Axioma, a leading provider of innovative risk solutions for buy-side institutions, today announced the appointment of William (“Bill”) Morokoff, Ph.D., as Vice President, Head of Research, based in New York.
Morokoff was previously Managing Director, Head of Quantitative Analytics at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (“S&P”) since 2006, where he led the firm’s Global Quantitative Analytics and Research Group. At Axioma he will oversee a global team of experts, and is tasked with continued expansion of the firm’s multi-asset class and equity investment research leadership.
“Superior research helps us create innovative products that give our clients a competitive advantage,” said Sebastian Ceria, Chief Executive Officer of Axioma. “Having worked extensively in credit-risk and market-risk modeling, with a focus on numerical analysis for portfolio risk management issues, Bill will help us continue to deliver on our value proposition to clients. He is an excellent fit with Axioma and a welcome addition to our growing team.”
“Axioma’s focus on research and innovation as core drivers of the business is what resonated and brought me here,” said Morokoff. “I’m delighted to be joining a team of interesting, smart people who are truly passionate about building creative new solutions for clients and growing the business along the way.”
Before S&P, Morokoff was with Moody’s KMV since 2000, most recently serving as Senior Director, Acting Head of Research. Prior to that he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the Firm-Wide Risk Department working on market risk in the Quantitative Modeling Group.
Morokoff holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University, where he specialized in Monte Carlo methods and numerical analysis. As a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, he conducted research at UCLA, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the University of Arizona. He also pursued postdoctoral studies at Siemen’s AG and the University of Minnesota.