Rene Martel, executive vice president, PIMCO, is head of pension solutions in the Americas and focuses on liability-driven investments, asset allocation and asset-liability management strategies for pension funds and insurance companies. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2006, Mr. Martel was responsible for conducting asset-liability modeling and recommending risk management strategies for pension plan sponsors at Mercer Investment Consulting. He also advised institutional clients on asset allocation, investment policy and investment manager selection. He earned a B.S. in actuarial science, Laval University, and holds the Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) designation.