Bond behemoth PIMCO is making a push into the equities space with the hire of Geoffrey Johnson as an executive vice president and global equity portfolio manager. He will begin with the firm in April and will be based in the Newport Beach, Calif. office.

At PIMCO, Johnson will establish and lead a global long/short active equity strategy. This will be PIMCO's fourth active equity product since it established its equity investment platform in April 2010 following the launch of its global deep value strategy, Pathfinder, in April 2010, global emerging markets strategy in April 2011, and global dividend strategy in January 2012.

"Geoffrey is an extremely talented equity investor with an established track record of success in the global long/short equity space," said Neel Kashkari, managing director and head of global equities for PIMCO. "His addition to our team is another important step in PIMCO's build-out of our global active equity investing platform."

Prior to joining PIMCO, Johnson served as managing partner of Catamount Capital Management, a boutique investment management firm where he also served as portfolio manager. Catamount manages several investment strategies, including a long/short equity hedge fund which was established in 2003.

Hung Tran writes for Money Management Executive.