“Joe brings exceptional capabilities and a distinctive perspective to our client advisory efforts, including almost 15 years of experience in quantitative research, portfolio management, and solutions development,” said Seth Weingram, Senior Vice President and Director of Client Advisory at Acadian. “We’re excited to have him engage with our clients, providing evidence-based insights and bespoke analysis to help them achieve their investment objectives.”
Dr. Simonian joins Acadian from Natixis Investment Managers, where he was Director of Quantitative Research and led thought leadership initiatives for the Portfolio Research and Consulting Group.
“I am thrilled to join Acadian to help build upon the firm’s dedicated thematic research and client advisory capabilities,” said Dr. Simonian. “To provide new insights into the complex challenges facing investors requires both creativity and rigor. Acadian’s culture, which combines a willingness to challenge the status quo with academic discipline, serves its clients well over the long term. I look forward to further deepening Acadian’s world-class team and to working in close partnership with its clients.”
With a Ph.D. in mathematical logic from UC Santa Barbara, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from UCLA, Dr. Simonian is also a regular contributor to the quantitative finance literature. He has been published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, Quantitative Finance and the Journal of Risk on topics including factor investing, asset allocation, and risk management. Dr. Simonian currently serves as the co-editor of the Journal of Financial Data Science.
About Acadian Asset Management LLC
Acadian Asset Management LLC invests on behalf of institutional investors such as pension funds, endowments, governments and foundations, as well as individual investors. As of March 31, 2019 the firm managed approximately US$95 billion on behalf of major pension funds, endowments, foundations, governments and other investors based in the U.S. and abroad. The firm uses an innovative array of disciplined, quantitative investment techniques and analytical models for active stock selection as well as country, sector and currency valuation. Acadian’s strategies include managed volatility, emerging markets, global equity, small-cap, long/short, market neutral, and non-US equity strategies. For more information on Acadian, please visit www.acadian-asset.com