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Groupama Asset Management, UK National Infrastructure Commission, Allianz Global Investors, Pictet Asset Management, CERA Global Association, Pensioenregister

Groupama Asset ManagementJean-Marie Catala has been appointed managing director as part of an organisational restructuring. In the role, he will have new responsibilities including taking charge of the legal, audit and risk functions, as well as development activities. Catala joined as head of business development in 2001. Gaëlle Malléjac has been appointed to lead active investment management, one of two separate departments created out of the asset management department. Her remit will include fixed income, equities, convertible bonds, dynamic asset allocation, directional multi-manager investment and financial engineering. Malléjac has been at Groupama AM since 1994, and a director since 2012. Meanwhile, Claire Bourgeois has been appointed to head up the other new asset management department, ALM investments. Thierry Goudin, who came to Groupama AM in 2008 as a director to head up marketing, is now taking charge of the business development department. Antoine de Salins, who was deputy chief executive and CIO at Groupama AM, left the role in September.

UK National Infrastructure Commission – The UK government has named its commissioners for the new body. Michael Heseltine, a former deputy prime minister, and John Armitt, the former chair of the Olympic Delivery Authority, have been appointed as commissioners, along with Tim Besley, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. Demis Hassabis and Sadie Morgan, as well as Bridget Rosewell and Paul Ruddock, have also joined.

Allianz Global InvestorsElizabeth Corley is to step down as chief executive after four years in the role. Corley, who led AGI’s European business prior to taking over as head, will become a non-executive vice-chair – a new role for the company – in April 2016. AGI co-chief executive and global CIO Andreas Utermann will succeed her. George McKay, the current global COO, who joined in 2006 from Mellon Bank, has been promoted to co-chief executive alongside Utermann.

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Pictet Asset ManagementChristoph Lanter, global head of institutional business, is to retire next year, IPE understands. A spokeswoman confirmed to IPE Lanter would be retiring in “early” 2016 but could not provide any details of plans to replace him. She also declined to comment on whether Lanter’s replacement would be based in the UK or Switzerland.

CERA Global Association – Dutch actuary Ron Hersmis has been appointed chairman of the board of the Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary (CERA) Global Association. He succeeds Frank Sabatini, who had been at the helm for the past three years. Hersmis has been a board member of the organisation since it was established in 2009. He is senior financial risk manager at Deloitte Netherlands and also chairs the international committee of the Dutch Actuarial Society.

Dutch PensioenregisterJosine Westerbeek-Huiting has been appointed chair of the Dutch Pensioenregister, the tracking system for pension rights. From 1 November, Westerbeek is to succeed Francine Giskes, who has been appointed a member of the Dutch national audit office (Algemene Rekenkamer). Over the last seven years, Westerbeek has been chair at charity Stichting Wilde Ganzen. Before then, she was vice-chair and trustee at the union federation CNV.

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