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Mercer, Swiss OAK, ABP, ABN AMRO, Health Foundation, Aberdeen Asset Management, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, London Pensions Fund Authority/Lancashire, PFA, Redington, Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions, Sociéte Générale, Tages Capital, Mariana Investment Partners, Schroders, Towers Watson, Aegon AM, Citibank, Cardano, LCP, Pacific Life Re, ARC Pensions Law

MercerThe consultancy has hired the head of risk management at Switzerland’s pension supervisor to lead its local retirement business. André Tapernoux, currently head of the risk management department at the Oberaufsichtskommission Berufliche Vorsorge (OAK), will start his new role at Mercer in February next year. Tapernoux joined OAK, established in 2011, in July 2012. His new role will mark a return to Mercer, where Tapernoux worked as an actuary for nearly nine years, starting in late 2003.

ABP – The €353bn Dutch civil service scheme has appointed Geraldine Leegwater to the board, following a nomination by union CMHF. Leegwater is chief executive at the pension fund of ABN AMRO, having served as CIO at the scheme for 10 years. She succeeds René van de Kieft, appointed chief executive at MN, the €110bn asset manager for the large metal schemes PME and PMT. Leegwater, who is also chair of the Pension Federation’s committee for risk advice, is to remain in her job at the ABN AMRO scheme. Her board membership at ABP is part time.

The Health FoundationAidan Kearney has been appointed CIO by UK independent charity the Health Foundation, replacing Andrew Chapman. Kearney was previously fund-of-funds manager at Aberdeen Asset Management. He left Aberdeen last year after the company bought Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and merged the two ranges of funds-of-funds. Chapman, who had previously been pension investment manager at the John Lewis Partnership, was CIO at the Health Foundation from June 2012.

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Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (Deutsche AWM) – Stefan Kreuzkamp has been appointed CIO and head of investment management and a member of the Global Executive Committee. The appointment follows the transition of Asoka Wöhrmann, CIO, to head of retail banking at Deutsche Bank’s Private & Business Clients division. Kreuzkamp joined Deutsche AWM in 1998, initially working in money markets and later in fixed income fund management. As regional CIO for the EMEA, he oversees equities, fixed income and multi-asset.

London Pensions Fund Authority/Lancashire – The £10.5bn (€14.8bn) pooling vehicle set up by the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) and Lancashire has hired former pensions regulator chairman Michael O’Higgins as its inaugural chair. The London and Lancashire Pensions Partnership, agreed by the local authority funds in July, also said David Borrow, the deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, and Skip McMullan, currently a board member for the LPFA, would join the venture’s board.

PFAThe director for group communication and public affairs, Morten Jeppesen, has quit suddenly after talks with the group’s chief executive ended in a disagreement. Allan Polack, chief executive at PFA, said he had been in talks with Jeppesen about his future role at the company. “We were not able to agree about that, and so we reached an agreement that means Morten has resigned with immediate effect,” he said. 

RedingtonLydia Fearn has been appointed to the newly created role of head of DC and Financial Well-being. She joins from Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions, where she led investment advice to pension scheme trustees and sponsors. Before then, she worked at Lane Clark & Peacock and Aon Hewitt, where she specialised in investment strategy and advice.

Sociéte GénéraleRoel van de Wiel has joined Société Générale Securities Services as commercial director for the Nordics and the Netherlands. From the office in Amsterdam, he is to head a team tasked with expanding business in the Netherlands and Northern Europe. Van de Wiel has served as business development executive at State Street Bank and Trust Company. Before then, he was senior sales manager at JP Morgan Worldwide Securities Services.

Tages CapitalJamie Kermisch has been appointed chief executive. Kermisch is the former chief executive of Mariana Investment Partners and was previously group managing director at Fauchier Partners, an institutional fund-of-hedge-fund asset manager. Before then, he spent 20 years at several investment banks, including 10 years as a managing director at Morgan Stanley. 

SchrodersAndrew Lim joins the Multi-Asset Portfolio Solutions team, focusing specifically on liability risk. He joins from Towers Watson, where he worked for seven years as an investment consultant in the Structured Products team. Tara Jameson joins as solutions manager focusing on growth risk management, transferring internally from the UK institutional distribution team. 

Aegon AMSander van der Wel has been appointed head of institutional clients at Aegon Asset Management. He is to advise insurers on asset management solutions and assist them in gearing their investment portfolios to future liabilities. Over the last five years, he has served as director of fixed income sales at Citibank.

Cardano – The fiduciary manager, risk manager and investment adviser has appointed Patrick Luthi as CFO. He joins from Goldman Sachs in London, where he was managing director of the Securities Division for 19 years. Most recently, he served as COO of the Global FX Division

LCPMurray Blake has been appointed as a consultant to the pension de-risking practice. He joins from Pacific Life Re, where he structured and implemented longevity reinsurance solutions. Before then, he worked as a consultant at Towers Watson and was a member of the longevity research group. 

ARC Pensions Law – The pensions law firm has appointed Kevin LeGrand as a consultant to work on a client-related project. LeGrand, who is president of the Pensions Management Institute and a former principal and head of pensions policy at Buck Consultants, joins ARC part-time.

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