PWRI, Barings, BlackRock, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, BlueBay Asset Management, Towers Watson Retirement, Now: Pensions

PWRIRia Oomen-Ruijten has been appointed as the pensioners’ representative on the board of the pension fund for sheltered workshops (PWRI). Over the last 15 years, she has been an MEP and vice-chair for the Christian Democrat party in the European Parliament, focusing on pensions, social affairs and employment. Oomen-Ruijten has also been a member of the Dutch Parliament for the Christian Democrat party CDA. She was nominated by the elected pensioners in the accountability organ of PWRI. The appointment of pensioners on the board of pension funds in the Netherlands was made possible by new governance legislation that went into effect on 1 July.

Baring Asset ManagementKen Lambden has been appointed CIO, effective 16 September. He joins from Schroders, where he was most recently global head of equities. Before then, he served as chief executive and CIO of Schroders’ Australian business. Meanwhile, Marino Valensise, after seven years in the position of CIO at Barings, will become head of the Multi Asset Group. This appointment follows Percival Stanion’s decision to resign to take up an external opportunity. Andrew Cole and Shaniel Ramjee have also decided to resign from Barings, the company said. 

BlackRockJean Boivin has been appointed deputy chief investment strategist of the BlackRock Investment Institute. He joins from the Canadian Ministry of Finance, where for the last two years he served as associate deputy finance minister and G20, G7 and Financial Stability Board deputy for Canada. Before then, he was deputy governor at the Bank of Canada.

Lombard Odier Investment Managers – The institutional asset management arm of Lombard Odier Group has appointed Nancy Everett to the newly created post of senior adviser for its US-based business. She joins from BlackRock, where she was managing director and head of US fiduciary management. Before then, she was chief executive and CIO at Promark Global Advisors, known as General Motors Asset Management, or GMAM, until March 2009.

BlueBay Asset ManagementKaspar Hense has been appointed portfolio manager for global sovereign and aggregate bond strategies. He started his investment career in 2005 and worked for much of this time at Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt.

Towers Watson RetirementPeter Rowles has been promoted to head of the retirement practice for Ireland and the UK. He succeeds John Ball, appointed head of retirement solutions for the EMEA region in June. Rowles joined Towers Watson in 1987.

Now: PensionsJamie Warren has been appointed head of legal. He joins from Capgemini, where he was senior legal counsel and had particular responsibility for the financial services division.