Contributor Profiles

With over 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

CEO – Group CIO

Joined Pioneer: 1998

Investment experience since 1987

Giordano Lombardo is Chief Executive Officer and Group Chief Investment Officer of Pioneer Investments.

Prior to his appointment as CEO in February 2015, he held the position of
Deputy CEO from 2012 and has been Group CIO, responsible for global
investment activities, since 2001.

Giordano is also Chairman of Pioneer Investment Management S.G.R.p.A (Italy)
and Pioneer Investment Management Limited (Ireland). From November 2013
to March 2016 he was Chairman of Assogestioni, the Italian Association of
Fund Managers. Currently he is Vice Chairman of Assogestioni.

Giordano started out as a financial analyst and portfolio manager and has over
30 years of experience in the asset management industry, including over 20
years with Pioneer Investments.

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.

Michael Temple

Senior Vice President, Director of Credit Research, U.S. 

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.

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.



Cosimo Marasciulo

Head of European Government Bonds, Senior Vice President

Joined Pioneer: 2000

Investment experience since 1998

Cosimo Marasciulo is Head of European Government Bonds at Pioneer
Investments. Based in Dublin, he was appointed to this role in June 2010.
He is also the Lead Portfolio Manager of several fixed income portfolios.
Prior to this, Cosimo was Head of Fixed Income in Italy, a role to
which he was appointed in 2004. Previously he was a Senior Portfolio
Manager in the Dublin hub.

Cosimo joined Pioneer Investments in January 2000 upon completion
of a Masters degree in Financial Economics from London Business
School-Bocconi-University College Dublin. Cosimo has been
specialising in Fixed Income products since joining Pioneer

Cosimo is a Business Engineering graduate of Milan Polytechnic
College and has completed post-graduate studies in Fixed Income
Portfolio Management at Bocconi University.

David GreeneDavid Greene

Client Portfolio Manager for European Fixed Income

Joined Pioneer Investments: 2012

Investment experience since 1988

Prior to joining Pioneer Investments, David was Managing Director of Conning Asset Management (Europe) Ltd, specialising in insurance asset management and responsible for the management of Conning’s non-US dollar fixed income assets. Before joining Conning, David was a Senior Portfolio Manager at KBC Asset Management Ltd, Ireland’s fourth-largest pension fund management company.

At Pioneer Investments, David is responsible for the euro-domiciled fixed income products and his role involves explaining the investment philosophy, process and performance of the fixed income products, as well as providing updates on overall financial market performance, economic trends and the company’s economic outlook.

David studied at University College Dublin, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Studies degree.

Diego FranzinDiego Franzin

Head of Equity – Europe

Joined Pioneer: 1998

Investment experience since 1998

Diego Franzin is Head of Equity – Europe. Based in Dublin, he is also responsible for the European Equity Research team. Diego oversees the investment process, research function and management of all portfolios within the European and Thematic Equity universe.

Prior to this, Diego was Head of Global Quantitative Research & Management, responsible for a team of quantitative research analysts dedicated to supporting fundamental research and portfolio managers to generate alpha for equity, credit and fixed income products. This team is also responsible for the management of all our quantitative and disciplined portfolios. Diego was lead portfolio manager of our US Disciplined Value and Growth products.

Diego is a graduate in Economics from the University of Pavia with specialisation in econometrics and statistics. He joined Pioneer Investments in April 1998 as a Quantitative Equity Analyst and became Head of Global Quantitative Equity and Head of US Quantitative Research in 2002 before assuming the role as Head of Global Quantitative Research & Management in April 2008. Diego completed the Harvard Business School PLD5 (Program for Leadership Development) in 2008.

fiona englishFiona English

Client Portfolio Manager for European Equity and Commodities

Joined Pioneer: 2011

Investment experience since 2000

Fiona English is a Client Portfolio Manager with specific responsibility for European Equity and Commodities. She is responsible for communicating the investment philosophy, process and performance of the range of investment products and providing updates on overall market themes to clients and their advisors on behalf of the portfolio management team.

Fiona has over 15 years’ experience in investment management and product research having previously worked for one of the largest stockbroking firms in Ireland as part of the multi-asset fund selection team. During her time there, Fiona was responsible for the analysis and due diligence of funds and investment products across a range of asset classes including equities, fixed income, absolute return products and commodities. Fiona also worked with key clients to advise on and tailor investments for their specific requirements.

Fiona holds a business degree from UCD, Dublin, and is a Registered Stockbroker.

Yerlan SyzdykovYerlan Syzdykov

Head of Emerging Markets – Bond & High Yield

Joined Pioneer: 2000

Investments experience since 1997

Yerlan Syzdykov is Head of Emerging Markets – Bond & High Yield at Pioneer Investments. In this role, he has overall performance responsibility for investment strategies managed by our team of Emerging Markets and High Yield Portfolio Managers.

