Emmanuel Roman, Chief Executive Officer, PIMCO: I could not be more excited about my new role as CEO of PIMCO, I feel like I won the lottery. I’m joining one of the world’s greatest companies and certainly a leader in asset management. And so, life couldn’t be any better.
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I’ve always been impressed by PIMCO’s culture of excellence. In many ways, it is the embodiment of asset management at its best – combining all the strengths that not only provide investors with consistent returns, but with excellent client service as well.
These strengths are what drew me to PIMCO. Our strong global platform, for both managing portfolios and providing service to clients. And the DNA that binds it all together. PIMCO’s DNA really represents excellent long-term performance and smart, timely market insights,
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which help our clients navigate the ups and downs of global markets that are, let’s face it, increasingly large and complex.
We also have the strong support of our parent Allianz, a world class insurance provider. Our partnership gives me a great sense of optimism
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in our ability to respond to market opportunities across the business cycle.
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I’ve spent 30 years in the investment industry, including a considerable amount of time in fixed income, and also overseeing alternatives businesses. During the course of my career I’ve had many roles. I’ve experienced the large partnership philosophy at U.S. investment firm Goldman Sachs, and the governance structure of Man Group - a British publicly-traded company. Both experiences had their unique benefits and challenges, whether they were in the realm of portfolio management, culture, executive leadership or strategic direction.
These experiences have provided me with a strong understanding – and appreciation - of what investors are looking for from their investment managers. They have also given me a sense of humility and responsibility. Because one thing remains constant in this industry: when clients around the world, large and small, entrust you with their money, it is a humbling experience.
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I think that PIMCO has a unique ability to help clients navigating what is an environment where there is low rates, very new macro economic policy of quantitative easing and have the ability to take a client, help them with analytics, help them with thinking through portfolio problems, whether it is the liability or the asset side, and also assisting them in devising strategies which maximizes the long term risk adjusted returns. That is quite unique. Many people try. Very few have the skill, depth and talent to deliver this.
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There are many things I will need to learn as we chart our course forward, but I can say with complete certainty that I have every intention of continuing PIMCO’s strong legacy and culture.
Our industry is facing unprecedented strategic and regulatory change. I think it is really important for any firm and its employees to come at this issue with the belief that change is good. Change enables us to innovate and create new ideas, even as we maintain established strategies that have worked so well and formed the bedrock of so many client portfolios.
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Our role is to guide clients through today’s complex and volatile markets. To help them find yield in a world of low interest rates. To adapt to regulatory change. To prepare for political and policy changes that will impact their investments. The asset management industry could look quite different in a few years. For some people that may be unnerving, but for PIMCO and our clients that is exciting. Because it means plenty of opportunities that we can capitalize on if we are smart and agile and I believe we are.