GLOBAL - Mercer, NorthgateArinso, BlackRock, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Cushman & Wakefield

Mercer - Russell Lee has joined as a senior consultant in Mercer's Financial Strategy Group business, which provides financial consulting advice to pension sponsors, fiduciaries and managers. He joins from QED Equity, a Dublin-based investment company, where he has served as a principal for three years. Before then, he was a senior manager at Allied Irish Banks. At Mercer, he will focus on advising clients on non-cash funding for defined benefit plans and capital-efficient funding strategies for bank and insurer pension plans.

NorthgateArinso - The human resources software and services provider has appointed Pete Holman as a business developer for its pensions division. Holman joins from NEST Corporation, where he was responsible for relationships with employers ahead of automatic enrolment. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing new business, with an emphasis on pensions administration outsourcing, trustee secretarial services, member communication exercises, mortality screening, address checking and data cleansing.

BlackRock - Lee Kempler has joined as managing director and executive director of BlackRock's Investment Institute. In this newly created role, he will oversee all operations for the institute, focusing on the "synthesis of ideas" generated across the company's investment platform. He joins from McKinsey & Co, where he was a principal and "director of knowledge". Ewen Cameron Watt has been appointed chief investment strategist for the institute.

BNP Paribas Real Estate - BT's former head of global real estate, Mark Cotterll, is joining to help expand the company's UK client solutions team. He will take the position of head of international account management. Florencia Orbea has also been appointed as client solutions analyst.

Cushman & Wakefield - Markus Reinert has been appointed a partner and head of property management and investor services for the EMEA region. He will join in July after 22 years at Jones Lang LaSalle in Germany, where he was a member of the board. Roger Young, Nick Suter, Jason Sharman, Piers Saunders and Struan Robertson have all joined the UK valuation and advisory team. Young joins as a partner from GL Hearn; Suter joins as an associate, also from GL Hearn; Sharman joins as an associate from DJ Deloitte; Saunders joins as a qualified surveyor from niche firm Anderson Wilde & Harris; and Robertson joins from Strutt & Parker as a qualified surveyor.