Yerlan is Lead Portfolio Manager for our Aggregate Emerging Market Debt strategies, including Pioneer Funds – Emerging Markets Bond.

Yerlan has been involved in the managing of our Emerging Market Debt strategies since 2000 and has played a key role in evolving our investment capability in this area over the last 14 years.

Yerlan has worked on emerging markets throughout his career. He joined Pioneer Investments in 2000 from Bancroft in Paris where he had been working as an Investment Analyst. Before this, he was employed by various companies in London and Paris within the emerging markets area.

Yerlan started his career as an Equity Analyst with Renaissance Capital in Moscow upon completion of his MBA in 1997.

Giles BedfordGiles Bedford

Client Portfolio Manager for Emerging Markets

Joined Pioneer: 2012

Investment experience since 1996

Giles is a Client Portfolio Manager with 18 years of experience in the financial services industry and is based in Pioneer Investments’ London office.

Prior to joining Pioneer Investments, Giles was the managing partner of Beltone Financial UK, the European arm of the Egyptian investment bank. Prior to this, Giles was a partner at E2 Research, an independent research boutique. He previously held positions at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Robert Fleming and ING Barings -all in the field of Emerging Markets .

In 2006, The Financial News named Giles on their first “Rising Stars” list of the 100 most influential people in the city under 40.

Giles was educated at the University of St Andrews and the University of Pennsylvania.

monica_defendMonica Defend

Head of Global Asset Allocation Research

Joined Pioneer: 1997

Investment experience since 1997

Monica Defend is the Head of Global Asset Allocation Research with Pioneer
Investments in Italy. She has worked in the investments industry since 1997.
Monica  is responsible for providing asset allocation recommendations and core
investment strategies at macro, sector and national level. The Global Asset
Allocation Research team is responsible for the short, medium and long-term asset
class forecast; asset class valuation; the construction and implementation of trading
rules and closely monitoring the financial markets.
Monica moved to the Milan office as Head of Italian Quantitative Research. Prior to
that, she was a Quantitative Analyst in the Dublin office.
Monica has a degree in Social and Economics Sciences from Bocconi University.
She also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Bocconi University and a
Master’s degree in Financial Economics from London Business School-Bocconi.
She has been a member of the Unicredit Management and Banking Academy since


Mauro Ratto 

Head of Emerging Markets

Joined Pioneer: 1998

Investment experience since 1989

Mauro Ratto is Head of Emerging Markets. In this role, he is responsible for leading a highly skilled investment team working on debt and equity strategies that covers Asia, Latin America, Emerging Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Mauro is also Lead Portfolio Manager of Pioneer Funds – Euro Strategic Bond and a Co-Portfolio Manager on our Global Emerging Market Equity mandates.
Prior to his current appointment, Mauro was Head of Investment Management Europe and Asia. In this role, he was responsible for Portfolio Management and Trading teams across emerging as well as developed markets concentrating on fixed income, equity, absolute return, balanced and fundamental research, as well as single strategy
hedge funds.
He is a member of the Global Investment Committee and is a director of Pioneer Investment Management Limited. A guest lecturer at the faculty of Political Economy of University of Genoa and an Economics graduate of the same university, Mauro has
been part of UniCredit S.p.A., which owns Pioneer Investments, since 1989. In 1998, he moved to Dublin to join Pioneer Investments as Head of Global Portfolios, later adding Fixed Income to his title. He was Head of Portfolio Management, Europe (2002-2004), before taking on the role of Head of Investment Management Europe and


Global Head of Multi Asset Investments

Matteo Germano

Global Head of Multi Asset Investments

Joined Pioneer: 1998

Investment experience since 1994

Matteo Germano is Global Head of Multi-Asset Investments at Pioneer Investments. The Multi-Asset group manages a wide range of top down investment strategies, encompassing asset allocation, stock and fund selection. In addition, it offers a set of advisory services including asset liability management, (ALM), asset allocation overlay, manager selection and fiduciary management. Matteo is a member of the Global Investment Committee and several other Boardsnand Global Committees for Pioneer Investments. An Economics graduate of the University of Genoa, Matteo completed a MSc in Finance at the University of London before beginning his professional career with Eurispes, a UK Institute for Social and Economic Research and Furman Selz. In 1996, he subsequently joined the Unicredit Group covering different roles in Research, later moving to the Asset Management division, (now Pioneer Investments), to lead the Fundamental and Quantitative Research teams, before assuming the responsibilities for Multi-Asset strategies.

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