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PIMCO adds two to emerging markets team

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PIMCO has hired Gene Frieda as executive vice president and global strategist for the firm’s emerging markets and global strategies and Yacov Arnopolin as executive vice president and emerging markets portfolio manager.

They will both be based in PIMCO’s London office.
 
Frieda, who will work primarily with the emerging markets team but will also contribute to other global, country and sector strategies, will report to Andrew Balls, managing director and chief investment officer – global fixed income.
 
Arnopolin, who will focus primarily on emerging markets external debt strategies, will report to Michael Gomez, managing director and head of the emerging markets portfolio management team.
 
“Gene and Yacov are two tremendous additions to our global macroeconomic and emerging markets portfolio management expertise, as their deep experience will bolster PIMCO’s investment process and tap the investment opportunities we see for clients in emerging markets,” says Dan Ivascyn, managing director and PIMCO’s group chief investment officer. “PIMCO will continue to use its considerable resources to hire the best industry talent globally. Already this year, we have hired more than 130 new employees, including 14 portfolio managers and 20 more investment professionals across many areas including alternatives, client analytics, mortgages, real estate and macroeconomics.”
 
Frieda joins PIMCO from Moore Capital Management where he was a partner and senior global strategist. Prior to that, he was the global head of emerging markets research and strategy at the Royal Bank of Scotland.
 
Prior to joining PIMCO, Arnopolin was a managing director and portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York where he helped oversee emerging market portfolios for institutional clients such as pension funds, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds.
 
“Gene and Yacov bring nearly 40 years of combined investment experience and complement other specialized resources we have added in recent years, including in emerging markets corporates and local markets,” says Gomez.
 
“As the adverse global backdrop of lower commodity prices and a stronger dollar give way to a more constructive picture for emerging markets, now is an exciting time to be adding two such talented investment professionals as Gene and Yacov to the PIMCO team,” says Balls.

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