Meredith Jones has joined Aon Hewitt as a Partner, and will head up the firm’s Emerging Manager Research practice. In her new role, Jones will leverage her 18 year career in the alternative investment industry to deliver strategic guidance to Aon Hewitt’s clients, including foundations, endowments and those in the public sector.
Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Meredith Jones set up her own business in 2014 called MJ Alternative Investment Research. She provided investors, asset managers and service providers with access to high-quality research and value-add consulting services. During that time she also launched a book, ‘Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too)’, aimed at providing female investors & money managers with insights about the behavioural, biological and cognitive edge that they provide the market. Before starting out on her own, between 2011 and 2014, Jones was a Director at Rothstein Kass, before which she held a Director role at Barclays Capital. From 2001 to 2011, Jones was the Managing Director at PerTrac Financial Solutions for more than nine years. Her role involved all strategic and tactical marketing efforts for the firm. Before joining PerTrac, she worked as the Vice-President and Director of Research for Van Hedge Fund Advisors, joining the company in 1998, leading a staff of ten research analysts in manager selection, evaluation and on-going monitoring.
Jones holds a Bachelor degree in PoliSci, History and French from the Centre College, as well as a political science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Jones joins Aon Hewitt as Partner, and will lead the firm’s Emerging Manager Research practice. Her appointment will strengthen the firm’s Global Asset Engine (GAE) capabilities. In the new role, Jones will provide strategic guidance on issues facing managers, hedge funds, private equity and real estate managers, to the firm’s clients including foundation, endowment and public sector clients.
“As a well-known leader in the investment industry, Meredith brings a depth of experience from research to investment consulting, to marketing, that will bring our clients a unique perspective,” comments Kemp Ross, US Head of Investment Solutions at Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting. “Her research on emerging managers, including small and young funds as well as women and minority-run funds, has been an industry standard since 2006. We are pleased to welcome Meredith as we continue to invest in our business and our talent in order to provide our clients with the best thinking in the industry.”