PFA, BlueOrchard, Waypoint Capita, Ocorian, Mirabaud, Wave Financial Group

PFA — Danish commercial mutual pensions giant PFA announced the appointment of two new deputy chairs to its board of directors – Peder Hasslev and Per Tønnesen – at the company’s annual general meeting on 12 March. Torben Dalby Larsen was re-elected as chair. The pensions firm said Hasslev, who is chief executive officer of Swedish state venture capital fund Saminvest, is replacing Niels-Ulrik Mousten, who will continue as chair of the board’s audit committee.

Tønnesen, chair of the board of directors of Danish trade union HK Handel, is replacing Lasse Grønbech in the deputy chair role at PFA, who was not renominated. PFA’s rules stipulate that four of its 10 board members must have special skills in significant business areas, and Hasslev is one of these, being a board member with special investment skills.

BlueOrchard – The global impact investment manager and member of the Schroders group has appointed Philipp Müller as its new CEO as of 1 April 2020, subject to regulatory approval. Müller, currently the head of investment solutions at BlueOrchard, will succeed Patrick Scheurle who has made a significant contribution to the business success of BlueOrchard and has decided to resign from his position to pursue new entrepreneurial challenges.

Maria Teresa Zappia, who has been with BlueOrchard since 2008 in various senior positions, will become deputy CEO. Additionally, Daniel Perroud, global head of business development, will strengthen BlueOrchard’s executive management team with his comprehensive industry expertise, subject to regulatory approval.

Waypoint Capita – The firm has appointed Cyrus Jilla to its senior leadership team. He will contribute to growing Waypoint’s asset management businesses, with a particular focus on Northill Capital, where he will become the CEO. In that capacity, he will seek to grow the underlying Northill investments and add additional managers to its portfolio while completing the integration of the Northill platform within the Waypoint group as a whole.

Until recently Jilla was a president at Fidelity International Limited (FIL), the parent of the global asset management business, where he had primary responsibility for FIL’s proprietary investments, reporting directly to the chair.

Ocorian –  Abigail Holladay has been appointed director of transaction management at Ocorian, a provider of corporate and fiduciary services, fund administration and capital markets. She will manage restructuring transactions across Europe and is based in Ocorian’s London office.

Holladay has more than 25 years of capital markets experience, including senior level roles at Law Debenture and Deutsche Bank.

Mirabaud Asset Management – The firm has expanded its distribution team by appointing Francesco Genovese as head of sales for the Swiss and Middle East Market. Joining this week, he brings extensive experience in growing and servicing key client relationships.

Genovese previously worked as global head of asset management at Reyl & Cie. Prior to this, he worked at Pictet Group during 17 years in various business development functions for its asset management and trading divisions covering institutional and B2B investors in Switzerland, Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

Wave Financial Group – The digital asset management firm has hired Matteo Dante Perruccio to fill the newly created role of president international, based in London. Perruccio has held various positions over a 30-year career in investment management, including CEO of Pioneer Investments SGR, CEO and founder of Hermes BPK Partners, and global head of key accounts and strategic relationships at FTSE-listed Jupiter Asset Management.