Maisonneuve has been appointed as chief investment officer at Eastspring Investments, owned by Prudential, according to a November 14 statement.
The role will give Maisonneuve oversight of all Eastsping’s investments across equities, fixed income and alternatives.
Maisonneuve is a well-known name in City fund management who has featured on multiple FN lists of the most influential people in European finance. Her career, which began as an equity manager at Edinburgh-based Martin Currie, has seen her work at some of the biggest names in fund management.
In January 2014 she joined Pimco – then still under the leadership of its founder Bill Gross – with a brief to lead the giant bond manager’s push into active equities investing. But she left around 18 months later after the group decided to rein back this strategy following Gross’s shock exit.
Prior to Pimco, Maisonneuve had spent the best part of a decade at the UK-listed fund manager Schroders, where she ran its global equity strategies. She has also held roles at the US equity managers Batterymarch Financial Management and Clay Finlay.
At Eastspring, Maisonneuve will report to chief executive Guy Strapp, who said in the statement: “Virginie’s appointment fits within our ongoing commitment to strengthening our investment offerings, and to deliver the best possible investment outcomes for our clients.”