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Rijn- en Binnenvaart, Montae, RobecoSAM, Vescore, Invesco, Deutsche Asset Management, Schroders, GastroSocial, Held, NEST, PPF, PKA, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, BT Pension Scheme, Asset Management One International, JP Morgan Asset Management, Aries Insight, Kier, Mayer Brown, Deutsche Bank, Kempen Capital Management, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie

Rijn- en Binnenvaart – The €795m sector-wide pension fund for Rhine and inland shipping has named Inge Bakker as director, succeeding Rein Godding. Bakker will execute her job from pensions adviser Montae, where she has worked during the past four years. Montae also provides board support for the pension fund. Previously, Bakker was a board member of the €8.1bn pension fund TNT, which later became PostNL, as well as negotiator for collective labour agreements for union CNV.

RobecoSAMMarius Dorfmeister has been appointed global head of clients, as well as a member of the executive committee at RobecoSAM, Robeco’s €10.2bn and Zurich-based asset management subsidiary for sustainable investment. Previously, Dorfmeister worked as head of clients at Swiss asset manager Vescore, Swiss private bank Notenstein La Roche and Bank Sarasin & Cie.

InvescoErwin Heenk has been named senior institutional marketing manager for the Benelux and the Nordic countries. He joins from Deutsche Asset Management, where he was marketing manager for the Benelux. Prior to this, he held various marketing positions at asset managers Nationale-Nederlanden, BNP Paribas and Delta Lloyd.

SchrodersAndreas Markwalder has been appointed country head of Switzerland. He joins from GastroSocial, the largest Swiss pensions fund in terms of members, with CHF6.3bn (€5.9bn) in assets. Before becoming chief executive, he was head of investments for 13 years. He also sits on a range of boards of investment funds and is the founder of the AFIAA, a global property fund with more than 40 Swiss pension funds invested.

Held – Pension lawyers Teun Huijg, Mark Heemskerk and Maarten Minnaard are to launch a “boutique” law firm named Held. Huijg joins from law firm Stibbe, while Heemskerk and Minnaard worked at Onno F. Blom Advocaten and Houthoff Buruma, respectively. Huijg has been involved in the dispute between KLM and its pilots on indexation, as well as the set up of two general pension funds (APFs). Heemskerk has been Prof of pensions law at Radboud University in Nijmegen since 2012 and specialises in equal treatment, the scope of law and the right of say. Minnaard focuses on insurance contracts and fiscal matters and has advised in many collective value transfers to insurers and pension funds.

National Employment Savings Trust – NEST has hired John St Hill as deputy CIO in a newly created role. St Hill joins from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), where he was a senior portfolio manager. He left the UK’s lifeboat fund for defined benefit schemes in October last year. At NEST, he will be reporting to CIO Mark Fawcett.

IIGCCPeter Damgaard Jensen, the chief executive of Danish pension fund manager PKA, has succeeded Donald Macdonald as chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). Macdonald is also retiring as a trustee director of the £46bn (€56bn) BT Pension Scheme in the UK, a role he held for 19 years.

Asset Management One International – The London-based subsidiary of Asian asset manager Asset Management One has appointed Yasuko Sato as a product specialist. Sato joins the London Business Development Team with responsibility for supporting clients and further promoting Asset Management One’s capabilities across the EMEA. She joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where she was a client portfolio manager.

Aries Insight – The pensions legislation specialist has appointed Laura Kerr as a pensions technical consultant. She joins from Kier (formerly Mouchel), where she worked as a pensions technician, responsible for analysing regulation.

Mayer BrownDuncan Watson has been appointed as a senior associate on the pensions investment team. He joins from Deutsche Bank, where he was vice-president and senior counsel in the asset management division.

Kempen Capital ManagementBen Kramer has been appointed head of the pension fund and insurance company “industry vertical”. Kramer has worked at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie and BMO Global Asset Management.

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