Global Executive Committee

The Global Executive Committee is responsible for the management of Allianz Global Investors.
 Deborah Zurkow

Deborah Zurkow

Global Head of Investments

Deborah Zurkow is Global Head of Investments at Allianz Global Investors, and a member of the Executive Committee.

In January 2020, Deborah took on responsibility for leading AllianzGI’s investment platform, which comprises Alternatives, Equities, Fixed Income and Multi-Asset strategies. As Global Head of Alternatives since 2016, she has developed AllianzGI’s offering in the asset class, which includes a diverse mix of both liquid and illiquid alternative investment solutions for clients, into a market leader in a number of categories.

Deborah joined AllianzGI in 2012 as CIO and Head of Infrastructure Debt, leading a team that pioneered infrastructure debt as an asset class for institutional investors. Since its inception, the team has made over EUR 10bn of debt investments in a variety of infrastructure sectors across the globe.

Before joining AllianzGI, Deborah was CEO of Trifinium Advisors Limited and head of Public Finance EMEA for MBIA UK Insurance Limited.

Deborah holds an MBA from Yale School of Management and a BA from Wellesley College. She is on the board of the ACC (Alternatives Credit Council) and the LTIIA (Long-term Infrastructure Investors Association). She has been included in Financial News’ list of ‘100 Most Influential Women in European Finance’ on multiple occasions.

Being part of Allianz Group, we can offer clients the confidence that comes with a significant anchor investor in long-term infrastructure investments.

 Steven J. Berexa

Steven J. Berexa

Global CIO Equity

Steven J. Berexa is Global CIO Equity with Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Investment Executive Committee.

In addition to his responsibilities as Global CIO Equity, Steve continues to manage money as a portfolio manager of the Disciplined Equity and Global Fundamental strategies and lead manager of the Global Insights/Intellectual Capital strategy.

Since joining the firm in 1997, Steve’s roles have included Global Head of Research and head of the US Technology team. He has managed several Lipper Award-winning European- domiciled funds and has 28 years of investment-industry experience.

Before joining the firm, Steve worked at Prudential in a private placement unit, with responsibilities for the subordinated debt of renewable energy projects, as well as credit and LBOs. He was also a technology analyst at Chancellor/ LGT Asset Management..

Steve has a B.S.E.E. in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University, where he was awarded the Angier B. Duke scholarship, and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He is a CFA charterholder.

As our business has grown more complex and global we have come to expect more from our research teams. We require our analysts to work closely with portfolio managers to understand better how research can contribute to each strategy.

 Franck Dixmier

Franck Dixmier

Global Head of Fixed Income

Franck Dixmier is Global Head of Fixed Income and a member of the Investment Executive Committee at Allianz Global Investors.

Since 2012, Franck has been CIO Fixed Income Europe, and in 2015 also became Global Head of Fixed Income, overseeing all fixed income investments across the firm.

From 2012, up to the merger of the French subsidiary into Allianz Global Investors Europe GmbH in 2014, Franck was also Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Investors France.

Prior to this, between 2008 and 2012 Franck was CIO of Allianz Global Investors in France.

Franck joined Allianz Group in 1995 as Fixed Income Portfolio Manager. In 1998, he became Head of Fixed Income for AGF Asset Management (now Allianz Global Investors’ Paris Branch). His role included responsibility for the AGF insurance portfolios.

Franck graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the Paris Dauphine University (Master’s degree - DEA conjoncture économique et prospective).

A deep understanding of local markets and global trends, combined with confident execution, drives our pursuit of consistent and superior investment returns.

 Markus Kobler

Markus Kobler

Chief Financial Officer

Markus Kobler is Chief Financial Officer for Allianz Global Investors and a member of its Executive Committee.

Markus joined Allianz Global Investors in 2013 from Bank Julius Baer & Co where he was Global Head of Onboarding and responsible for the transfer of clients and staff in the integration of Merrill Lynch International Wealth Management into Julius Baer.

Prior to this, Markus was COO Asia and Deputy CEO Bank Julius Baer, Singapore. Based in Singapore for more than six years, he was part of a team that set up Julius Baer’s operations in Asia, namely Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Jakarta. He was responsible for building the bank’s platform with two booking centres and oversaw the support functions including IT, Operations, Finance, Legal & Risk and HR.

Before moving to Asia, Markus helped to coordinate the integration of SBC Wealth Management into the Julius Baer Group in 2005 and was in charge of the Business Line Management function of Julius Baer’s Asset Management division.

Before joining Julius Baer in 2003, Markus was a senior consultant at McKinsey in Zurich where he managed client merger initiatives and strategic redesign projects in the areas of performance and product management for a number of asset managers and private banks.

Markus holds a PHD in Economics from the University of Basel in Switzerland.
 Desmond Ng

Desmond Ng

Head of Asia Pacific

Desmond Ng is Head of Asia Pacific with Allianz Global Investors, based in Hong Kong. He joined the firm in 2014 and is responsible for the overall leadership of AllianzGI’s retail and institutional businesses in the region. Previously, he was the CEO, Greater China and South East Asia and Head of Institutional Business, Asia Pacific.

Desmond has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining AllianzGI, he was the CEO, Greater China at Invesco, overseeing its retail, institutional and exchange-traded fund businesses. Desmond has previously held a number of senior positions in institutional marketing, business development and product management at JP Morgan Asset Management.

He was appointed Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association from 2009 to 2011 and was Vice Chairman of the Association from 2008 to 2009.

Desmond holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and a Master of Business Administration degree from Clark University, USA.

If you want to understand better and faster, you need diverse minds – curious minds all over the world – with different perspectives. And an appetite for success.

 Tobias C. Pross

Tobias C. Pross

CEO

Tobias C. Pross is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz Global Investors, a position he has held since the start of 2020. As well as chairing the firm’s Executive Committee, through which he leads the firm’s strategic development, Tobias continues to play an active role in developing client relations and partnerships.

Prior to taking up his role as CEO, Tobias was Global Head of Distribution (from 2018), before which he was Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Between 2015 and 2019, he was a member of AllianzGI’s Global Executive Committee and chaired its European Executive Committee

In 2016, Tobias was elected President of the German fund association, BVI.

From 2010, Tobias held several senior positions in German and European business development at AllianzGI.

Prior to this, Tobias worked for Allianz Pension Partners GmbH (APP); a former subsidiary of Allianz Global Investors. He chaired the APP board of managers from its inception in 2005 and was appointed CEO in February 2006. To this day, Tobias is a member of the Supervisory Board of APP and is a member of several other advisory boards.

Tobias has been with Allianz Group since 1999.

Tobias holds a diploma in business management from the University of Loerrach. He also studied at the University of Freiburg, as well as the University of California in Berkeley.

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