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People moves: MN investment chief to exit for Goldman

MN, GSAM, Vækstfonden, State Street, Ontario Teachers’, Dalriada Trustees, Insight Investment, Gresham House, Osmosis IM, GRI, Swiss Life Asset Managers

Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)Gerald Cartigny is set to leave MN, the €135bn asset manager for Dutch sector pension schemes PMT and PME, to become head of GSAM’s client business in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as of the beginning of October.

Cartigny will have spent seven years at MN, becoming its chief investment officer in 2014. In a statement about his time at MN, Cartigny highlighted the manager’s work on socially responsible investing, saying that this had been fully integrated into the investment approach and that MN was “internationally recognised as a leader in ESG integration”.

At MN Cartigny also oversaw the merger of its individual asset management and fiduciary management groups into a single unit.  

Before MN, Cartigny worked in various investment roles at ABN AMRO Asset Management. He currently also serves as a board member of DUFAS, the Dutch fund association, and as vice chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.  


Vækstfonden — The DKK9.6bn (€1.3bn) Danish Growth Fund has appointed Rolf Kjærgaard as its new chief executive. He was previously the state financing fund’s CIO and, as of 2 July, has replaced its most recent chief executive Christian Motzfeldt, who announced in February he wanted to step down after working for the fund for 18 years.

Kjærgaard has worked at Vækstfonden for almost 18 years, as CIO for the last four. Prior to this, his professional roles included that of national expert for the EU Commission and special consultant for the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.


State Street CorporationJörg Ambrosius has been promoted to head of the asset manager’s UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa business, succeeding Liz Nolan, who earlier this year became head of State Street’s global delivery team. Ambrosius was most recently co-head of State Street’s global services business in EMEA and head of its global sovereign wealth servicing business. In his new role he will also serve on the asset manager’s management committee. 


Ontario Teachers Pension Plan – Jo Taylor has been named the Canadian pension fund’s new president and CEO, effective 1 January next year. Currently executive managing director, global development, he will succeed Ron Mock, who retires at the end of 2019 after almost two decades at the now $191bn (€167bn) pension fund.

Taylor joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2012, and in his current role is responsible for overseeing the investment teams operating in its international offices, setting strategy, and reviewing investment proposals, among other tasks.


Dalriada Trustees – Judith Fish, formerly head of pension risk at Santander UK, has joined the firm as a professional trustee. Fish left Santander at the end of June and has previously also worked at HSBC Actuaries and Consultants, which was acquired by JLT, and Deloitte. She has more than 25 years of experience in pensions, serving as a trustee, scheme actuary, corporate adviser and employer.


Insight Investment  – Andrew Stephens is the asset manager’s new head of distribution for EMEA. He joined from BlackRock, where he spent 19 years, most recently as head of UK institutional client business.


Gresham House – The specialist alternative asset manager has hired Catriona Buckley as institutional business development director. She joined from Fidelity International, where she was responsible for manager research and field consultant engagement with global and domestic investment consultants in the UK, and for direct client relationships in Ireland. Before joining Fidelity she was client director at Pioneer Investments, now Amundi.  


Osmosis Investment Management – The sustainable investment specialist has announced three new appointments, including Anthony Chisnall as product distribution manager and Susan Hunnisett as a new member of the investor relations team, with a focus on European business development. Chisnall’s previous roles include head of marketing and investor relations for Gulf International Bank Asset Management while Hunnisett worked for European equities specialist SW Mitchell Capital before joining Osmosis.


Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) –  An organisation providing a framework for sustainability reporting, GRI has recruited Marco van der Ree for the new position of chief development officer, which he will take up on 15 July. According to the GRI, he will lead work to diversify and implement the organisation’s fundraising strategy and oversee outreach to institutional, foundation and public donors. Van der Ree was previously director for  business development and fundraising for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Climate Knowledge Innovation Community


Swiss Life Asset Managers Nelufer Ansari has been named head of ESG, a new role in which she will be responsible for extending the company’s sustainable investment approach to all asset classes and countries in which it operates. She will assume the task in her role as head of strategic and special tasks, which she has held since March, and will also be responsible for developing a cross-border ESG strategy spanning all products for the manager. Ansari started her career at BEOS, which has been part of Swiss Life Asset Managers since 2018.  

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