SPF, Varma, OPSG, Amsterdam Free University, Amundi, MN, SEI

SPFRoelf Pater has been appointed as director of the €13bn Dutch railways pension fund’s pensions bureau. He joins from BlackRock, where he was director of fiduciary management since 2012. Earlier, Pater worked as an independent asset management consultant for pension funds and pensions providers. He has also held a variety of roles at TKP Investments, ING Investment Management and MN.

VarmaJarmo Hyvärinen, Kari Jordan, Erkki Järvinen, Hannu Kottonen, Päivi Leiwo and Christoph Vitzthum have joined the Finnish pension mutual’s supervisory board. Hyvärinen is currently chairman of the sales and marketing professionals union (MMA), while Jordan is chief executive of paper manufacturer Metsä. Järvinen and Kottonen are both chief executives of local manufacturing companies, Tikkurila and HKScan, and Leiwo is chair of the board at energy company Oilon. Vitzthun is chief executive of baking and confectionery group Fazer.

Occupational Pensions Stakeholder GroupPhilip Shier has been elected chair of the pension stakeholder group at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. He is to serve the remainder of Benne van Popta’s term, after the Detailhandel chairman stepped down earlier this year.

Amsterdam Free UniversityIvor Witte has been appointed as co-worker of international pensions law at Amsterdam’s Free University (VU). While writing his PhD, he has focused on national and international aspects of pensions provision at the VU. Witte will now research the European dimension of supervision of pension plans and the meaning of European and international law for Dutch pensions legislation.

AmundiNavik Patel has been named head of directional strategies, joining from Aberdeen Asset Management. Prior to his five years at Aberdeen, he worked for RBS Asset Management and began his career at Coutts.

MNGerald Cartigny has been named CIO and director of fiduciary management at the €110bn asset manager. He has carried out both roles since March 2014 on an interim basis following the departure of Wouter Pelser. Cartigny started at MN as director of account management in 2012. Previously, he was managing director at ABN Amro Asset Management.

SEIBrian McCauley and Owen Khonje have joined the fiduciary manager. McCauley was named client director, joining from the investment consultancy business at Buck Consultants. Khonje joins the alternative investments team from the in-house team at Barclays Bank’s defined benefit fund.