Angel Logo


Jane Buchan
Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company
Jane Buchan is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of PAAMCO, a global investment management firm based in Irvine, California with offices in London and Singapore. Along with three co-founders, Ms. Buchan started the firm in 2000 and has grown it to $9 billion in assets under management, over $6 billion in assets under advisement and more than 130 employees globally. In addition to her responsibilities for overall business strategy and firm direction, Ms. Buchan remains actively involved in PAAMCO’s investment process as a member of the firm’s Investment Oversight Committee.

Ms. Buchan and her partners have focused on being early movers on a number of fronts in the hedge fund industry including requiring full position-level transparency from managers, targeting early-stage managers and creating a proprietary managed account platform for investments in hedge fund managers. PAAMCO is viewed as a thought leader in the industry and both the firm and its professionals have been recognized with a number of honors and awards. In particular, Ms. Buchan has been named to 50 Women in Hedge Funds, published by The Hedge Fund Journal and Ernst & Young, in 2013, 2010 and 2009. She is also the recipient of 100 Women in Hedge Fund’s 2014 North American Industry Leadership Award. PAAMCO was named to HFM Week’s 2014 Investor Power 30: The Top 30 Most Influential Investors and Advisors in the Hedge Fund Space. The firm is also included in InvestHedge’s 2013 Global Billion Dollar Club.

Ms. Buchan began her career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management in the Capital Markets Group. She has also been an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Ms. Buchan holds both a PhD and a MA in Business Economics (Finance) from Harvard University. She earned a BA in Economics from Yale University.

Ms. Buchan serves on the Board of Directors for many well-respected organizations. She currently serves as Director as well as Chair of the Board for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA). She serves as a Director and Chair of Governance and Nominating for the Torchmark Corporation (TMK). In addition, Ms. Buchan is a Trustee for Reed College in Portland, Oregon as well as the University of California, Irvine Foundation and is a member of the Investment Committees for both organizations. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Master of Financial Engineering Program at the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. Additionally, Ms. Buchan serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Alternative Investments. Ms. Buchan is also a 100WHF Charter Angel, one of the seasoned practitioners whose vision and generosity funded the initial organization and operating expenses of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, thereby enabling the legal formation of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Association and Foundation.