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June 14, 2021

Allianz Global Investors names new global CIO of Equity

By Verdict Staff

Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) has appointed Virginie Maisonneuve as its new global CIO of Equity, replacing Steve Berexa who will retire at the end of this year.

Maisonneuve will join AllianzGI this week, relocating to London from Singapore.

In her new role, Maisonneuve will report to AllianzGI global head of Investments Deborah Zurkow.

Commenting on the appointment, Zurkow said: “AllianzGI has a broad and significant Equity platform, with recognised capabilities across investment styles and geographies. When it came to finding a successor to Steve, we sought someone of the highest calibre to ensure that our investment capability and offering develops ahead of the market.

“Virginie fits the bill perfectly: her breadth of experience, record of highly relevant innovation and global, forward looking outlook means she is strongly positioned to help us in the development of our client offering – in Equity but also as part of the leadership team of the firm.”

Maisonneuve has over 30 years of expertise in the field of investments.

She previously held portfolio management and CIO roles for Pimco, Eastspring, Clay Finlay, Schroders, Batterymarch, State Street Research and Martin Currie.

She spearheaded investing in various areas such as China, ‘Quanta-mental’, Thematics, ESG and Climate Change.

AllianzGI manages €160bn in Equity portfolios for retail and institutional clients globally.

Its Equity platform comprises franchises in Global and European Growth, China Equities, Tech, Thematic Investing as well as systematic strategies.

Last July, AllianzGI announced an OEIC version of its China A-shares fund, targeted at the UK retail market.

In November 2019, the firm appointed Tobias Pross as the new CEO, replacing Andreas Utermann who was at the helm since 2016.

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