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UK National Employment Savings Trust, ABP, Kempen Capital Management, PGGM Investments, KAS Bank, Allianz Global Investors, National Association of Pension Funds, Cronje & Yiannas Actuaries and Consultants, ICAP, Standard Bank Group

UK National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) – NEST will appoint its head of product and marketing as chief executive after Tim Jones steps down later this year. Helen Dean will take on her new responsibilities in the autumn. Dean, currently an executive director, becomes NEST’s second chief executive. She was initially seconded from central government to the provider while it was still called the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority, before the official rollout of auto-enrolment.

ABP – The €373bn Dutch civil service pension fund has appointed Michael Damm as a trustee, nominated by the pensioners on its accountability body. Damm is professor of risk management at South Africa’s North West University. He has been an independent adviser for risk and asset management since 2012. Between 2002 and 2012, Damm was CIO at VermogensGroep. ABP’s board will now comprise chair Corien Wortmann-Kool and the employers’ representatives Cees de Veer, Mariette Doornekamp, Carel van Eykelenburg, Erik van Houwelingen and Joop van Lunteren. José Meijer and Willem Jelle Berg are on the board on behalf the workers, while Michael Damm, Conchita Mulder-Volkers and Xander den Uyl represent ABP’s pensioners.

Kempen Capital ManagementRoul Haerden has been appointed to the multi management team, responsible for external manager selection and monitoring activities within fixed income. He joins from PGGM Investments, where he has held a similar position in the external manager selection team of PGGM External Segregated Mandates since April 2013. Before then, he was responsible for external manager selection at Doctors Pension Fund Services. He started his career in 2000 at APG Investments, where he was a research analyst.

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KAS Bank – The custodian bank has appointed Joost Melis as programme director for the further development of a central platform for assets and fund administration for institutional investors in the Netherlands. Joost’s responsibility is to increase the number of participants on this platform to reduce administration and operating costs through economies of scale. Before joining KAS, Joost worked at Delta Lloyd Bank Group for seven years. He has also worked at AEGON, ASR and SNS Reaal.

Allianz Global InvestorsIain Cowell has been appointed head of Solutions for UK and Ireland. He joins from the UK National Association of Pension Funds, where he was head of investment affairs. Before then, he was managing director at BNY Mellon and a director at Hermes Investment Management.

Cronje & Yiannas Actuaries and Consultants – The Cyprus-based actuarial consulting firm, set up by Stephan Cronje and Marios Yiannas in 2011, has expanded its consulting team by adding Stephanos Hadjistyllis. Hadjistyllis is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Actuaries and previously worked for P-Solve and Punter Southall in London, where he trained as a consulting actuary, advising pension funds on actuarial valuations and investment matters.

ICAP – The markets operator and provider of post-trade risk mitigation and information services has appointed Jenny Knott as chief executive of Post Trade Risk and Information Services. She joins from African financial services group Standard Bank Group, where she was chief executive of Standard Bank and CIB International.

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