Directors Guild Taps Rockefeller University, Cambridge Alum as CIO

Anouk van der Boor will oversee $4.7 billion on behalf of the pension and health plan.


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The Directors Guild of America, the labor organization that supports directors of film, television, and other media, has a new CIO, just a year and a half after hiring its first.

The organization’s pension and health plan, which manages $4.7 billion, has hired Anouk van der Boor as its next investment chief. Van der Boor joins from the Rockefeller University Endowment, where she was a managing director for nearly two years before departing in January.

Van der Boor will officially join the Directors’ Guild on July 1. She replaces Edgar Smith, who quietly left the organization earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Anouk as the CIO of the Directors Guild of America-Producer Pension and Health Plans,” said DGA CEO Lisa Read in a statement. “Anouk is a seasoned investor with a track record of delivering strong returns. Her deep experience in private markets and extensive network of manager relationships will open new opportunities for our pension and health plans.”

Van der Boor spent the bulk of her career — 17 years — at Cambridge Associates, working from both Singapore and Boston in the consulting firm’s private markets department. She was named a partner there in 2018, then departed in 2022 for the Rockefeller University endowment position.

In her earlier career, van der Boor worked at Merrill Lynch, the Parthenon Group, and the family office arm of Citizen’s Energy Corp. She currently serves as a trustee for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

“Anouk has exceptional communication skills and the ability to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels,” said Jay Roth, Co-chair of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. He added: “We have worked together on numerous investment opportunities in her capacity as advisor to the Pension and Health Plans’ private investments portfolio. We value her commitment to our best practice governance.”

Van der Boor added that she looks forward to implementing an investment strategy that “generates attractive risk-adjusted returns while ensuring access to liquidity.”