The 58-year-old chief of a publicly traded insurer's multinational, multi-boutique, $1.2-trillion-AUM asset management arm is on the hunt.
| David A. Hunt
"There are plenty of capabilities we don't have right now," David Hunt
, CEO of Prudential's PGIM
], tells Financial News
. Yet Hunt cautions that "there is always a lot of talk but less deals than people expect, largely because it is a people business and you have to make sure the cultural fit is right."
The interview with Hunt covers a host of topics, including:
- asset class balance: "What you are seeing is the historic alternatives players getting into the long-only space and the long-only guys trying to build as fast as they can in alternatives. We are already there with that balance";
- PGIM's multi-boutique model (eight boutiques and counting), which he likens to an orchestra with him as conductor: "We think the people and culture you need to run a real estate business, a quant business and a fundamental equities business are pretty different. Not surprisingly, we have different organisation structures and compensation structures to support those";
- the firm's growth in Europe: for example, to 264 in London now, up from 160 in 2016; and
- the rise of passive investing: "This whole debate has been mischaracterised."
Neil Anderson, Managing Editor
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