John West Head of Client Strategies, Research Affiliates Share Add Download Print Mr. West is a partner and head of client strategies at Research Affiliates, a subadvisor to PIMCO. He is responsible for product management and for spearheading various client service initiatives. He also has primary responsibility for external communication of the firm’s global tactical asset allocation strategy. Before joining Research Affiliates, Mr. West was a vice president and senior consultant at Wurts & Associates (now called Verus) and managed the firm's overall research effort, including the development of capital market assumptions, new asset class opinions, alternative investments, portfolio processes and spending policies. He is co-author of "The Fundamental Index: A Better Way to Invest," published in 2008, and holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Arizona.