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People

Vineer Bhansali Ph.D., Founder and CIO
Vineer’s 24-year investment career started at Citibank, where he founded and managed the Exotic and Hybrid Options Trading Desk. He later joined Salomon Brothers in its Fixed Income Arbitrage Group, followed by the CSFB Proprietary Trading Group. Dr. Bhansali was at PIMCO for 16 years, serving the last eight years as MD and Head of the Quantitative Portfolios Team, which he founded in 2008. Dr. Bhansali also managed all of PIMCO’s analytics from 2000 to 2010. Among other responsibilities, he was the lead PM for the PIMCO TRENDS Managed Futures Strategy Fund, the PIMCO Tail Risk Hedging Funds, PIMCO RealRetirement and RealPath Funds, and PIMCO’s indexed ETFS. He was also co-PM of the PIMCO Global Multi-Asset Fund, PIMCO Global Relative Value Fund and PIMCO Distressed Senior Credit Opportunities Fund. He has written four books on finance: “Pricing and Managing Exotic and Hybrid Options”; “Fixed Income Finance: A Quantitative Approach”; “Bond Portfolio Investing and Risk Management”; and his most recent, “Tail Risk Hedging”, and authored over 25 refereed papers on topics as varied as option pricing, fixed income, tail hedging, asset allocation and economics in leading Journals that include the Journal of Finance, Financial Analysts’ Journal, Journal of Portfolio Management, and Journal of Risk.

He has received numerous awards, including the Graham and Dodd Scroll Award and TIME magazine’s college achievement award. Under Bhansali’s leadership, PIMCO received the Risk Manager of the Year Award in the asset-management category in 2002 from Risk Magazine. In its announcement of the award, PIMCO cited “a proprietary system developed in-house by PIMCO’s Vineer Bhansali, PhD. and his team.” Dr. Bhansali received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Harvard University in 1992 and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Physics from Caltech in 1987.

Vineer is an ultra-marathon runner and has finished the Western States Endurance Run numerous times, including earning the silver buckle in 2014. He has over 2000 hours of flight time in all types of aircraft, including jets and helicopters, and holds the Airline Transport Pilot Rating.

Brian Baker, Managing Director, Head of Global Investor Relations and Business Development
Mr. Baker was a Managing Director of PIMCO LLC, Chief Executive Officer and Director of PIMCO Asia, and Co-Head of PIMCO’s Official Institutions Business. For 18 years, Mr. Baker oversaw PIMCO’s business in Asia ex-Japan which encompassed portfolio management, credit research, client service, product development and business development functions. He was responsible for developing strategic business plans and overseeing their implementation across 20 Asian countries. As Co-Head of Official Institutions Business, Mr. Baker developed and executed global business plans for this client base and supported PIMCO’s efforts by meeting with central bank governors and reserves managers, ministers of finance and their staff, and sovereign wealth fund CEOs and reserve managers. Brian is an avid hiker and diver and travels around the world to seek out new hiking and diving venues.

Paul Wendler, Director of Operations
Mr. Wendler is LongTail Alpha’s Director of Operations responsible for firm-wide operations, PM trade support, operational risk management, and office management. Prior to joining LongTail Alpha, Mr. Wendler spent more than 10 years at PIMCO, serving as Newport Beach’s Middle Office manager and as head of the Global Leadership Unit – Middle Office, which included functional responsibility for all global middle office procedures. He possesses 11 years of investment and financial services experience, holds an undergraduate degree in business/economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a graduate of the Marine Corps University’s Command and Staff course.

Mr. Wendler is also a Lieutenant Colonel and infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps with more than 23 years of service including one tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently serves in the Marine Corps Reserves where he is assigned to the Camp Pendleton Emergency Operations Center and serves as a Senior Watch Officer responsible for crisis action planning and crisis action management. Mr. Wendler is also extremely active in the community. He has volunteered as a Little League baseball coach for the past 7 years and is a board member of The Devil Pups Youth Program for America and a committee member of the Los Angeles Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Brett Maune, Director of Risk Management
Brett Maune began his finance career as a convertible bond strategist at Goldman Sachs and later as an assistant trader on the equity options trading desk at Susquehanna International Group. Prior to pursuing a career in finance, Brett worked in the field of silicon-based quantum information processing and obtained a PH.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech in 2005. In his free time he enjoys mountain climbing and holds (or held) several records including the records for the John Muir Trail, Mount Whitney ascension and the Barkley Marathons, considered to be one of the toughest footraces in the world.