KPA Pension, ShareAction, Valida, AXA Investment Managers, Standard Life Investments

KPA PensionLars-Åke Vikberg, who has been chief executive of the Swedish pension provider since 2009, has announced his decision to step down. Vikberg will remain with until a successor is appointed. He will also step down as head collective pensions at KPA’s parent company Folksam.

ShareActionEmma Howard Boyd has been named chair-elect of the UK responsible investment charity. Boyd was formerly director of stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management and is currently a board member at the Environment Agency and 30% Club steering committee, the organisation pushing for increased female board representation at FTSE 100 companies. She is a past chair of UKSIF.

ValidaStefan Eberhartinger has been named chairman of Valida Vorsorge Management, succeeding Andreas Zakostelsky. Eberhartinger joined Valida after Siemens Pensionskasse was taken over by the firm in 2012. Zakistelsky has stepped down to focus on political matters, following his election to the Austrian lower house in 2013.

AXA Investment ManagersMonique Diaz has been named global head of compliance. Diaz will be based in Paris and report to Christian Gissler, global head of risks and controls.

Standard Life InvestmentsAlex Campbell and Marianne Froude have joined SLI’s infrastructure debt team as investment director and investment analyst, respectively. Campell joined in January from Assured Guaranty, where he spent six years as director, infrastructure. He has also worked at CIBC World Markets and ING Barings. For her part, Froude began her career at baking group ANZ, working in both its Sydney and London offices.