HONG KONG [May 22, 2019] 100 Women in Finance (‘100WF’) today announced that Ms. Kimberley Stafford, Head of PIMCO Asia-Pacific, will receive its 2019 APAC Industry Leadership Award at the 7th Annual 100WF Hong Kong Gala on October 17, 2019.
Ms. Kimberley Stafford, Head of PIMCO Asia-Pacific,
100WF’s 2019 APAC Industry Leadership Award Honouree
Based in Hong Kong, Ms. Stafford is responsible for setting strategic direction for the region and leading a team of PIMCO professionals to deliver investment solutions and service to Asia-Pacific clients. Ms. Stafford is also a member of PIMCO’s Executive Committee.
Her career at PIMCO began in 2000 and she has held several positions, including global head of consultant relations, head of U.S. institutional sales and alternatives marketing teams and global head of human resources and talent management. Prior to these roles, Ms. Stafford was a member of PIMCO’s executive office, contributing to firm-wide strategic, financial and operational initiatives; head of global sustainability initiatives, overseeing the firm’s environmental, social and governance efforts; an account manager in the consultant relations group; and an analyst in PIMCO’s trade compliance group. She has 19 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Redlands (USA).
Emmanuel Roman, CEO of PIMCO said, “We are thrilled that Kim is the recipient of the 100 Women in Finance 2019 APAC Industry Leadership Award. This award is testament to Kim’s inspirational leadership, relentless pursuit of excellence and immense passion in advocating gender equality within the firm and for the investment management industry. Kim is an exemplary role model inspiring many women at PIMCO and beyond. We congratulate Kim for this outstanding achievement and look forward to her continued contribution in promoting a more diverse industry.”
Mr. Roman further said, “PIMCO believes gender diversity generates deeper insights, drives greater innovation and yields better outcomes for the firm and investors. We are excited that we share with 100WF the same vision of empowering as many women as possible. Together we would partner and bring meaningful impact to these women, the investment management industry and investors we serve.”
100WF’s CEO Amanda Pullinger noted, “100WF has celebrated exemplary female industry leaders since 2003. Kim Stafford has earned her place among a venerated group of executives from around the world, whom we are honoured to recognize with this award.” A global list of 100WF’s past honourees can be found here.
Members of 100WF’s membership community are similarly pleased with Ms. Stafford’s selection as the 2019 honoree. “100WF’s annual award is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on a senior woman in finance, in recognition of her professional excellence and commitment to shared values. Kim Stafford’s professional achievements and illustrious career at PIMCO are an inspiration to the next generation of women in our industry.” commented Natalya Oram, director Asian Equity Sales at HSBC and co-chair of the 100WF Hong Kong Gala Committee.
Ms. Oram’s co-chair, Ms. Sonia Ponnusamy, head of business development at Senrigan Capital Group, stated, “We are delighted to honor Kim Stafford and her distinguished track record of leadership and excellence in the investment management industry. Kim has had an important impact as a mentor, role model and advocate for women in financial services.”
The theme of the 100WF Hong Kong Gala, and all 100WF’s global fundraisers in 2019, is “Investing in the Next Generation.” With this focus, the Gala’s proceeds will fund 100WF’s work in Hong Kong to establish purposeful pathways and inspiration for pre-career young women to enter the finance industry, and to support them in early stage careers with relevant programming and a peer network.
As in 2018, the Gala will be held at the iconic Maxim’s Palace City Hall, which accommodates a large gathering of finance industry executives. Gala tables for this event are available for purchase, as are individual Gala seats and sponsorship opportunities. Enquiries should be directed to the Gala Committee.
100 Women in Finance is a global network of professional women and men in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, its more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen their field. Formed in 2001, 100WF has hosted more than 1,000 industry education events globally, connected more than 400 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised more than US $50 million gross for philanthropic causes in the areas of women’s and family health, education and mentoring, and next generation initiatives for women entering the finance industry.
Donations to 100WF’s Investing in the Next Generation Initiative in Hong Kong are very welcome.