Wyoming pension system hires new chief investment officer

The Wyoming Retirement System has hired Sam Masoudi as the system’s new chief investment officer. Masoudi has worked with a wide variety of investment types including public equities, private equity, fixed income, real estate and hedge funds.

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The Wyoming Retirement System (WRS) hired Sam Masoudi as the system’s new chief investment officer. Masoudi brings 20 years of investment experience and will start on Dec. 3.

During his career, Masoudi has worked with a wide variety of investment types including public equities, private equity, fixed income, real estate and hedge funds.

“I’m thrilled to join the Wyoming Retirement System, which is a well-run organization with an excellent governance structure and team,” he said.

Ruth Ryerson, executive director of WRS, said she’s pleased Masoudi is part of the WRS team.

“With Sam’s diverse investment background, he will provide excellent leadership to the investment management team,” Ryerson said.

WRS hired Masoudi after a nationwide search that started during the summer and was conducted by Korn Ferry International, an executive search firm. Masoudi said organizations like WRS are vital to people who work all their lives and rely on a pension in retirement.

“My father worked for United Airlines and my mother was a public school teacher,” he said. “Both had pensions when they retired, which gives me a personal connection to the WRS mission.”

Prior to WRS, Masoudi was a managing director of the endowment investment office of Tulane University, a position he held for five and a half years.

Masoudi also spent seven years as portfolio manager and founder of Silver Peak Capital Management, an investment fund in New York City; three years as director at Veronis, Suhler & Associates, a private equity fund in New York City; and four years as assistant vice president in the real estate investment banking group at Kidder Peabody and PaineWebber in New York City.

Masoudi holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. Masoudi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and investments from Babson College in 1992.

CONTACT:

Aimee Inama
Information Officer
Phone: (307) 777-7776
Fax: (307) 777-3621
Email: aimee.inama1@wyo.gov
Web: http://retirement.state.wy.us

About WRS: WRS administers retirement plans for roughly 42,000 public employees in Wyoming and 23,000 retirees and has approximately $7 billion in assets.