From CityWire

Eastspring Investments has hired Virginie Maisonneuve, the former head of equities at Pimco and Schroders, to serve as its new chief investment officer.

Maisonneuve will assume the role on January 11 2017 and be responsible for investments across equities, fixed income, asset allocation, private equity, infrastructure and onshore investment offerings.

Eastspring said the addition of Maisonneuve fit with the firm’s ambition to add to its investment capabilities. She will report to Guy Strapp, chief executive officer.

Maisonneuve has been running her own investment consultancy, Maisonneuve Global Advisors, since announcing her departure from Pimco in May 2015. Her move led to the global equity unit being effectively disbanded at the US asset manager.

She was hired by Pimco from Schroders in October 2013 with the remit of building out the firm’s equity investment division. Maisonneuve had served as head of global and international equities at Schroders during her 10 years with the firm.

Commenting on the appointment, Tony Wilkey, chief executive, Prudential Corporation Asia, said: ‘Working with an investment professional of Virginie’s calibre will be an immense opportunity for our business.

‘Virginie brings to Eastspring an outstanding investment expertise and a first-rate reputation in the global asset management industry. Her appointment embodies our commitment to Asia as a key growth driver for the Prudential Group, and our ambition to expand the industry leading franchise we’ve built there.’


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