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There are so many questions rising star allocators might be hesitant to ask. But we’re going to be asking them, starting with our very first Bridging the Gap interview, which is part of a new Markets Group series.
Oftentimes at Markets Group events, I meet up with A-list allocators who believe they are ready for the Chief Investment Officer seat. Within the post-COVID world, with teams working remotely and the markets roiling, they sometimes feel there is little opportunity for career advancement. “Do you have any advice on the skills some one like me needs to have to be promoted to Chief Investment Officer?” is becoming a common question at conferences.
In this spirit, we thought it would be fun to have a Bridging the Gap series, starting by asking a rising star to interview one of the top CIO recruiters in the United States, Michael Kennedy, partner at Korn Ferry. We asked Ratna Kota, a senior portfolio manager at Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, to come up with a list of questions that most up-in-comers would want answers to. He certainly delivered.
Duringthe interview, at 21:15
23:20”The interview holds many more details on “How Candidates Should Prepare to become Chief Investment Officers” that would be worth a listen to
We’d love to hear from you, as this is a new venture. Let us know if you have questions you’d like to ask a top recruiter or CIO, or if you have any suggestions to help others in the spirit of career advancement. Would also love to know what CIOs you’d like to learn from.
By Christine Giordano