GLOBAL – UK Pensions Regulator, UMR, Skanska, Handelsbanken Liv, Henderson, Carmignac Gestion, Mirova, EIRIS, Meriten Investment Management, CQS

UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) – The UK’s Department for Work & Pensions has appointed three non-executive directors to the regulator’s board. Replacing Alan Pickering and Chris Swinson after eight years of service are Ann Berresford, David Martin and Graham Mayes, who will start from February. Berresford is a chartered accountant and has worked for Bank of Ireland Group and Clyde Petrolium. In addition to advising Avon Pension Fund, she is currently a non-executive director at the Pension Protection Fund. Martin is a former partner at Mercer and vice-chair of the professionalism committee at the International Actuarial Association, while Mayes has worked at Unilever and is set to join the non-executive board of an NHS Trust in England.

UMRCharles Vaquier, chief executive at the €10.2bn French pension fund, is to step down at the end of March. Vaquier, who has served as chief executive at UMR since December 2002, will leave the pension fund on 31 March and start a new part-time role as an associate for an actuarial consultancy in Paris.

SkanskaJonas Granholm, group pension manager at Skanska, and Gustav Lundeborg, managing director of the Swedish group’s pension foundation, are teaming up with former Skanska CFO Hans Biörck to launch a hedge fund. Granholm, who will serve as chief executive, hopes to be able to launch the fund, Crescit, with close to SEK800m (€93m) in assets under management, by the end of the first quarter.

Handelsbanken LivGöran Holgerson left his role as chief executive at the start of the year. He has been replaced by Lennart Söderberg, of Handelsbanken Capital Markets, on an interim basis until a permanent replacement can be found. Holgerson is staying with Handelbanken, the financial services conglomerate, where he will be responsible for coordinating the company’s digital services.

HendersonPaul O’Connor has been appointed director of multi-asset. He joins from Mercer Investment Consulting, where he was partner and head of asset allocation in the EMEA sector. Before then, he spent 14 years at Credit Suisse as a strategist and proprietary trader.

Carmignac GestionEdward Cole has been appointed as an analyst for the EMEA region. He joins from Finisterre Capital, where he co-managed emerging markets funds. Before then, he worked at Ashmore Group and JP Morgan Securities. Meanwhile, Pierre Verlé has been hired as a credit analyst. He joins from Butler Investment Managers, where he was co-manager of the distressed debt fund.

MirovaJens Peers has been appointed CIO of sustainable equities at the responsible investment division of Natixis Asset Management. He joins from Kleinwort Benson Investors in Dublin, where he was head of environmental management portfolio strategies.

EIRISGary Kay has been appointed head of sales and client services. Kay, who will have responsibility for new business and account management, has a background in sales and business development, having previously worked at Aegon and Barclays.

Meriten Investment Management – BNY Mellon’s Germany-based investment manager has appointed Holger Fahrinkrug as chief economist. Fahrinkrug joins Meriten from Portigon/WestLB AG, where he was chief economist and head of research.

CQSSoraya Chabarek has been appointed head of European sales. She joins from Moore Capital Management, where she was head of marketing for emerging macro strategies in London.