Mohamed El-Erian resigns from Pimco, to stay on at Allianz

Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:00pm EST
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By Svea Herbst-Bayliss

BOSTON (Reuters) - Mohamed El-Erian, long seen as the heir apparent at the world's biggest bond fund manager, is stepping down from his roles at Pacific Investment Management Company.

Pimco's parent, German insurer Allianz, (ALVG.DE: Quote) said on Tuesday that El-Erian would resign as the asset manager's chief executive officer and co-chief investment officer.

The company did not give a reason for El-Erian's departure, but the bond market was hit hard last year as investors moved money to stocks from bonds.

El-Erian will stay on to consult at the German insurer, but the news that he would leave Pimco took the investment community by surprise.

El-Erian, 55, is well known due to his frequent appearances on cable television and at investment conferences.

He sent out an email announcing his departure that failed to shed more light on the decision.

Bill Gross - the co-chief investment officer and co-founder of Pimco and manager for the $237 billion PIMCO Total Return Fund - tweeted "PIMCO's fully engaged. Batteries 110 percent charged. I'm ready to go for another 40 years!"

Two years ago, Gross, now 69, told the New York Times, "Mohamed is my heir apparent."   Continued...

Mohamed A. El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO, takes part in a panel discussion titled "Global Markets in Uncertain Times" at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California April 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser