Institute for Religious Works, Legal & General, Association of Professional Pension Trustees, Allianz Global Investors, PwC, La Française, BNP Paribas Securities Services, DIAM International, Vontobel, Harcourt Investment Consulting

Institute for Religious WorksJean-Baptiste de Franssu has been appointed president at the IRW, also known as the Vatican Bank. The industry veteran, chairman at M&A consultancy Incipit, resigned as head of Invesco Perpetual’s Continental European business in April 2011 after 15 years. He also served as president of the European Fund and Asset Management Association until June 2011. Before joining Invesco, he was a director at Groupe Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations in France. De Franssu succeeds Ernst von Freyberg.  

Legal & GeneralRobert Jamieson was recently appointed COO Legal & General Retirement, a unit of Legal & General, which includes the group’s bulk annuity and longevity insurance business, as well as its individual retirement solutions business. He will also be responsible for delivering asset data and risk analytics across the wider Legal & General group. Jamieson joined Legal & General in 2011 from Thomson Reuters.

Association of Professional Pension TrusteesIan Pittaway has been elected chairman of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees (APPT) at its AGM. He is a senior partner at Sacker & Partners. The other council members of the APPT are Claire Altman, Andrew Bradshaw, Andrew Parker, Nita Tinn and Graham Wardle

Allianz Global InvestorsNaveen Kunam has been appointed senior portfolio manager in Allianz Global Investors’ new four-member team formed to develop the global emerging market debt (EMD) business. Kunam joins the company from ING Investment Management. Other members of the team include Shahzad Hasan, who has been hired as portfolio manager, Vlad Andryushchenko as senior research analyst and Eoghan McDonagh, who has been appointed senior trader. Hasan was previously at Credit Suisse, Andryushchenko worked at Renaissance Capital in Moscow, and McDonagh was at Eclectica Asset Management. The new team will be based in London and work alongside Oleksiy Soroka, who leads EMD credit research. 

La FrançaiseGregor Volk is joining La Française as head of real estate development for Germany, as part of the company’s strategic development plans for the country. He was previously director of institutional business at Invesco Asset Management in Frankfurt, where worked for seven years. Volk will continue to be based in Frankfurt, and at La Française will report to Philippe Peirs, head of international real estate development. 

PwCMark Pugh is joining PwC as asset management leader in the UK. He is taking over the role from Paula Smith, who is going back to the US after her secondment to the UK firm. Pugh has been an assurance partner at PwC for 10 years. 

BNP Paribas Securities Services Ken Back has been appointed by BNP Paribas Securities Services to the role of head of asset managers and alternatives sales for the UK. He comes from Broadridge Financial Solutions. Anne Leyton has also been hired by BNP Paribas Securities Services as head of the fund manager liaison team, joining from Citigroup, where she was a client executive director. Roman Seydoux has been hired as global relationship manager for asset managers, having previously worked at Bank of New York Mellon, and Claire Misata has been appointed global relationship manager for asset managers. Misata was previously at Northern Trust

DIAM International Anthony Catachanas has been hired by DIAM International to join its EMEA business development team, to help build the group’s institutional business. Catachanas joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he was responsible for global bank relationships and wholesale and institutional business in the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium and Luxembourg. 

VontobelCatherine Salmon has been appointed by Vontobel as client service manager, joining the firm AllianceBernstein, where she was a senior associate. At AllianceBernstein, she was responsible for managing client relations and providing sales support to large institutional clients, focusing on the defined contribution market. 

Harcourt Investment ConsultingMichel Salden has been hired by alternative investment boutique Harcourt Investment Consulting as senior portfolio manager. The firm is a unit of Vontobel Asset Management. Salden will manage the Vontobel fund Belvista Commodity. He is taking over the role from Jon Andersson, who will be managing another Vontobel fund, Belvista Dynamic Commodity. Salden has worked for several large Dutch pension funds over the last 12 years, including APG, DPFS and most recently PGGM.