South Korea’s Government Employees Pension Service (GEPS) has named Chang-hoon Lee, a former head of Prudential Asset Management in Seoul, to serve as its chief investment officer.
Prior to joining GEPS, Lee had served as the former chief executive officer and chief investment officer at Prudential Asset Management Company in Korea between 2005-2010. Before that, he held senior investment roles at Samsung Investment Trust Management, Macquarie-IMM Investment Management and Dongwon Investment Trust Management (currently, Korea Investment Management Company), according to a GEPS statement.
After leaving Prudential in 2010, Lee ran his own investment advisory firm between 2012 and 2016.
In his new role, Lee will oversee the fund management of public pension funds such as stocks, bonds, and alternative investments. He will be in the role for a minimum of two years and the contract can be extended on a yearly basis depending on performance.
Lee’s predecessor, Young Gwon Choi, has reportedly joined Korea’s HI Asset Management Company as chief executive officer this month after the end of a three-year contract as CIO at GEPS.
GEPS was one of the earliest Korean investors to enter the private debt market. Last month, it selected Apollo Global Management and Cerberus Capital Management to manage its $160 million allocation to private debt funds. In 2016, it committed a total of $100 million to US-based HPS Investment Partners and Crescent Capital Group for overseas mezzanine investments after it invested €60 million in two private debt fund houses in Europe in 2015.