EUROPE - Chris Ford has been appointed investment leader for the EMEA region at Towers Watson with immediate effect, replacing Paul Trickett, who left the company in October.

Ford joined Towers Watson in 1990 and has held a variety of research, consulting and management positions, including heading the New York investment practice from 2000 to 2003.

In the UK, he took responsibility for the investment strategy team in 2004 and joined the EMEA executive committee in 2007. He joined the global practice management team in 2008.

Trickett left Towers Watson in early October to take up a senior position in Goldman Sachs Asset Management's fiduciary management business.

His appointment followed that of Philip Read, chairman of the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme, as senior adviser on GSAM's Global Portfolio Solutions unit. That move was announced at the beginning of September.

Trickett joined Watson Wyatt in 1999 after around 20 years at British Coal, including a stint as chief executive of the coal industry pension schemes.