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HSBC Global Asset Management, BNY Mellon Investment Management, Ilmarinen, Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Aviva Investors, Cushman & Wakefield, Axioma, S&P, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, DTZ Investors

HSBC Global Asset Management – Adrian Gordon joins the asset manager in London as head of UK institutional, reporting to chief executive Andy Clark. He replaces Stuart White, who, after five years in the position, has moved internally to become head of strategy and a member of the leadership team and global executive management committee. Gordon joins from BNY Mellon Investment Management, where he led the institutional business. He has also held senior roles at OppenheimerFunds and Barclays Global Investors, before it became BlackRock.

IlmarinenMikko Helander has been elected chairman of the Finnish pension mutual’s board. The chief executive of local retailer Kesko succeeds Jussi Pesonen, who retired at the end of 2015. Lauri Lyly and Jyri Häkämies will continue as vice-chairs of the board, while Pekka Vauramo, chief executive of Finnair, and Minna Korkeaoja, chief financial officer of energy firm Pohjolan Voima join the board.

Financial Stability Board – Christian Thimann, group head of strategy, sustainability and public affairs at AXA Group, has been appointed one of four vice chairs of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Other members of the 22-strong taskforce include: David Blood, senior partner, Generation Investment Management, Martin Skancke, chair of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Steve Waygood, chief responsible investment officer at Aviva Investors, Jane Ambachtsheer, global head of responsible investment at Mercer, and Deborah Winshel, manging director, global head of impact investing at BlackRock. The taskforce is chaired by Michael Bloomberg.

Axioma – William Morokoff has been appointed vice president, head of research at the risk management and portfolio construction service provider. Based in New York, the senior quantitative researcher joins from Standard & Poor’s, where he led the global quantitative analytics and research group since 2006.  Before S&P, Morokoff worked with Moody’s KMV, most recently as acting head of research.

Aviva Investors Isabel Sheppard has joined as an asset manager on the central London real estate team, a new role. She joins from Cushman & Wakefield, and reports to Neil McLeod, head of the central London asset management team at Aviva Investors.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real AssetsSteven Sewell has been appointed executive director of real estate in London. Sewell was previously managing director and chief executive of Australian shopping centre specialist Federation Centres (Vicinity Centres). He has also worked for Macquarie in the past, as chief executive of Macquarie CountryWide Trust.

DTZ InvestorsGregory Flash has been named senior investment manager in France. Flash, who founded Diverstone Real Estate, has also worked for Lloyds and Allen & Overy. DTZ Investors said Flash had previously managed a €600m pan-European property portfolio.

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