Mark J.P. AnsonMark Anson is the Chief Executive Officer of Hermes Pensions Management Ltd in London. Hermes manages over £60 billion for pension funds and other institutional clients across the asset classes of international equity, emerging markets, global bonds, real estate, private equity, commodities and hedge funds. He is responsible for a staff of 300 and a budget of £60 million. Mark was formerly the Chief Investment Officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) where he oversaw the growth in assets from $127 billion to $201 billion. At CalPERS, Mark had full responsibility for the strategic plan for CalPERS’ Investment Office including tactical and strategic asset allocation, risk management, business development, budget authority, new investment programs, trading technology, staffing, and back office operations. His responsibilities included an operating budget of $410 million and the generation of $7 billion in annual benefit payments. Mark received a scholarship to attend the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago where he received his law degree and graduated with honors as the Executive/Production Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. Mark also received a scholarship to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York City where he received both his Ph.D. and Masters in Finance, again with honors, as Beta Gamma Sigma. Mark graduated With Distinction from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a double major in Economics and Chemistry. Mark has also been honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Institute of International Education and Fulbright Foundation as well as the 2004 Best Paper award from the Journal of Portfolio Management. Mark is a licensed attorney and a member of the New York and Illinois State Bar Associations. He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Certified Internal Auditor professional degrees. Last, Mark has received the Series 3, 4, 7, 8, 24, and 63 NASD securities industry licenses.
Chief Executive Officer
Hermes Pensions Management Ltd.
Mark is the author of the Handbook of Alternative Assets as well as three other financial textbooks and has published over 80 research articles on the topics of corporate governance, hedge funds, real estate, currency overlay, credit risk, private equity, risk management, and asset allocation. Mark is CalPERS’ primary speaker at investment conferences around the world on these topics. Further, Mark sits on editorial and advisory boards for The Journal of Portfolio Management, The Journal of Alternative Investments, The Journal of Private Equity, The Journal of Investment Consulting, and The Journal of Derivatives Accounting.