Author: Maha Khan Phillips
Andreas Utermann, ASIP, is chief executive officer and global chief investment officer at Alliance Global Investors. He is also chair of the Global Executive Committee.
PI: What is the biggest challenge for you, as a chief executive working in the investment business?
Utermann: Communicating a vision and strategy for the firm that a majority of employees find enticing and motivating. This will help drive the future success of the firm.
PI: How different do you think the investment landscape will look in a decade’s time?
Utermann: The basics have and will remain the same: How can we help protect and enhance clients’ savings and at the same time fulfil our societal obligation to assist in allocating capital efficiently.
PI: What are you most proud of?
Utermann: As a CEO: Positioning AllianzGI as an active investment firm with a culture to match. As a private person: My family
PI: What keeps you up at night?
Utermann: The bad shape western democracy appears to find itself in, with large parts of the electorate alienated from the political processes.
PI: Something we didn’t know about you?
Utermann: I blog and post photos (occasionally) on a website for skyscraper aficionados. Under a pseudonym.