QMA, the quantitative equity and global multi-asset specialist of PGIM, has named Linda Gibson to the newly created role of chief business officer.
Gibson will work closely with QMA’s chairman and CEO, Andrew Dyson, to advance QMA’s strategy including the provision of innovative, customised global solutions across the risk-return spectrum to clients, while leveraging the full scale of PGIM, the seventh-largest asset manager in the world. Gibson will be based out of QMA’s headquarters in Newark, NJ, and oversee finance, business planning and management, competitive intelligence, project management, human resources, operational risk and cross-functional initiatives.
“Linda brings a wealth of knowledge to QMA with her nearly 30 years of experience across all aspects of operating a large global company in the asset management industry,” says Dyson. “Her hire is proof that QMA’s innovative, client-focused culture continues to attract top-notch talent to complement our existing management team.”
Gibson’s arrival further bolsters the leadership team and global platform Dyson has built since taking the helm of QMA in April 2017. This has included the hire of Adam Broder as global head of distribution in October 2017 and PGIM’s recent acquisition of London-based QMA Wadhwani LLP (f/k/a Wadhwani Asset Management LLP) in January 2019.
“I’m thrilled to join QMA at such a pivotal time for the firm,” says Gibson. “I’m looking forward to working with the team to drive the strategy to the next level as we solidify QMA as a leading global player across the full range of quantitative strategies.”
Gibson joins QMA with nearly 30 years of investment management and financial services business experience, including 18 years at BrightSphere Investment Group (f/k/a Old Mutual Asset Management), a public multi-boutique asset manager. Her roles there spanned a wide range of front and back office executive functions, including management of legal, compliance, operations, global business development and human resources. As part of Old Mutual’s executive team, Gibson led several high- profile initiatives such as transforming affiliates through product development, product line extension and lift-outs; creating a global, centralis ed distribution team; and developing strategy to take the company public.
Gibson has a variety of board experience, including serving at the chairman and board level for investment firms, trust vehicles and UCITS Funds within Old Mutual. She has also held several officer-level positions on multiple mutual funds. Gibson holds a law degree from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Bates College.
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