Cambridge Associates, Momentum Global Investment Management, Mercer, Capital Cranfield, Schroders, MFS Investment Management

Cambridge AssociatesAlex Koriath has been hired by Cambridge Associates as head of the firm’s UK pension practice starting from this month. He was previously part of KPMG’s investment advisory team in London, where he held the roles of director and head of fiduciary management advisory services and manager research. Before that, Koriath was an investment consultant at Hewitt Associates

Momentum Global Investment ManagementRichard Cooper has been hired by Momentum Global Investment Management and take up the newly created role of head of corporate solutions and consulting at the end of August. Cooper is leaving Mercer, where he is senior partner, after working at the consultancy for 20 years.

MercerJane Barker has been appointed as chair of Mercer’s UK board. She has been an executive board member at Mercer since 2010 and is the current chairman at sister company Marsh – another unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Barker is replacing Sir Peter Middleton, who will retire at the end of July. Barker is chief executive of Equitas Limited, having held the position for the last seven years. She had been the firm’s finance director since 1995. 

Capital CranfieldNeil McPherson has been hired by independent pension trustee firm Capital Cranfield to become its managing director starting in August. Since 2010, he has been a senior adviser to Copthall Partners, and he is currently the council director for the Conference Board’s European Pension Council – a pan-European group of multinational corporate pension funds.

SchrodersJames Luke and Dravasp Jhabvala have been hired by Schroders, joining the firm’s commodities team. Luke, previously co-head of metals research at JP Morgan, will take on the role of commodity fund manager/metals analyst, and Jhabvala – who specialised in developing investment strategies for commodities at Palaedino Group – will be commodity quantitative analyst at Schroders. 

MFS Investment Management (MFS) – James Gavin is joining MFS Investment Management as head of wholesale for the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands. He is based in London and will report to Lina Medeiros, president of MFS International. Gavin was previously director of asset management with Commerzbank.