Short termism has had an increasing influence over investment decisions. Here, CEO Andreas Utermann argues that ESG gives managers an opportunity to refocus on the longer term – which can also increase the chance of outperformance.
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Andreas Utermann is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Allianz Global Investors. He is Chair of the firm’s Global Executive Committee.
Andreas has been with the firm and a member of its Global Executive Committee since 2002, initially serving as Global CIO Equities and becoming Global CIO and co-Head in 2012. In March 2016 Andreas became CEO of Allianz Global Investors. In 2016, he was appointed non-Executive Director of Tokio Marine Rogge Asset Management Limited.
Prior to joining AllianzGI, Andreas spent twelve years working at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (formerly Mercury Asset Management), where he became Global Head and CIO Equities as well as Member of various Boards. Before this, he worked for several years at Deutsche Bank AG.
Andreas is Chairman of the Forum of European Asset Managers (FEAM) and a member of the Board of ICMA. He sits on the European Institute’s Advisory Board and the Advisory Council of the UK’s Investment Association. Previously, Andreas was a board member of the CFA Society of the UK from 2011 to 2017.
Andreas supports a number of charitable causes and is a Trustee of the Utermann Charitable Trust, which has a focus on addressing environmental concerns as well as furthering education.
Andreas holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA in Economics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Investors have benefited from an extended bull market in equities and bonds, but lower real returns are expected in coming years. CEO Andreas Utermann says the alpha that active managers could generate will be vital in protecting against inflation and delivering returns.