Newton Investment Management, PIMCO, Neuberger Berman, Amundi, Redington, 300 Club, Unilever, DIAM International, Aviva Investors, LawDeb Pension Trustees, Henderson Equity Partners, Financial Reporting Council

Newton Investment ManagementMatt Pumo has been appointed head of UK consultant relations. He joins from Neuberger Berman, where he was responsible for developing investment consultant relations in the UK and Europe. He has also previously held roles at Gartmore Investment Management and Liontrust Asset Management.

PIMCO – IPE understands that the California-based investment manager is laying off 68 members of staff, although it could not confirm whether this decision would affect employees in Europe.

AmundiNesreen Srouji has been appointed chief executive for the Middle East region. Before joining Amundi in May, she was head of investors and public sector at Standard Chartered, covering sovereign wealth funds and other institutional clients across the MENA region. She joined Standard Chartered in 2006 to set up its MENA private equity business.

RedingtonDan Mikulskis has been appointed to the newly created role of head of defined benefit pensions. Mikulskis, who joined Redington in June 2012, previously co-managed the asset and liability modelling team, along with Steven Yang Yu, who will now become the sole head of the team.

300 ClubMark Walker, global CIO and managing director at Univest Company, Unilever’s internal pension investment organisation, has joined the 300 Club. Prior to joining Unilever, he was a partner at Mercer and head of the London investment consulting unit.

DIAM International – The UK subsidiary of Asian asset manager DIAM has appointed Frederic de Merode as director of business development in the EMEA team. Based in London, he joins from Aviva Investors, where he was director of global client solutions and global financial institutions. Before then, he was a senior consultant at Elston Consulting.

LawDeb Pension TrusteesMike Jaffe has joined the trustee director team. He joins from Henderson Equity Partners. Before joining Henderson in 2007, he worked in the fixed interest division of UBS Investment Bank. 

Kames CapitalGraeme Sharpe has been appointed as a product specialist within the multi-asset team. He joins from Hymans Robertson, where he spent five years as an associate investment consultant.

Financial Reporting CouncilJohn Hitchins has been appointed deputy chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. Hitchins was a partner with PwC for 26 years until he retired in 2014.