PIMCO , the $2 trillion dollar fund management behemoth, last night announced the surprise resignation of high profile chief executive Mohamed El-Erian , one of the world's most famous financiers. El-Erian, who also acts as co-chief investment officer (CIO) alongside fund veteran Bill Gross , will leave the group in mid-March after 15 years at the business. Gross, who founded the firm, will remain in his current position. As part of the reshuffle, Andrew Balls - brother of Labour's shadow chancellor Ed Balls - has been promoted to co-deputy CIO along with Dan Ivascyn . Both men will work a rung below Gross in running the company's funds, which includes its flagship $248bn total return fund, until last year the world's biggest mutual fund. Eg yptian-raised El-Erian previously ran Harvard University's endowment fund during a break from Pimco between 2005 and 2007 and also had a long stint at the International Monetary Fund . Pimco's German owner, Allianz , said El-Erian will remain on its international executive committee and help with policy work. Last year was a rough one for Pimco , with investors pulling billions of dollars from its funds after it had its worst performance run since 1994.
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