State Street Global Advisors, Mercer Italy, AXA Investment Managers, Standard Life Investments, Bank J Safra Sarasin

State Street Global AdvisorsHelene Veltman has been appointed as senior solution strategist in the Investment Solutions Group for the EMEA region. Based in London, she will be responsible for Dutch clients and prospects. She joins from AXA Investment Managers, where she was director of liability-driven investment and fiduciary management, based in Paris. Before then, she worked in risk management for equity derivatives and solutions for insurance and pension clients at Société Générale. She has also worked at HSBC and Commerzbank.

Mercer ItalyLuca De Biasi has been appointed to Mercer Italy’s management team in Milan as head of investment. De Biasi comes to the consultancy from Banca della Svizzera Italia, part of the Generali Group, where he was senior vice-president, head of multi-management and the fund selection unit.

Standard Life InvestmentsGerry Rocchi has been appointed a non-executive director of the board, effective 1 March. Rocchi is currently chief executive at Green Power Action, an environmental finance firm based in Toronto that manages Canada’s first carbon-offset credit fund. He left Barclays Global Investors Canada in 2005, where he was chief executive from 1997 to 2004.

Bank J Safra SarasinPaul Schulz has been appointed head of fund research. He joins from Notenstein Privatbank, where he was head of fund research since 2008. His previous appointments include fund research at UBS, and equity research at Deka and Dresdner Bank.