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PIMCO founder steps down

Investment management firm PIMCO has announced its co-founder and chief investment officer, Bill Gross, has resigned.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014, 10:03AM

Chief executive Douglas Hodge said: “While we are grateful for everything Bill contributed to building our firm and delivering value to PIMCO’s clients, over the course of this year it became increasingly clear that the firm’s leadership and Bill have fundamental differences about how to take PIMCO forward. As part of our responsibilities to our clients, employees and parent, PIMCO has been developing a succession plan for some time to ensure that the firm is well prepared to manage a seamless leadership transition in its Portfolio Management team. Earlier this year, the firm established a new portfolio management leadership structure that reflects our long-held belief that the best approach for PIMCO’s clients and our firm is to evolve our investment leadership structure to a team of seasoned, highly skilled investors overseeing all areas of PIMCO’s investment activities.”

Michael Diekmann, chief executive of Allianz Group, said: “Since becoming part of the Allianz Group in 2000, PIMCO has grown enormously and contributed consistently to Allianz’s success. We join our PIMCO colleagues in recognizing Bill Gross for his work over the 43 years since PIMCO’s founding. The management and investment structure put in place in January as well as the thorough succession planning gives us complete confidence in PIMCO’s investment and executive leadership team.”

It is believed that investors could take US$400 billion of assets from PIMCO as a result of Gross’ departure. He directly managed US$300 billion but it is estimated he had “influence” over another US$200 billion.
Hodge said the differences between  Gross and PIMCO were tied to management and media strategy, not portfolio investment.

Hodge said:  “We have built a deep bench of talent with extensive investment and leadership experience, including more than 240 portfolio managers globally, and our outstanding team around the world gives us the scale, talent, expertise and commitment to manage this transition. We will continue to add and promote talent at all levels to help us drive our firm forward. We are energized and fully focused on serving our clients today and into the future.”

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