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European Commission pensions unit, Dutch Financial Markets Authority (AFM), Goldman Sachs Asset Management, BlackRock, Amundi, Credit Suisse, Insight Investment, Aon Hewitt, BMO Global Asset Management, AEW Europe, GE Capital Real Estate, Allianz Real Estate, Macquarie Investment Management, Invesco Asset Management, Xafinity, Mercer

European Commission pensions unitJung-Duk Lichtenberger, co-author of the White Paper on Pensions, is to leave the European Commission’s insurance and pensions unit after seven years. He will remain within the Directorate-General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, overseen by commissioner Jonathan Hill, but take over the currently vacant post of deputy head of the Capital Markets Union unit. Lichtenberger will move to the unit responsible for the development of the CMU next week.

Dutch Financial Markets Authority (AFM)Paul Rosenmöller has been appointed chairman of the RvT, or supervisory board, at communications watchdog AFM. He succeeds George Möller, former chief executive at asset manager Robeco, who stepped down at the end of last year. Rosenmöller is chairman of the VO Council, the lobbying organisation for higher education. He has also been an MP for the GroenLinks party for 13 years and has chaired several parliamentary select committees. Annemarie van Gaal, Rob Becker and Bart Koolstra have also been appointed RvT members, following nominations “based on diversity in knowledge and experience” in financial, legal and social fields. The new members replace Joop Feilzer, Maarten Schönfeld and Henriëtte Prast. Acting chair Diana van Everdingen is to remain as vice-chair.

Goldman Sachs Asset ManagementRutger Maenen has been appointed as an executive director on the Benelux institutional team. Van Maenen has been a director at BlackRock for seven years, covering Dutch pension funds and insurance companies. He is a certified European financial analyst. At GSAM, he will be working with Benelux institutional clients. He has also been tasked with business development and client-servicing efforts.

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AmundiTove Bångstad has been appointed head of Nordic clients, responsible for growing business and client relationships in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. She joins from Credit Suisse, where she was responsible for asset management distribution in the Nordics. Before then, she was head of Aviva Investors Nordics and head of mutual funds and institutions at SEB.

Insight InvestmentJohn Rushen has been appointed head of institutional for the EMEA. Based in London, he joins from Aon Hewitt, where he was head of EMEA investment services. Before then, the held senior positions at BlackRock and Mercer.

BMO Global Asset ManagementDavid Sloper has been appointed head of product management for the EMEA asset management business. Sloper has 30 years’ investment and fixed income experience, over half of which has been at the Bank of Montreal. Most recently, he was responsible for managing the integration of F&C Investments and BMO Global Asset Management.

AEW Europe – The company has expanded its European asset management team with two senior hires. Jean-Philippe Gaudin, based in Paris, has been appointed head of asset management. He joins from GE Capital Real Estate France, where he held a similar position. Thomas Leinberger has been appointed director of asset management at AEW Europe’s new Frankfurt office. He joins from Allianz Real Estate, where he was investment manager of indirect investments for the global CIO team.

Macquarie Investment ManagementPeter Douvos has been appointed head of EMEA consultant relations. He joins from Invesco Asset Management, where he was responsible for consultant relations. Before then, he held sales roles at UBS Global Asset Management (UK), Standard Bank (South Africa) and Fedsure Life (South Africa).

XafinityJonathan Bernstein has been appointed to the senior management team. He joins from Mercer, where he was a senior partner, serving as chief actuary.

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