Muthu Muthiah adds global perspective as new CIO

Muthu has lived all over the globe—India, Papua New Guinea, Australia—and across the United States—in California, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, and soon Washington State. Moving around throughout his life has given Muthu a unique global perspective that he’ll be bringing to Group Health Foundation this July, when he joins as our chief investment officer (CIO).

Muthu is a seasoned asset management professional with experience investing globally across various asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, real estate, real assets, and both public and private investments in emerging economies. For more than 15 years, he has built investment portfolios and led investment teams to source, underwrite, and manage assets for nonprofit institutions.

“We could not be more excited to welcome Muthu Muthiah to steward the Foundation’s $1.9 billion in assets,” says Peter van Oppen, chair of Group Health Foundation’s investment committee. “Muthu’s technical expertise, outstanding communication skills, genuine passion, and vision for the Foundation’s investment office distinguished his candidacy.”

Most recently, Muthu served as managing director of Emory Investment Management in Atlanta, Georgia, which manages $7 billion in endowment assets for Emory University and Emory Healthcare. At Emory, he was directly responsible for a $2 billion portfolio and played a key role in asset allocation, risk management, and manager selection. Muthu also has managed investment strategies at Covariance Capital Management in Houston, Texas; the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia; the State Board of Administration of Florida in Tallahassee, Florida; and RSM Equico in Costa Mesa, California. He holds a BHM from Mangalore University and an MBA from Rollins College. 

As soon as Muthu learned about the opportunity at the Foundation, it struck several chords. “The diversity of people around the table is really meaningful for me. And, the mission of the Foundation to shape health equity in Washington speaks to me. I want to come into work every day and know I’m making a difference.” Muthu says he’s most looking forward to getting to know the people and organizations in communities across Washington. 

Muthu tries to follow investor Charlie Munger’s advice to read broadly and think deeply. Outside of work, Muthu’s main interests are reading, mostly nonfiction, and watching Tamil movies. Muthu also likes to cycle and jog, and anticipates adding hiking and camping to the list upon moving to the Pacific Northwest.