- Saroliya was most recently Head of Macro Strategy at Oxford Economics and Strategist at Lombard Street Research
- Pak will be named co-lead Portfolio Manager of the Allianz Fixed Income Macro Fund, co-deputy manager on Allianz Strategic Bond Fund, and deputy manager on Allianz Gilt Yield
- The Macro Unconstrained team is set to announce the hire of one additional experienced macro portfolio manager in the coming weeks
Allianz Global Investors has expanded its Macro Unconstrained Fixed Income team, which manages assets of 8.7 billion dollars across four strategies, with two new Portfolio Managers: Gaurav Saroliya and Joe Pak.
In a press release, the asset manager explained that their appointments will be effective in July and August, respectively. Both new joiners will be based in London, alongside team head Mike Riddell and Associate Portfolio Managers Jack Norris and Daniel Schmidt. Besides, Allianz GI has anticipated that the Macro Unconstrained team is set to announce the hire of one additional experienced macro portfolio manager in the coming weeks.
“With Gaurav and Joe joining the team, we can set the direction for further growth. Both bring in a rich experience in macro-driven investing and add to the broad and very diverse skill set in our team", said Mike Riddell, Head of Macro Unconstrained.
Both managers have extensive experience in the asset management industry. Saroliya was most recently Head of Macro Strategy at Oxford Economics and Strategist at Lombard Street Research. He was previously a sell side Macro Strategist and, at the beginning of his career, spent five years helping to manage an absolute return Fixed Income fund at UBP. He has a PhD in Economics from York University.
Meanwhile, Pak joins from Rothesay Life, the UK’s largest pensions insurance specialist, where he was lead portfolio manager on a 2 billion euros European periphery bond portfolio and on the firm's macro absolute return portfolio which he launched in 2019. He has extensive experience in trading a broad range of derivatives, both at Rothesay and also in his previous position as a trader on RBS’ US rates options desk.
The asset manager believes that Pak's experience "lends itself particularly well to Allianz Fixed Income Macro Fund, where he will be named co-lead Portfolio Manager". He will also be named co-deputy manager on Allianz Strategic Bond Fund, and given his rates background, deputy manager on Allianz Gilt Yield. Pak graduated with degrees in Economics and Sociology from Duke University.