Mohamed El-Erian’s Work Here Is (Nearly) Done

Following his final pronouncement as the not-outgoing CEO of PIMCO (and the worst of his seven years at the helm), Bill Gross’ soon-to-be-former-co-CIO will probably be spending a little less time at his completely ordinary office. As for B.G., well, he’s energized and ready to keep at it until he is 109.

Mohamed El-Erian stepped down as chief executive of Pacific Investment Management Co., the giant asset-management firm that emerged as one of the winners of the global financial crisis but which has recently been hit by waning investor taste for plain vanilla bonds.

Mr. El-Erian will leave in mid-March after seven years at the helm of Pimco, which manages $2 trillion as a unit of Germany’s Allianz SE. He will remain on the German company’s International Executive Committee and will advise on global economic and policy issues….

Mr. Gross, Pimco’s co-chief investment officer with Mr. El-Erian since 2007, will become chief investment officer, the company said….

With the departure of Mr. El-Erian, Pimco’s management heads in a new direction. By elevating Douglas Hodge to the role of chief executive, the firm is putting an executive with experience in client relations and business in the top management role at the firm. That’s a shift from Mr. El-Erian, whose background is in investment and economics, and who emerged during the financial crisis as one of the most oft-quoted experts on the state of the economy and financial markets.

Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian to Leave Pimco in March [WSJ]
El-Erian’s Departure Caps Tumultuous 12 Months for Pimco [WSJ MoneyBeat blog]
Bill Gross: ‘I’m Ready to Go for Another 40 Years’ [WSJ MoneyBeat blog]

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6 Responses to “Mohamed El-Erian’s Work Here Is (Nearly) Done”

  1. dyingearth says:

    Well, he did a bang up job over at Harvard Endowment too. Let me guess, he's moving onto IMF to destroy that agency?

  2. Guest says:

    I'm sure the end of a 30 year bull run in bonds had little to do with his decision.

  3. Thomas Davitt says:

    good luck to him and his future. it looe.comks like he has a lot of experience in different backgrounds