Friday people roundup
GLOBAL – Campagne, NAPF, Aberdeen, Aon Hewitt, BNP Paribas, Conning Asset Management, Ethos, Mercer, Neuberger Berman, Standard Life Investments
Campagne – The €377m pension fund Campagne has appointed Eddy Koning as board member and chairman as of 1 October. He succeeds Cor Vonk, who chaired the scheme for the past 11 years. Koning was director of Campagne’s pensions desk until 1 September, when he was succeeded by Aart-Jan Baaijens.
National Association of Pension Funds – Frank Johnson and Jonathan Hunt have joined the UK association’s defined benefit council. Johnson currently serves as managing director of investments at pension manager RPMI, and Hunt is director of corporate finance and investment at the London Borough of Westminster’s local authority fund. The defined contribution council has also selected three members, appointing Anne Hunt, Andy Cheseldine and Carol Young. Hunt is currently pensions manager at bakery Warburtons, Cheseldine a partner at LCP and Young serves as head of pensions at brewer Heineken’s UK subsidiary. All five positions were contested with a ballot following applications from 36 NAPF members.
Aberdeen Asset Management – Álvaro Antón Luna and Ana Guzmán Quintana join the company’s newly launched Madrid office, responsible for business development. Senior business development manager Luna joins from Aon Accuracy, having worked at Aberdeen in the past. Quintana joins from Dekabank.
Aon Hewitt – Stuart Mckinnon is to join the company’s global investment practice as principal consultant, leaving LCP after five years. Prior to working at LCP, he worked at Close Wealth Management and, in his nearly two decades in the industry, also spent time at Threadneedle Investment Management at its fixed income and risk management desks.
BNP Paribas Securities Services – Florence Fontan has been named head of the asset manager client segment with overall responsibility for strategy, business development and products. Fontan has been the firm’s head of public affairs since 2007 and joined in 1998 after a decade at Arthur Andersen. She will be succeeded as head of public affairs by Laurence Caron-Habib, a member of the public affairs team since 2007.
Conning Asset Management – Neil Holmes has been appointed head of business development for the UK and Benelux, based in the London office. Holmes previously worked at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and has worked at Fortis Bank and Barclays Capital.
Ethos – Kasper Müller, current president of the Swiss foundation jointly owned by domestic pension funds, has declined to seek re-election at the 2015 annual general meeting. Müller, who has been with Ethos since its foundation in 1997, has been its president since 2007. Director Dominique Biedermann has been proposed as Müller’s replacement and will resign from his current role in 2015 to assume the post.
Mercer – Richard Dell has been named global head of the consultancy’s equity boutique, responsible for its equity research team. Having joined Mercer five years ago, Dell was until recently a senior researcher covering global equities and emerging markets. He has previously worked at Fidelity Worldwide Investments and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.
Neuberger Berman – Mark Østergaard has been named head of institutional sales for Scandinavia, based in London. Joining from Gottex Fund Management, where he was director of Nordic institutional clients, he has also worked at London & Capital, SparNord and HSH Gudme.
Standard Life Investments – Amanda Young has been named head of sustainable and responsible investment. She is currently a board member at UKSIF, has previously worked as the SRI officer at Newton Investment Management and started her career at Rabobank International.