Ms. Dominique Senequier is the CEO, Managing Director and Chairman of AXA Private Equity, which she joined in 1996. Senequier started with a single $140 million fund and built it into a family of 50-plus funds with $28 billion under management and with an international reach across Europe, North America and Asia. Senequier is also the President of Tremplin Entreprises. She also created and developed GAN Participations. Senequier began her career at the French Insurance Commission. She was named FN100 most influential women by Financial News and has been ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes (2011). Ms. Senequier graduated from the École Polytéchnique in 1972 and holds a D.E.A.(post graduate degree) in Banking and Monetary Economics from the Université de la Sorbonne.
Known for her bold moves in the world of buyout funds, Senequier (No. 16 this year, up from No. 25 in 2012) has orchestrated a spinout of the private equity group she founded after joining the French Insurer AXA in 1996. It's a big win: The newly created firm named Ardian—signifying strength and boldness—has $36 billion in assets. The outspoken ex-insurance commissioner has pulled off some of the largest deals on the secondaries market, and she reached a historic fundraising milestone last year, raising $8 billion in fund of funds.
Dominique Senequier was always destined to be her own boss. The founder and chief executive of Axa’s private equity unit, which will be spun off as a separate entity this week, simply had to be patient.
One of the first women to graduate from the Ecole Polytechnique, Dominique Senequier, is also one of the few women to have made it in private equity. The passionate pianist, 56, got her break after buying two Bordeaux vineyards while at an insurance company. That brought her to the attention of Claude Bébéar, the “godfather of French capitalism” who was running Axa, the insurer. In 1996, he hired Ms Senequier to start a private equity business for the company. Axa Private Equity now manages $25bn (€19bn, £16bn) of assets globally....