Global Top 50 Women In Investment Management
Earlier this year, Cecilia Blomquist, CIO of PP Pension Tjänstepensionsförening (Occupational Pension Association) in Sweden, tells Hightree Advisors' Principal and Senior Advisor Lisa Laird how she pays as much attention to positivity in leadership, as she does to the downside in investment management.
PP Pension, a $2.5 billion occupational fund for the media industry, covers the Swedish Journalists' Association, the Media Industries Employers Association, and the trade union “Unionen,” for private employed with collective agreement within the media industry. It has a defined benefit scheme, a defined contribution scheme, and 35 different funds in a DC fund insurance platform.
From its base in Stockholm, Sweden, Blomquist continues to offer a practical perspectives, what the industry can do to support women and to retain them in the industry.
Cecilia Thomasson Blomquist joined PP Pension as the Chief Investment Officer during 2009. PP Pension offers occupational insurances for people employed in and by the media industry and is owned by its members. Cecilia has been working in the financial markets for 20 years. Before joining PP Pension she was Head of Foreign Exchange and Treasury at First Swedish National Pension Fund AP1 where she was part of the management team. She started her career working at NCC Treasury and has a Master of Business and Administration from Stockholm School of Economics.
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Principal and Senior Advisor
Lisa Laird joined Hightree Advisors as Principal and Senior Advisor in order to help organizations improve investment effectiveness. She is a mission-focused institutional investment professional with nearly 20 years of experience and a passion for human services.
Prior to joining Hightree, Lisa was most recently the Chief Investment Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health and was responsible for investment oversight of operating, insurance, and retirement assets totaling over $18 billion. Prior roles include senior level consulting positions at Towers Watson Investment Services and at Wilshire Associates. She has worked with both large and small organizations in a variety of governance and investment structures.
Lisa is the current Treasurer and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Seva Foundation. Over the past 40 years, Seva-supported programs and partners have helped to restore sight to nearly 5 million people around the world. Lisa previously served on the Board of Directors for Active Wellness, a health services management company. She has also served as a member of Board of Directors’ Investment Advisory Committee for CalOptima. CalOptima administers health insurance programs for low-income residents of Orange County.
Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. from Cal Poly Pomona. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2005. Lisa has been a regular contributor to industry conferences and events and was named “Woman of the Year in Investment Management” by Institutional Investor during the healthcare portion of its Roundtable for Consultants and Institutional Investors in 2017.