Contributor Profiles

With 85 years of experience in navigating global market environments, Pioneer understands the challenge of getting past the market noise and menacing headlines to make smart, long-term financial decisions. FollowPioneer shares the insights and perspectives from some of our most experienced investment professionals with you, to help you do the same.

To get to know our investment professionals better, view their profiles below:


Giordano LombardoGiordano Lombardo

Global CIO

Joined Pioneer: 2000

Investment experience since 1987

Giordano Lombardo is Global CIO of Pioneer Investments. In this role he is responsible for the global investment function. He is also Chairman of Pioneer Investment Management S.G.R.p.A (Italy) and Pioneer Investment Management Limited (Ireland). In March 2010, he was appointed as the Vice Chairman of Assogestioni, the Italian Association of Fund Managers.

Giordano has more than 25 years of experience in the asset management industry, starting as a financial analyst and portfolio manager. He has been with the UniCredit Group for over 20 years. Prior to assuming his present position he was Deputy CEO of Pioneer Global Asset Management S.p.A.. In addition to his current role, Giordano holds various directorships within the Pioneer Investments group of companies.

Ken Taubes

Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, U.S.

Joined Pioneer: 1998

Investment Experience: Since 1983

Ken Taubes is Chief Investment Officer of Pioneer Investment Management, Inc., the U.S. investment division of Pioneer Investments. He is Portfolio Manager of the Core, Core Plus and Multi-Asset Real Return strategies for retail and institutional clients. He also oversees the equity and fixed income portfolio management and research analyst staff in the U.S. and is Chairman of the U.S. Investment Committee and a member of the U.S. Management Committee.

Prior to joining Pioneer Investments in 1998, Ken spent seven years with Putnam Investments in Boston, most recently as Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for over $15 billion in fixed income assets for more than 30 institutional accounts and 15 open-end mutual funds.

Ken Taubes also served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer of Home Owners Savings Bank in Boston, New England’s largest thrift holding company and one of the nation’s largest mortgage banks, where he worked from 1986 to 1990. He began his career in 1980 with Bank of New England as a treasury officer in the bank’s international treasury division. He holds a BS in Accounting from Syracuse University’s Utica College (1980) and a MBA from Suffolk University (1985).

Marco Pirondini

Executive Vice President

Head of Equities, U.S.

Joined Pioneer: 1999

Investment Experience: Since 1991

Marco Pirondini is Head of Equities, U.S. for Pioneer Investment Management, Inc., the U.S. investment division of Pioneer Investments. Marco manages Pioneer International Value Fund and Pioneer Global Equity Fund. He also oversees the Fundamental Research Department.

Prior to his current role, Marco held the role of Global Chief Investment Officer with Pioneer Global Asset Management. He also spent five years as Head of Global Equity Research working in the U.S. investment division of Pioneer Investments. Prior to joining Pioneer Investments in 1999, Marco spent eight years with Credito Italiano, working in the asset management division of the retail bank of what is now the Unicredit Group. During his time with Credito Italiano he held the roles of Head of Italian Equities, Portfolio Manager for Italian Equities and Balanced Portfolios.

He received a Degree in Economics and a MBA with a specialization in Finance from Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

Mike Temple

Senior Vice President, Director of Credit Research, U.S. and Portfolio Manager

Joined Pioneer: 2002

Investment Experience: Since 1991

Michael Temple is Senior Vice President of Pioneer Investment Management, Inc., the U.S. investment division of Pioneer Investments, and Director of Credit Research, U.S. He is responsible for oversight of Pioneer’s U.S. credit research department. His duties include independent research of credits, sector analysis, and coordination of research efforts in high yield, bank loan, investment grade, emerging markets and municipal credit. He has been the Portfolio Manager of an institutional “Credit Opportunity” strategy since 2008, and is also a Portfolio Manager of Pioneer Dynamic Credit Fund.

