HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK), CNAVPL, aba, AMF, SPV, Union Investment, Darwin Alternatives, AFII, BNPP AM, WTW

HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) LimitedEmma Hunt has become head of responsible investment of HSBC Bank Pension Trust, the trustee of one of the UK’s largest corporate pension schemes, according to her LinkedIn profile. The role is a new one.

Hunt is a veteran of responsible investment. She was head of responsible investment EMEA at Mercer Investments from 2005-10 before becoming global head of sustainable and responsible investment at Willis Towers Watson, after which she worked as co-head of EOS at Hermes Investment Management from September 2015-May 2017. She had a one-year stint at St. James’ Place Wealth Management thereafter before setting herself up as an independent consultant.

She joined HSBC Bank Pension Trust this month from Impax Asset Management, where she had been senior director, client services.

CNAVPLPhilippe Berthelot has been elected secretary general of the Caisse nationale d’assurance vieillesse des professions libérales  (CNAVPL), a French entity federating 10 pension schemes for the so-called liberal professions, such as dentists, midwives, and architects. Berthelot is president of CAVP, which runs a funded pension scheme for independent pharmacists in France.

aba Cornelia Schmid has been appointed deputy managing director of the German pension fund association. She has been working for aba since 2003 and is responsible for aba’s work on Pensionsfonds and Pensionskassen, investment and ESG.

The association said that with Schmid as deputy managing director, it wanted to give these areas even more weight, above all also because these topics would continue to gain in importance in connection with social partner models.

“Schmid enjoys the highest professional and personal reputation, not only among the aba members, but also among our interlocutors in government, supervisors and industry at national and European level,” said aba chair Georg Thurnes. “Thanks to her professional expertise and great commitment, aba has become the go-to point of contact for all questions relating to IORPs, investment, and ESG.

”We are also pleased to be able to honour her almost 20 years of service to aba with her appointment as deputy managing director, and to provide aba managing director Klaus Stiefermann with a deputy again.”

AMF –  Fredrik Bergqvist  has been appointed as the new general counsel of Sweden’s second-largest commercial pension fund. He replaces former general counsel Per-Erik Karlsson, who is transferring to the role of strategic adviser ahead of his planned retirement this summer after 27 years at the firm, AMF said.

The firm said Bergqvist, currently head of its legal department, would also become part of its corporate management team. Prior to working for AMF, he worked as a compliance officer at Söderberg & Partners, and as legal counsellor for Sweden’s financial supervisory authority before that.

Bengt-Åke FagermanLaura Hartman and Anders Canemyr  have been appointed as new members of AMF’s supervisory board at the AGM on 7 April. Caroline af Ugglas, Ola Pettersson and Per Ljungberg have left the board, while all other members were re-elected, including chair Lars Wedenborn, AMF said. Fagerman, former chief executive officer of Skandia Bank, currently sits on a number of other supervisory boards including those of insurance agency AFA Försäkring and Bliwa Livförsäkring, of which he is chair.

Swedish Government Pension Board (SPV) – Lena Erixon, former director general of the government agency Swedish Transport Administration, has been appointed as the new chair of the supervisory board of SPV, Sweden’s pensions administrator for government employees. SPV said the government had decided Erixon would replace Mats Sjöstrand as its chair of the board, and said she would take up the role from 1 June.

Union Investment Sandra Hofer will take over from Astrid Joost-van der Spek as the asset manager’s head of international institutional clients business from 1 May 2022, covering selected markets in continental Europe as well as the UK and a number of Asian countries. She will continue to perform her function as a member of the board of managing directors of Union Investment Austria GmbH. Joost-van der Spek is leaving Union.

Darwin Alternatives – Jeff Munroe, a former chief investment officer at Newton Investment Management, has joined the firm as a strategic adviser, focussing on evaluating new opportunities within the private market sector that would provide suitable investments for long-term pension fund investors.

Darwin Alternatives offers innovative alternative investment solutions, including investments in UK holiday parks and bereavement services assets.

Munroe spent 28 years at Newton. He was CIO from 2001 to 2012 before taking on the role of investment leader in the global equities team and the lead portfolio manager for sustainable US equity strategies. He left the firm at the end of December 2021.

Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII) – The think tank founded by Ulf Erlandsson, a former portfolio manager at Sweden’s AP4, has appointed a head of market outreach, selecting Avril MacKenzie for the role. AFII said she brings a wealth of experience from the banking sector in the areas of institutional sales, marketing and business development including managing an impressive client portfolio of central banks, sovereign wealth funds and supranationals.

BNP Paribas Asset Management Olivier Laplénie has been named head of quantitative portfolio management, alongside his current role of head of quantitative fixed income. The asset manager said it was combining its two quantitative business lines under unified leadership in order to accelerate its growth in quantitative management and simplify its organisational structure.

Based in Paris, Laplénie will report to Denis Panel, head of multi-asset, quantitative and solutions (MAQS).

“Our MAQS platform has continued to grow since its creation in 2017, with our quantitative product offering developing significantly,” said Panel. ”The new organisational structure will improve the visibility of this strategic activity, enabling us to better leverage our strengths and grow assets.”

WTW – From 1 June Kilian Manz will become head of corporate risk and broking at WTW Switzerland, succeeding Peter Philipp in taking over the 35-strong team in Zurich. Manz is new to WTW, having previously worked as managing director, health solutions and before that as chief broking officer at Aon Risk Solutions AG, Switzerland.

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