CalSTRS Simranjit ‘Sunny’ Dhillon Named Top 40 Under 40 All Star
Sunny is the fourth consecutive investment officer to rise and shine for CalSTRS

News release Ricardo Duran

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced that, for the fourth year in a row, a member of the fund’s investment staff was named to Chief Investment Officer magazine’s influential “Forty Under Forty” list of up-and-coming investment professionals under the age of 40.

“At age 34, Sunny is a great example of the exceptional talent that CalSTRS’ recruits”, said CalSTRS Chief Investment Officer Christopher J. Ailman.  “All four of our stellar staff recognized on this list still work here to this day.  It’s a great source of pride for us to say, ‘We grow local talent and keep them at CalSTRS.’”

The “Forty Under Forty” listing is an annual recognition of excellence among investment professionals employed by large asset owners. They represent pension funds, foundations and endowments whose long-term success depends on shrewd and strategic minds like Mr. Dhillon’s.

“His passion for the markets is evident in his willingness to volunteer for special projects, mentor new employees and recruit recent college graduates,” said CalSTRS Director of Fixed Income Glenn Hosokawa. “ Sunny’s contribution to the fund and representation of CalSTRS is invaluable. He has a bright future ahead.”

Mr. Dhillon holds a Bachelor of Science in managerial economics from University of California, Davis.  He holds both CFA® and CAIA® charters and is completing his Master of Business Administration.

He joined CalSTRS Fixed Income unit in 2008.

Since that time, Mr. Dhillon broadened his interest and currently is the lead trader/analyst for the fund’s $9.1 billion Interest Rate Portfolio and the $540 million Global Inflation Portfolio. In addition, he is a lead member of the Fixed Income Derivative team.

Mr. Dhillon stated, “I feel honored for having received this award and incredibly grateful to my mentors and peers who have helped me grow and develop my skill set in the investment industry.”

CalSTRS investment staff who are previously recognized members of the “Forty Under Forty” list include: Aeisha Mastagni (2013), Josh Diedesch (2014) and Carrie Lo (2015). Ms. Mastagni and Ms. Lo have since been promoted to portfolio managers. Mr. Diedesch has since been promoted to associate portfolio manager.

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The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, with a portfolio valued at $186.8 billion as of March 31, 2016, is the largest educator-only pension fund in the world. CalSTRS administers a hybrid retirement system, consisting of traditional defined benefit, cash balance and voluntary defined contribution plans. CalSTRS also provides disability and survivor benefits. CalSTRS serves California’s 896,000 public school educators and their families from the state’s 1,700 school districts, county offices of education and community college districts.

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