AllianzGI hires DWS expert to launch sustainability unit


New recruit will sit within German-headquartered group's advisory services and solutions unit for institutional investors.

NEW YORK, Sept 1 2021, (PRESS RELEASE) -- Allianz Global Investors, one of the world's leading active asset managers, announced today that Gerold Koch has joined AllianzGI's risklab unit to lead a new team that will advise clients on all aspects of ESG and sustainable investing. Within AllianzGI, risklab specialises on sophisticated advisory capabilities and solutions for institutional investors.

Tim Friederich, Head of risklab, comments: 

"With sustainability continuing to grow in importance for investors and a cornerstone of AllianzGI's strategy to unlock further business growth, we are pleased to announce the creation of a new, dedicated team within risklab that will provide holistic portfolio advice to clients around all aspects of ESG and sustainable investing."

The new team will help clients to design investment strategies for their portfolios that fulfil both their aspirations for sustainability as well as helping them meet their investment goals. It will apply and further develop risklab's quantitative distinctive analytics framework to incorporate sustainability in the portfolio optimisation and construction processes. In that sense, Koch's team will work closely with and complement Matt Christensen's Sustainable & Impact Investing team.

Gerold Koch joins AllianzGI from DWS, where he was most recently Head of ESG Investment Specialists, Americas. The experience Gerold brings from his 15 years with DWS in Germany and the US, advising clients on ESG/sustainability topics and customizing ESG products for clients, make him a natural fit for this strategically important new role within our function.

Gerold will move office from New York to Munich, where his team will be based.

About Allianz Global Investors

Allianz Global Investors is a leading active asset manager with over 690 investment professionals in 24 offices worldwide and managing EUR 633 billion in assets for individuals, families and institutions.