QMA appoints head of UK consultant relationships
QMA continues to expand its outreach to clients around the world, naming Liisa Juntunen as head of UK consultant relations. QMA is the quantitative equity and global multi-asset solutions manager of PGIM, the USD1 trillion global investment management business of Prudential Financial. QMA manages USD127.6 billion as of June 30 2018.
Based in London, Juntunen will spearhead efforts to expand QMA’s relationships with consultants throughout the UK. She joins the firm as an employee of PGIM Limited who is wholly dedicated to QMA, reporting to John Gee-Grant, head of international distribution and global consultant relations. Her appointment is effective October 1.
Juntunen is the newest member of a team being built by Adam Broder, head of global distribution for the company, and who hired Gee-Grant in January. Broder and Gee-Grant are designing the team to draw upon the depth of QMA’s 40-plus years of quantitative equity and multi-asset expertise, while leveraging the full scale of PGIM, which is among the world’s largest asset managers. Broder was brought onboard in October 2017 by chairman and CEO Andrew Dyson who joined QMA in April 2016 with a mandate for global expansion of the business.
“As we continue to expand globally, QMA’s relationships and partnerships with investment consultants become ever more important,” says John Gee-Grant. “Liisa brings broad market and investment knowledge, along with deep experience in understanding consultant and institutional client needs, particularly in the UK I’m confident her leadership will help us strengthen relationships and reinforce our commitment to delivering appropriate equity and multi-asset solutions to our clients.”
Juntunen brings nearly 20 years of global client relationship management and sales expertise to QMA. She was previously head of the strategic client team at Legal & General Investment Management, overseeing a team of 11 client relationship managers. Earlier, she led teams focused on client and consultant relationship management at companies including Rogge Global Partners and Ignis Asset Management in the UK. She also spent 11 years in the London and New York offices of AllianceBernstein, ultimately responsible for building the global product management platform for both growth and value equities. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Durham.