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Ariel Investments Named a Best Place to Work by Pensions & Investments for Second Year in a Row

Chicago, IL (December 13, 2021) — Ariel Investments, LLC (“Ariel” or “the firm”), a global value-based asset management firm, today announced that it has been named to Pensions & Investments’ annual list of the Best Places to Work in Money Management for the second year in a row. This is the third time the firm has received this honor.

“We are delighted to be recognized,” said Marlo J. Gaal, Chief Talent Officer at Ariel Investments. “The entire Ariel team has proven that we can embrace change and excel during challenging times. While working remotely through the pandemic, our teammates maintained a commitment to collaboration while exploring new horizons. This year alone, Ariel employees joined forces to support several historic milestones at the firm.”

Gaal continued: “We launched Ariel Alternatives, our very first private equity subsidiary. We created the infrastructure to support the new Schwab Ariel ESG ETF (SAEF)—Ariel’s first sub-advised ETF, and Schwab’s first environmental, social, and governance-focused investment fund. Ariel expanded its footprint—opening a new office in San Francisco. We welcomed several new colleagues, including three company board members who bring diverse expertise. Our Operating Committee developed a flexible “return to office” model and measured employee engagement through frequent, ongoing surveys. These efforts helped maintain and grow the culture of collaboration and exceptional client service that have been in Ariel’s DNA for over 38 years.”

Pensions & Investments partnered with Best Companies Group, a research firm specializing in identifying great places to work, to conduct a two-part survey process of employers and their employees.

The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies.

For a complete list of the 2020 Pensions & Investments’ Best Places to Work in Money Management winners and write-ups, go to

About Ariel Investments

Ariel Investments, LLC is a global value-based asset management firm founded in 1983. Ariel is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Sydney. As of September 30, 2021, Ariel’s firm-wide assets under management totaled approximately $17.3 billion, which includes $616.0 million in assets from Ariel Alternatives, a subsidiary of Ariel Investments. Ariel serves individual and institutional investors through five no-load mutual funds and nine separate account strategies. For more information, please visit Ariel’s website at

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