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Wednesday people roundup [updated]

BMO GAM, Insight Investments, Mercer, Aberdeen, Forum Pour L’Investment Responsible, Hermes, Tikehau Capital, NN Investment Partners, Schroders, MSCI, Mirabaud, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Pioneer, Allianz GI, City Noble, Arabesque

BMO Global Asset ManagementAndrew Jones, Richard Ferris and Laura Gray have been appointed to the institutional client management team for the asset manager formerly known as F&C. Jones and Ferris join as directors for consultant relations and client relations, respectively. Jones comes from Insight Investments, while Ferris joins from Mercer’s fiduciary management business. Gray comes in as a client manager in the institutional distribution business and joins from Aberdeen Asset Management. 

Forum Pour L’Investment ResponsibleThierry Philipponnat has been appointed chairman of the French responsible investment organisation after a vote on 16 June. Pacale Sagniier of AXA Investment Managers, Philippe Dutertre from AG2R La Mondiale and Hervé Guez from Mirova have been appointed vice-presidents. Eight investment managers also renewed their membership to the organisation, with the board made up of 12 members.

Hermes Investment ManagementPatrick Marshall is set to become head of private debt and CLOs at the UK asset manager, as it looks to move into the private lending market. Marshall joins from Tikehau Capital, where he was responsible for the direct lending business in London, and setting up a CLO programme.

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NN Investment PartnersIvan Nikolov has joined as a senior portfolio manager on the Dutch asset manager’s convertible bonds (CB) team. Nikolov will work in the London office and is to report to Tarek Saber, head of CB strategies. He is to focus on supporting the NN Global Opportunities Fund. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management.

SchrodersAshley Lester is to join the UK asset manager as its global head of research within the multi-asset and portfolio solutions business. He comes across from MSCI, where he was head of fixed income and multi-asset research. Before then, he was head of market risk research at Morgan Stanley. He will join the business in New York and report to Nico Marasi.

Mercer – Martine Ferland, currently leader of the retirement business in the Europe-Pacific region, has been promoted to president of EuroPac. She succeeds Simon O’Regan, who has been named the firm’s president of North America. Ferland joined Mercer in 2011 from Towers Watson, where she was retirement business leader for Canada, and spent over a decade at Towers Perrin. 

Mirabaud Asset ManagementPaul Schibli has been appointed as a senior portfolio manager for Swiss equities after leaving Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, where he was head of the Swiss equities team. Schibli will work alongside Patrick Huber across a range of funds and stock-picking business lines.

Pioneer InvestmentsAngel Márquez has been hired as an institutional senior sales manager in Switzerland. Márquez will report to Switzerland head Rainer Lenzin and joins the French asset manager from Allianz Global Investors, where he was responsible for institutional and consultant business development.

City NobleBirgitta Bostrom has been appointed as an associate at the consultancy to help grow its advisory business. She moves over from Schroders, the asset manager, where she managed a team of fixed income product managers and executives.

Arabesque PartnersRobert Eccles has been appointed chairman of the asset management firm, formerly part of Barclays Bank. Eccles is currently professor at Harvard Business School and is known for his work on sustainable investing and ESG research. Eccles was founding chair of the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board and a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

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