AP Pension, Velliv, AkademikerPension, Robeco, Pemberton, AllianceBernstein, Charles Stanley, Value Partners Group, Zurich, Premier Miton

AP Pension/Velliv/AkademikerPension – Sandra Metoyer, head of responsible investments, and Anders Bang, head of alternative investments at AP Pension are both leaving the Danish commercial mutual pension provider.

Metoyer is taking up the same role at competitor Velliv, and is being replaced at AP Pension by Anna Maria Fibla Møller, who is joining the firm from her most recent role as senior ESG manager at pension fund P+. Møller also previously worked as ESG manager at MP Pension – another Danish pension fund, which is now called AkademikerPension. She is due to start work in her new role from 1 March.

Meanwhile, Bang is leaving AP Pension to take up the same role at AkademikerPension, where he is set to start working from 1 April.

Robeco – Ivo Frielink  has been appointed as head of strategic product and business development and member of Robeco’s executive committee.

Frielink is currently regional business manager APAC at Robeco Hong Kong. In his new role he will be responsible for further aligning Robeco’s product offering with its key commercial priorities and focus, as well as adding capabilities that complement the company’s current offering and drive the firm’s strategic agenda.

Frielink started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000 and moved to Robeco in 2005, where he held different roles including corporate development. At the end of 2017, he moved to NN Investment Partners, where he served as head of product development and market intelligence. After just over two years, he returned to Robeco, where he was appointed regional business manager for APAC at Robeco Hong Kong.

Pemberton – Rob Reynolds has been appointed to head the asset manager’s new collateralised loan obligation (CLO) platform. Reynolds was previously a partner at Spire Partners and before that held senior positions at 3i Debt Management and Resource Europe Management.

Pending regulatory approval, Pemerbton’s new strategy will offer investors access to broadly syndicated loans to suit their investment strategies and allocation needs.

Symon Drake-Brockman, managing partner at Pemberton, said: “From conversations with long-running investors and significant research of the market, it is clear to us that launching a CLO strategy is a natural next step in the evolution of Pemberton. Rob has all of the right experience and drive to help build a leading CLO business, helping us shape the next generation of alternative credit products.”

AllianceBernstein – Patrick Groenendijk has joined AllianceBernstein as head of Benelux institutional clients. He joins from PGGM where he was head of fiduciary advice since 2019, presiding over the asset management advice given to PGGM’s main client PFZW.

Groenendijk served as the CIO of Pensioenfonds Vervoer, the fund for the transport sector, between 2005 and 2014. Between 2014 and 2019 he worked for Northern Trust Asset Management and Shell Asset Management Company.

Charles Stanley Fiduciary Management – Jeremy Martyn Spira joins from Kempen Capital Management as senior portfolio manager. He will report directly to Bob Campion, head of fiduciary management, working alongside the team to design and implement fiduciary investment strategies, focusing on modelling de-risking flight plans, the design and execution of liability-hedging strategies and implementing growth portfolios.

Before his time at Kempen, Martyn Spira held consultant and research roles at Willis Towers Watson and Mercer.

Zurich Insurance Group – Stephan Van Vliet, chief investment officer at Prudential Corporation Asia, will take over the position of CIO at Zurich Insurance in Switzerland, IPE understands.

Last year Urban Angehrn, Zurich’s CIO, resigned to become CIO at the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). Peter Giger, at the time chief risk officer and member of Zurich’s executive committee, took over additional responsibilities as the group CIO on an interim basis.

According to reports, Van Vilet took a sabbatical year after leaving Prudential to spend time in his home country, the Netherlands. He was appointed CIO at Prudential in 2017, moving from Pinebridge Investments.

Premier Miton Investors – The company has appointed Chris Hamer as head of business development – institutional as it aims to build a presence in the institutional market.

Hamer was previously head of consultant relations EMEA at BNY Mellon Investment Management and has also held institutional roles at Columbia Threadneedle and AllianceBernstein.

Premier Miton is currently a UK wholesale-focused asset management business, with £13.9bn of assets under management. It considers that its active investment platform gives it the opportunity to develop a strong footprint in the institutional market. 

“This is a strategically important move for our firm,” said Mike O’Shea, CEO of Premier Miton. “Premier Miton has a very strong reputation and client base in the wholesale market and this remains a bedrock of the company. We now look forward to also bringing our key strengths of investment excellence, active management and acting responsibly to the institutional market.”

Value Partners Group  – David Wong  has joined the firm as managing director, chief risk officer, at Value Partners Group.

As chief risk officer, Wong is responsible for managing and overseeing the overall risk management function across the firm’s Hong Kong headquarters and overseas offices. He will also provide leadership in enterprise risk management of the group. Based in Hong Kong, he reports to the group’s president, June Wong.

David Wong brings with him a wealth of experience, having spent more than 20 years in the asset management and banking industry. He has extensive knowledge in audit and risk governance, and has worked in both regional and country roles in Hong Kong and Japan.

He was formerly managing director and regional head of internal audit for Asia Pacific at Blackrock, where he oversaw the firm’s internal auditing at both global and regional levels. Before that, he spent nine years with HSBC, where he assumed risk oversight responsibilities within the group.

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