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Joan A. Payden

Founder, President & CEO
Payden & Rygel

Joan A. Payden, CFA®, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Payden & Rygel, the global investment management firm that she founded in 1983. Payden has overseen the firm’s international expansion and its growth to more than $112 billion in assets under management. In 1992 the firm launched Payden & Rygel Investment Group, a family of mutual funds, of which she is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Subsequently, many of these strategies were duplicated in UCITS funds domiciled in Ireland. In 1998 Payden & Rygel Global Ltd. was founded in London. At the same time, the firm established Metzler/Payden LLC, its joint venture with Metzler Bank, Germany’s oldest private bank. Joan serves on the UCLA Anderson School board of advisors and is a trustee of the University of Southern California and Loyola Marymount University.

She is also a member of the board of the Town Hall of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Sports Council, the California Chamber of Commerce, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She is past Chairman of the Investment Counsel Association of America.

Joan A. Payden holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and earned a BA from Trinity Washington University in Mathematics and Physics.