Principal® Brings in Industry Veteran to Lead Liability-Driven Investing Capability for Pension Plans
DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Main financial group® today announced the addition of Owais Rana to its global asset management business, Principal Global Investors®, as Head of Liability Driven Investing (LDI). In this newly created role, Rana will lead the growth of this grassroots investment opportunity, enhancing the firm’s industry-leading retirement servicing capabilities and bringing deep investment and risk management expertise to her clients. of retirement.
“Owais understands the complexities faced by pension plan clients and has spent more than 20 years designing, building and managing pension solutions,” said Kamal Bhatia, COO, Principal Global Investors. “While our global asset management expertise continues to underpin our industry-leading retirement capabilities, he brings extensive strategic experience and a deep passion for solving the challenges of this unique clientele.”
Liability-based investing is an area of interest and growth for Principal®, and Principal Global Investors currently manages $21.5 billion.  in liability-oriented investment portfolios. This focus on LDI will further strengthen private markets and solutions capabilities, two strategic imperatives for the firm’s asset management business. Investment capability contributes to the comprehensive retirement solutions that Principal offers to its clients, including the Principal® Comprehensive Retirement Solution a technology-driven approach to retirement risk management that can be tailored to the needs of each plan.
“Pension management and risk reduction is a pressing need for employers of all sizes in the United States, and as a national leader in defined benefits, we are focused on improving our offerings to meet to their needs,” said Chris Littlefield, President of Retirement and Income Solutions for Principal, “Owais will bring critical expertise to help deliver the LDI solutions our clients need to meet their retirement-related challenges and opportunities.”
Rana joins Principal Global Investors from Moody’s Analytics, where he was responsible for designing and directing business development and marketing strategies for North American institutional asset owners, investment and actuarial consultants and asset management companies. Prior to Moody’s, Rana held managing director positions at Conning Asset Management and JP Morgan Asset Management, where he was global head of LDI, responsible for designing, building and managing the LDI solutions business to develop assets. under management.
With a focus on higher growth opportunities, the LDI segment provides Principal with an opportunity to scale a key retirement offering through deep investment expertise, providing clients with a solid set of opportunities to all of their retirement service needs. Principal is the market leader in defined benefit pension plans  and a leader in pension risk transfer  through its Principal® total retirement solutions.
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 Based on number of plans, PLANSPONSOR Defined Benefit Administration Survey, May 2021.
 #4 in the industry based on total PRT assets, LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute, December 2021.
About Principal Financial Group®
Main financial group® (Nasdaq: PFG) is a global financial company with 18,500 employees1 passionate about improving the wealth and well-being of people and businesses. In business for over 140 years, we help over 51 million customers1 plan, protect, invest and retire, while working to support the communities where we operate and build a diverse and inclusive workforce. Major® is proud to be recognized as one of America’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies2a member of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, and a top 10 workplace in financial management3.” Learn more about Principal and our commitment to building a better future at principal.com.
1 As of December 31, 2021
2 Barrons, 2022
3 Pensions and investments, 2021
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