Allianz Life Insurance Company Focused On 'Expansion Of Alternative Asset Classes' | Todd Hedtke, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Todd Hedtke is the chief investment officer at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, where he leads the investment management of more than $160 billion of insurance assets. In this interview, Todd discussed how Allianz Life has grown their private book in the last decade; the benefits of having a strategic venture and innovation team; and why he believes that complexity is the most rewarding thing about insurance investing.
Why The Rockefeller University Favors Active Management, Diversification | Thomas Lenehan, Deputy Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Thomas Lenehan is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer of The Rockefeller University, where he helps manage the University's $2.3 billion endowment. In this interview, he discussed how he and CIO Amy Falls built the investment office from scratch; how they are steadily increasing allocation to venture; and his perspective on transitioning from a general partner role to the limited partner side.
New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Focusing On Diversifying Assets | Bob Jacksha, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Bob Jacksha has been chief investment officer for the New Mexico Educational Retirement Board since 2007. In this interview, he tells us about New Mexico ERB's investment division and strategic asset allocation strategy; how they are building a more diversified portfolio that could compound well; and how they intend to play the upside during a market downturn.
State Of Wisconsin Investment Board Looking To Implement 'Robotic Process Automation' | David Villa, Executive Director & CIO | Q&A
David Villa is the executive director and chief investment officer at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. In this interview, he discusses SWIB's strong governance structure and why it's run like an institutional asset management firm; why he is very cautious about investing in China and India; and how SWIB plans on reinvigorating the investment office through the use of technology.
Indiana University Health (& Peers) Looking At How To Monetize 'Unique IP' | Josh Rabuck, Executive Director & CIO | Q&A
Josh Rabuck is the executive director and chief investment officer at Indiana University Health. In this interview, he discusses how his background in pension management influences his role in leading a health care investment office, why industry peers are setting up in-house VC programs to fund the latest research and development, and why their risk capacity has gone up as the market cycle has prolonged.
Ascension Investment Management Looking To Increase Venture Exposure, Focus On Disruption | David Erickson, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
David Erickson is the chief investment officer at Ascension Investment Management, where he is responsible for the administration, management, and coordination of investments and operations. In this interview, he discusses why the organization is leaning more towards a generalist structure; why they want to increase venture exposure and focus on disruption; and encouraging diversity by onboarding international students and women as leadership staff.
Scott Wilson Discusses Washington University's Long-Term Performance Challenges (& Opportunities) | Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Scott Wilson is the chief investment officer at Washington University Investment Management Company. Previously, he served as CIO at Grinnell College where he managed the investment strategy for the $2 billion endowment. In this interview, he discusses the significant changes in WashU's investment team and strategy; their decade long approach in getting more exposure to private equity and venture capital; and why they're investing in places where capital is scarce.
Oklahoma State University Foundation's Evolution To An In-House Investment Office | Ryan Tidwell, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Ryan Tidwell is the chief investment officer at the Oklahoma State University Foundation (OSUF), where he leads and empowers a team of eight. In this interview, he discusses the transition from a consultant-driven process to a fully resourced in-house investment office, how they achieved a top quartile track record over the last 3-5 years, and why other small institutions should focus on building out their investment office.
Jose Guzman is a private equity investment officer at the New York City Retirement System, which has $190 billion of assets under management. In this interview, he discusses the top investing trends happening in private equity, his career transition from a PE firm to a large public pension, and his involvement with organizations like SEO, which helps minorities pursue careers within alternative investments.
KSU Foundation Focused On Improving The Economic Prosperity Of Their City Of Manhattan | Paul Chai, Director Of Investments | Q&A, Part 2
Paul Chai is the director of investments at Kansas State University Foundation. In part two of his interview, he discusses why being a small/medium-sized institution can lead to idiosyncratic returns, the common challenges that endowment peers are facing, and KSU's 10-year plan to improve the economic prosperity of their city of Manhattan, Kansas.