November 08, 2011 12:52 ET

PIMCO Boosts Portfolio Management Analytics Team With Three New Hires

Vasant Naik Appointed as Global Head of Empirical Research; Stefano Risa Appointed as Head of Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Analytics; Riccardo Rebonato to Join the Firm as Head of Rates and FX Analytics

LONDON--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - PIMCO, a leading global investment management firm, has expanded its portfolio management analytics team with the appointment of three new investment professionals in its New York and London offices. The new personnel are: Vasant Naik, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Empirical Research, based in the London office; Stefano Risa, Executive Vice President and Head of Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Analytics, based in the New York office; and Riccardo Rebonato, Executive Vice President and Head of Rates and FX Analytics, based in the London office. They will report to Ravi Mattu, Managing Director and Head of Analytics.

The new hires are part of the firm's ongoing build-out of its portfolio analytics platform, which now comprises 46 professionals located in PIMCO's Newport Beach, London, and New York offices.

"These new senior personnel bring experience and knowledge that will be a great asset in the continued development of PIMCO's sophisticated integrated analytics platform," said Mr. Mattu. "We are committed to building a world class quantitative valuation and risk management framework to complement our outstanding macro driven investment process."

Both Mr. Naik and Mr. Risa joined PIMCO in October while Mr. Rebonato is due to start on 1 December.

Professional biographies:

Vasant Naik
Mr. Naik is an Executive Vice President and Global Head of Empirical Research for the portfolio management analytics group, based in the London office. Prior to joining PIMCO he was Managing Director and Head of Quantitative Strategies Group, Fixed Income Research at Nomura International. Previously he was with Lehman Brothers. Mr. Naik earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of California and his PGDip in Management from the Indian Institute of Management. He has a Bachelor's of Commerce from Gujarat University.

Stefano Risa
Mr. Risa is an executive vice president in the New York office and Head of Mortgage- and Asset-Backed Analytics for the portfolio management analytics group. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, he was with C12 Capital and Andrew Davidson & Company. From 2000 to 2008 Mr. Risa was at Lehman Brothers, where he covered commercial, non-agency and agency mortgage modeling prior to heading the structured product quantitative research group. Previously he was at IMI Bank in Luxembourg. He has 15 years of investment experience and holds a Ph.D. in finance from Columbia University. He received an undergraduate degree from LUISS University in Rome.

Riccardo Rebonato
Mr. Rebonato is an Executive Vice President and Head of Rates & FX Analytics for the portfolio management analytics group, based in the London office. Previously he was Head of Front Office Risk Management and Head of Quantitative Research at RBS Global Banking & Markets. Prior to that, he was Head of Complex Trading and Derivatives Research at Barclays Capital. Mr. Rebonato is also on the Board of Directors of the International Swaps and Derivatives Associations (ISDA) and is a member of the Nominating Committee. He earned his PhD in Science of Materials/Solid State Physics from Stony Brook University and has a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering from Universita 'Leonardo da Vinci'. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Oxford University.


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Founded in 1971, PIMCO manages the retirement and other assets of millions of people around the world. We are advisors and asset managers to institutional investors such as insurance companies, central banks, corporations and charities, and have strong relationships with leading third-party distribution providers across the globe. Once known primarily as a bond manager, PIMCO today provides an array of investment solutions across numerous asset classes. Since its founding, PIMCO's mission has been to preserve and protect the assets of its clients, focusing on managing risk and delivering returns. PIMCO has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is owned by Allianz Global Investors, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Allianz Group, a leading global financial services company.

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