Profession: Senior Corporate Executive
Birthplace: Knoxville, Iowa
Position: Managing Director and Global Head of the Emerging Markets Research Group, JP Morgan & Chase
At the tender age of 39 Joyce Chang oversees JP Morgan & Chase’s emerging markets research strategy and asset allocation recommendations. In English, she finds the best investment opportunities in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and emerging Asia. For the last seven years, Institutional Investor has ranked Chang the Number 1 emerging markets strategist. Euromoney seconded that distinction in 2004.
Chang calls research the “ultimate team sport”. Hers is truly an international sport, comprising professionals from 18 countries. Hard work, partnership, teamwork and a respect for diverse opinions and views are the prime ingredients in her recipe for success.
Chang grew up in Knoxville Iowa. Her first job was delivering the Des Moines Register and Tribune. The paper route won her a scholarship to Phillips Exeter Academy. In 1986 she recieved her degree from Columbia University. While an undergrad, she interned for an editor at Ms. Magazine. In grad school she worked for the US Agency for International Development in Manila, Philippines. In 1990 she received her Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and began her Wall Street career as an emerging market strategist for Salomon Brothers. In 1996 she moved to Merrill Lynch as Managing Director and Global Head of International Emerging Markets Research. Three years later, she moved to JP Morgan.
Chang is married to David, and has two children, Matthew, 5, and Isabel, 2.
“I love taking them around the city to plays, concerts, museums and parks,” she says. “New York City is a wonderful city for children.”