Robin Diamonte is closing in on a decade as investment chief of the now $24 billion pension fund at United Technologies. She also oversees the company’s $21.5 billion in defined contribution assets and an additional $10 billion in foreign pension assets. Early in her career, Diamonte made the transition from electrical engineering to pension fund management and has never looked back. Today she is focused on providing the best retirement benefits she can, despite the closure of the legacy pension plan.
On today’s treacherous investment landscape
“Everything seems expensive, and everybody’s complacent, so it’s worrisome. The complacency is more worrisome to me than any bubble risk.”
On pension oversight
“In the corporate world we are governed by ERISA. You need to document performance and strategy, and different changes and decisions to be prepared if questions come up.”
On complex investment strategies
“We do something called structured beta. It’s not smart beta; it’s structured beta. We get exposure to a market through futures, and then we have a portable alpha portfolio on that.”