FTN, Vidett, Barings, Nest, Barnett Waddingham, Aon, Astorg

Swedish Fund Selection Agency (FTN)Mats Dillén has been appointed as the new chair of the agency, which procures investment funds for Sweden’s reformed premium pension funds platform. He was picked by the government to succeed Mats Sjöstrand, who is stepping down on 31 July this year.

Dillén is currently chair of the Swedish Nuclear Waste Fund and a member of the Swedish Tax Agency’s board. He is a former director general of the National Institute of Economic Research, and has also been a ministerial adviser in Sweden’s government offices and a member of the Fiscal Policy Council.

Nest Sammelstiftung – The CHF4bn (€4.2bn) Swiss multi-employer pension scheme has appointed Gerold Borrmann as member of its management team, effective from 12 August.

Borrmann succeeds Thorsten Buchert, who is leaving the scheme after a 20-year stint. Other members of the management team include Christine Holstein and Diego Liechti.

BaringsPatrick O’Sullivan has been hired as head of international insurance solutions, a newly-created role, to expand the firm’s ability to deliver investment solutions to insurers across the globe.

In his new role, O’Sullivan will provide Barings’ insurance clients with a depth of technical expertise and support across insurance regulatory regimes to build long-term investment partnerships. He will collaborate closely with the portfolio analytics team and other investment teams to ensure Barings is providing clients with efficient asset allocations across public and private markets.

O’Sullivan will also be responsible for supporting clients on evolving regulatory requirements, reporting and other key industry issues. He joins Barings after six years with Schroders, where he was head of insurance solutions.

Vidett – The UK professional trustee and pension governance firm has expanded its UK team with several new hires.

Nick Prouvost joins as client director in Manchester and will help Vidett provide a range of professional trustee services to clients, including investment strategy and endgame execution and planning. He joins from PwC where he was a senior manager in the investment team working with schemes ranging in size from £50m to £500m.

In Scotland, Ian Shand joins as a manager to support Vidett’s professional trustees. He will focus on governance, pensions secretarial and project tasks and is also part of a team implementing The Pension Regulator’s general code requirements for clients. He has held several roles at Mercer, TDC, Dalriada Trustees, Barnett Waddingham and most recently, Broadstone.

Rose Taylor joins in London as an assistant manager, supporting client directors and managers with secretarial and governance tasks for a portfolio of clients. Prior to joining she spent almost 10 years at DHL.

In Reading, Christine Denys has been appointed as an accounts assistant to oversee the accounts payable function, managing and processing all supplier invoices, expenses, credit cards and outstanding debt. She joins from a start up in the retail industry called Situ Live.

Matt Hurshman at Aon

Matt Hurshman at Aon

Aon – The firm has appointed Matt Hurshman as an associate partner within its investment practice, based in Bristol. He will be focusing on developing Aon’s work with advising not-for-profit organisations on their investments.

Hurshman joins Aon from Barnett Waddingham, where he spent over eight years as an investment consultant, working with numerous charitable and non-profit clients to support them with their investment arrangements.

Barnett Waddingham (BW) – The independent UK professional services consultancy has appointed Nick Cooper as the new head of propositions for SIPP (self-invested personal pension).

BW sees SIPP as a key strategic growth area, and is making significant upfront investment in people, technology and service delivery to build its differentiated SIPP proposition.

Cooper’s appointment is the latest addition to the senior team. BW SIPP’s chief executive officer Simon Foster hired Neil Howitt as head of SIPP finance last September, and Adam Burwell joined the team as implementation manager earlier this year.

Cooper joins as head of SIPP proposition with extensive experience in the financial services industry. He has worked in the SIPP market for over 20 years and has developed propositions and managed third party relationships for Aviva, Zurich and Clerical Medical.

Astorg – A Pan-European private equity firm has strengthened its investment team with two senior hires

Chris Benson will join in early July as a partner for its mid-cap fund, leading the business services sector across Europe and having responsibility for coverage in the UK.

He joins in July and will be based in London. Benson brings over 17 years of professional experience, including 12 years at Advent International focused on European business and financial services.

Daniel Pang joins the healthcare team as a managing director for the firm’s flagship fund. He Joins in June and is based in New York. Pang has more than 17 years of experience working in M&A and private equity. He held the role of principal in the healthcare group at Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe.

These appointments reflect Astorg’s commitment to reinforcing its investment expertise and expanding its strategic reach in key sectors.

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