Pictet Asset Management, Ignis Asset Management, First State Investments, JLT Employee Benefits

Pictet Asset ManagementRoger Price-Haworth has been appointed head of institutional business development for Ireland and the UK. He joins from BNP Paribas Investment Partners, where he was head of UK institutional business. He has more than 30 years’ experience in financial services and has previously headed UK institutional business development teams at Pioneer Global Investments and Insight Investments. Separately, Anahita Firouzbakht has been appointed consultant relations manager in the Global Consultant Relations team, joining from Partners Group.

Ignis Asset ManagementEric Stobart and David Watts have been appointed non-executive directors. Stobart will chair the Audit and Risk Committee, while Watts will chair the Investment Committee. Stobart currently holds non-executive roles at Throgmorton Trust, Utilico Investments and Capita Managing Agency and senior trustee positions on the pension schemes of Lloyds Banking Group, Anglian Water, Dixons Store Group and Lloyd’s of London. Watts is currently a non-executive director at JP Morgan Fleming Income & Growth Investment Trust and has previously held non-executive directorships at Martin Currie Investment Management, Investec High Income Trust, Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund, Key Asset Management and AXA UK.

First State Investments – FSI has made three hires to its European Direct Infrastructure team in London. Volker Häussermann joins as a director from Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management Infrastructure Europe, where most recently he was a vice-president. Batiste Ogier has been appointed as a senior executive, joining from KPMG Corporate Finance, while Mats Hope joins as an executive from UBS Investment Bank.

JLT Employee BenefitsHugh Nolan has been appointed chief actuary. Nolan will represent the company in its engagement with the Pensions Regulator and trade bodies such as the Society of Pension Consultants and the Association of Consulting Actuaries.