CalPERS Appoints New Investment Officer

June 21, 2002 ( - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has named Christianna Wood Senior Investment Officer for its $86 billion global equity unit.

Wood will be responsible for implementing and managing investment strategy and policy for the System’s global equity investments, according to a news release from CalPERS.

Wood will also oversee CalPERS hedge fund program, domestic long/short program, corporate governance, cash management, and manager development program. She reports to Mark Anson, CalPERS Chief Investment Officer.

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CalPERS total investments in domestic and international equity represent more than half of the System’s $149 billion investment portfolio.

Wood joined CalPERS from Denver Investment Advisors where she served as a Principal of the firm, Portfolio Manager and Director of Value Strategies.

Prior to her position with Denver Investment Advisors, Wood was a Principal and Portfolio Manager at The Burridge Group where she managed $510 million in assets and was a Director at Prudential Equity Management for five years, managing $150 million in small and medium company growth mutual funds.

She earned an MBA in Finance from New York University’s Graduate Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Vassar College. She also attended the London School of Economics. Wood is a Chartered Financial Analyst.