Shareholder Activism: A New Paradigm?

In the recent past, the ownership and management of publicly-traded companies were separate entities. Shareholders were often not large enough to make their voices heard through voting. If you were displeased with the running of a company, the only option was to sell your shares. Continue reading

C-Suite Insights: David Hunt

David Hunt
President & CEO
PGIM

David Hunt serves as the president and chief executive officer of PGIM, the trillion-dollar asset manager of Prudential Financial. A global business with about 3,500 employees in 31 offices located in 16 countries, PGIM offers a very wide range of asset classes, from public equities and public fixed income to private fixed income. The business is also the second largest global real estate manager, offering its global client base a broad range of real estate investment strategies that span the risk-return spectrum across debt and equity.

I recently sat down to talk with Hunt about trends in asset management and the role of gender diversity in the business. We were fortunate to have Catherine Verhoff, PGIM’s Chief Diversity Officer, join us for this conversation. Continue reading

Building the Talent Pipeline

A recent article outlines ideas for keeping more women in the talent pipeline in order to have more women in the C-suite. Sally Blount, Dean of the Kellogg School of Management, offers substantive suggestions for women through various stages in their careers: launching, mid-career, and the transition to executive level.

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Can Business Learn from the Military?

“All effective leaders are effective leader developers,” says Bernard Banks, retired Brigadier General of the US Army and now X at Kellogg School of Management. Banks noted that upon leaving military service after a 25-year career, he saw a disconnect between the military and the business world in the way they cultivated leaders. In business, developing leaders internally was a “perk” and not a strategic part of a long-term business plan. Additionally, companies did not invest appropriately in training future executives—or at planning for the future.

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C-Suite Insights: Churchill G. Franklin

Churchill G. Franklin
Chief Executive Officer
Acadian Asset Management

As co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acadian Asset Management, Churchill G. Franklin has oversight for approximately $86 billion in assets and 320 professionals located in offices around the globe including Boston, London, Tokyo, Sidney and Singapore.

Acadian specializes in active global and international equity strategies, employing sophisticated analytical models for active stock selection.  Acadian deals primarily in equities, but is currently in the process of building out a multi-asset capability.

I recently sat down with Franklin in his Boston office to discuss Acadian’s quantitative approach, the importance of diversity, and the value of listening carefully to the marketplace. Continue reading