental European Sales and Client Service. He joined Northern Trust asset management in June 2010.
Gerard brings a wealth of experience from his previous role at Blackrock (previously Barclays Global Investors) where he worked for almost 5 years in the Financial Institutions Group. He focused on both the Institutional products, as well as the development of iShares in the Benelux region, from both a sales and marketing perspective.
Prior to this, Gerard worked at Euronext Amsterdam, responsible for the Institutional Investors team for 5 years. Before that, he worked two years at a local Asset Manager, Delta Holding, based in Amsterdam, as a portfolio manager. and as a trader of International Equities at Rabobank in Utrecht.
Gerard earned his B.A. in Business Management from the Hogeschool van Utrecht in 1998. In his role at Northern Trust, Gerard is primarily focusing on the Benelux market and his mains responsibilities are to raise the profile of Northern Trust’s asset management capabilities amongst institutional investors in the Benelux region and to develop and maintain the asset management relationships in the Benelux.