GLOBAL - Publica, BlackRock, UK Pensions Regulator, NIBC, KNEIP

Publica - Werner Hertzog is set to leave Publica, the largest public fund in Switzerland, later this summer. He has been director of the fund since July 2004 and will be leaving on 30 June to "pursue new interests", the CHF33bn (€25.4bn) fund said. Publica's Kassenkommission, the body responsible for electing the new director, said it accepted Hertzog's decision with regret.

BlackRock - Martin Gut has been appointed head of BlackRock's institutional business in Switzerland. Before joining BlackRock, he was a managing director at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for relationships with major institutional clients in Switzerland, a position he held from 2007 to 2010. Prior to this, he spent 10 years as head of bond trading at Credit Suisse. He started his career with UBS, where he headed up various departments in its fixed-income division.

The UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) - TPR has made a number of senior appointments and some changes to the portfolios of its senior management team. June Mulroy, formerly executive director of business delivery, is the new executive director for defined contribution, governance and administration. Stephen Soper, formerly head of risk and funding, will be interim executive director for defined benefit funding. Charles Counsell, formerly employer compliance programme manager, will be interim executive director for employer compliance, leading the regulator's work helping employers prepare for auto-enrolment. Stuart Weatherley will continue as executive director for support operations. The regulator's senior management team is completed by Sue Griffin, head of customer and channels; Nigel Peaple, head of corporate and international affairs; and the post of head of risk, which is currently vacant. Graham Brammer has stepped down as executive director for employer compliance.

NIBC - Joost van der Does de Willebois and Philippe de Vicq de Cumptich have been named senior board advisors at NIBC. Van der Does has extensive experience in banking (ING Group) and industry (Royal Dutch Shell). Most recently, he was a member of the management committee of NYSE Euronext and chief executive of Euronext Amsterdam. De Vicq has more than 30 years of experience in private equity and investment management. In his last position, he was chief executive at KBC Private Equity.

KNEIP - The investment fund service provider has expanded its European presence with the opening of an office in Frankfurt, Germany, that will be headed by Jürgen Fass. Fass joined KNEIP in 2005 as relationship manager for German-speaking clients in Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In his new role, he will also be in close contact with German industry associations, regulatory bodies and other regional stakeholders. KNEIP has offices in London, Paris, Brussels and Lausanne, inaddition to its Luxembourg headquarters.