Mary Pieterse-Bloem appointed Endowed Professor of Financial Markets

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As of 1 September 2018, Dr Mary Pieterse-Bloem, Senior Global Head Fixed Income at ABN AMRO, has been appointed Endowed Professor of Financial Markets at Erasmus School of Economics through the Erasmus Trustfonds. As part of her chair, she will focus on areas of study such as bond market liquidity and the return impact of firms’ alignment with the UN sustainable development goals. Pieterse-Bloem has been working for ABN AMRO since 2015 and was appointed at Erasmus School of Economics in 2011.

“I am delighted¬† by the appointment of Mary Pieterse-Bloem as Endowed Professor at the Erasmus School of Economics,” says Pieter van Mierlo, CEO of ABN AMRO Private Banking, “The combination of her position at ABN AMRO Private Banking’s Global Investment Centre and this chair will ensure she can conduct research while keeping a close eye on what happens in the real world. I’m convinced this will add value to both the science and the practice of her field.”

About the Financial Markets chair

The Financial Markets chair, made possible through the Erasmus Trustfonds, is part of the Finance section of the department of Business Economics and it occupies an important field on its own. At the same time, it connects with the chair in Corporate Finance, extending the combined footprint of the department to the field of asset pricing and asset allocation.

About Mary Pieterse-Bloem

Since her appointment at Erasmus School of Economics in September 2011, Mary Pieterse-Bloem has been responsible for the fixed income research and education programme, including daily supervision of two PhD candidates, authoring academic publications, the master’s course on fixed income securities and bond portfolio management and supervision of students’ theses.
Pieterse-Bloem has spent her entire professional career in fixed income. From 1993, when she completed her MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics, she worked in the dealing rooms of Paribas, DrKW and Lehman Brothers in London for 13 years, both as a euro bond strategist and a debt capital markets professional. In 2006, she took time out to write her PhD thesis on the integration of European corporate bond markets. She obtained her doctorate in 2011 at Tilburg University, after which she resumed her career in the Netherlands in asset management.
As Global Head of Fixed Income at ABN AMRO Private Banking, Pieterse-Bloem leads a global team of fixed income specialists responsible for delivering high-performing portfolios and investment recommendations to ABN AMRO’s private clients. She is a voting member of the Global Investment Committee, which determines the allocation of some €210 billion in assets that ABN AMRO’s private bank has under management. Before joining ABN AMRO, Pieterse-Bloem worked as a senior strategist for the fixed income portfolios of both ING Investment Management (now NN IP) and APG Asset Management. She frequently appears in print media, including Het Financieele Dagblad, De Telegraaf, PensioenPro, and on TV channels such as CNBC and the Bloomberg Daybreak TV Show. She is Chair of the Rente Gilde (“Rates Guild”), the Dutch guild for professionals working in fixed income markets.


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