Leslie Barbi is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). She leads RGA’s Investment Management team, directs the company’s investment policy and strategy, and manages the global asset portfolio. She is a member of RGA’s Executive Committee.
Leslie joined RGA in 2019, bringing more than 25 years of experience in investment management, including 15 years of investment leadership in the insurance industry. Most recently, she was with Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, where she served as Executive Officer – Senior Vice President, Head of Public Investments. In this role, she led a team that actively managed $120 billion in fixed income portfolios, directing portfolio management, research, trading, strategy, and the asset/liability management and derivatives team. In addition, she served on multiple strategic committees, including the Investment Committee, and was a board member of Northwestern Mutual’s Wealth Management Company.
Prior to Northwestern Mutual, Leslie was Senior Managing Director, Head of Public Fixed Income at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. In this role, she managed $36 billion in fixed income assets and was responsible for oversight of the investment process, which included a focus on process improvement, talent development and retention, strategy development for portfolio construction, and risk management. Earlier in her career, Leslie held senior positions at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO).
Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in economics from Harvard University and her M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago. Active in the industry, she has served for eight years on the advisory board of the Fixed Income Forum, an industry organization comprising heads of fixed income or chief investment officers of approximately 50 buy-side firms.