As the chief executive of an asset management firm that houses the nation’s third oldest mutual fund, Lisa Jones owns several responsibilities, stretching from operations to business growth. Besides her main job description, she has one other priority: supporting active management for investors, despite a trend toward passive.
“It is important to not lose sight of the value of active management, especially during periods of market volatility,” says Jones, Pioneer Asset Management’s CEO and president.
Jones believes that active management still can be part of a solution in achieving income and managing downside risk.
“We have been very successful in telling this story particularly around large-cap growth stock investing and multi-sector fixed income,” Jones says.
Since taking the helm at Pioneer in 2014, Jones has focused on streamlining and institutionalizing the firm’s distribution and marketing departments. Her efforts have definitely been noticed. Within a year at Pioneer’s top position, Jones was made a member of the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute.
Charitable giving programs are at the top of Jones’ priorities. Alongside Pioneer’s charitable efforts, Jones focuses on two major initiatives: helping at-risk families and their children’s education and supporting the charitable interests of Pioneer’s employees. “I believe in the importance of education in molding and developing well-rounded students who then go on to be important contributors to society,” Jones explains.
A strong advocate for women in asset management, Jones also sits on the firm’s global gender diversity committee.