Prior to joining Pioneer in 2002, he was a Portfolio Manager at Boston Partners Asset Management, where he helped manage $1.5B in institutional Core Plus strategies. He was also a Senior Credit Analyst at Putnam Investments, where he was responsible for the analysis of investment grade, high yield and emerging market investments. He was also a Senior Credit Analyst at Duff and Phelps in Chicago, and the Director of Planning and Investor Relations for the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Michael Temple received a BA and MBA from the University of Colorado in 1982 and 1984, respectively.

Sam Wardwell

Senior Vice President, Pioneer Investments

Investment Strategist

Joined Pioneer: 2003

Industry Experience: Since 1976

Sam Wardwell and the Investment Strategy Specialist team are responsible for explaining the investment philosophy, process, and performance of investment products and providing updates on overall financial market performance, economic trends and the firm’s economic outlook to clients and their advisors.

Sam’s career has given him direct experience with many of the most important economic developments of the past thirty years. He began his career with Bank of Boston as a commercial lender specializing in transportation companies during the Carter administration’s deregulation of the transportation sector and imposition of credit controls in an attempt to slow inflation. He moved to the bank’s investments division as a fixed income position trader during the years when the Volcker Federal Reserve raised interest rates to unprecedented levels in its successful attack on inflation.

In 1984, Sam joined Fidelity Investments on the fixed income investment side of the business, moving to the equity side and then into a role as a spokesman for Fidelity’s portfolio managers to institutional clients and consultants.

Sam joined Wellington Management Company in 1988. Over the next twelve years, he helped lead the growth of its institutional business, leading product management and institutional client relationship management teams. He also conducted original capital markets research and wrote white papers on topics such as the drivers of equity size and style cycles and the influence of the dot-com stocks on market index returns. Sam joined Pioneer Investments in 2003 from State Street Research where he was Head of Equity Product Management.

Sam graduated from Williams College (with honors) in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and English. He received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1991.

Paresh J. Upadhyaya

Senior Vice President

Director of Currency Strategy, U.S.

Joined Pioneer: 2012

Investment Experience: Since 1994

Paresh J. Upadhyaya is Director of Currency Strategy, U.S. He leads Pioneer Investments’ currency research effort out of Boston and serves as an advisor to the firm’s global fixed-income and equity investment staff on currency-related issues. In addition, he helps lead sovereign credit analysis and advises the investment team on sovereign bond investments. He is a member of Pioneer’s 29-person U.S. fixed income team.

Paresh has 18 years of experience in the investment industry. He joined Pioneer from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was Director, Senior FX Strategist – Head of North Americas G-10 FX. Prior to BofA Merrill Lynch, he was a Portfolio Manager and member of the currency team at Putnam Investments, where he participated in actively managing $20 billion in currency investments in currency overlay, fixed income, global asset allocation, and international equity portfolios. He has a B.S. in Economics and International Relations from Boston University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Boston College.

123Jonathan Chirunga

Vice President and Portfolio Manager

 Joined Pioneer: 2011

Investment Experience: Since 1998

Jonathan Chirunga is a Portfolio Manager of Pioneer High Income Municipal Fund and Pioneer AMT-Free Municipal Fund at Pioneer Investments. He is also a Portfolio Manager on two closed-end mutual funds, Pioneer Municipal High Income Advantage Trust and Pioneer Municipal High Income Trust.

Jonathan joined Pioneer as a Credit Analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager. In this role, he covered all municipal high-yield sectors and provided investment recommendations to all of Pioneer fixed income funds.

Prior to joining Pioneer, Jonathan spent ten years at T. Rowe Price as a Municipal Credit Analyst covering municipal debt offerings for tax-backed debt in the Southeastern and Central regions of the United States. Previously, Chirunga spent three years as a Municipal Credit Analyst at Standard & Poor’s, and two years as a Corporate Credit Analyst at Hewlett Packard Company.

He received a B.S. from Morehouse College and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

 

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