January 26, 2016 – New York-based executive search firm The Prince Houston Group has placed Mark Anson as chief investment officer of Commonfund, a leading manager for endowments and foundations. In his new role, Mr. Anson will serve on Commonfund’s operating committee and will chair the investment policy and asset allocation committees. He will report to Catherine M. Keating, Commonfund president and chief executive officer.
Previously, Mr. Anson served as chief investment officer of the Robert Bass Family Office. Before that, he served as CIO of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the British Telecom Pension Scheme and as president of Nuveen Investments.
“Mark is known to many as an outstanding institutional investor and as a leader and innovator across asset classes, particularly in alternative investing,” said Ms. Keating in a statement. “Our search for a CIO was broad and we are honored by the remarkable investment talent that was interested in serving our Commonfund clients and mission. In addition to his investment acumen, Mark will bring tremendous thought leadership to our clients and the investment community we serve.”
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Commonfund was founded in 1971 as an independent non-profit asset management firm with a grant from the Ford Foundation. Today, the company manages customized investment programs for endowments, foundations and public pension funds.
Prince Houston Group is an executive search firm specializing in investment management and alternatives recruiting. The firm serves a range of companies across financial services – asset managers, wealth management firms, hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, private equity firms, as well as endowments, foundations, family offices and corporate and public pension funds. Partners Marylin Prince and Jim Houston lead the firm.
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