Velliv, Folksam, B&CE, Isio, MN, Meubel, Wilshire, Insight, Barnett Waddingham, Eastspring Investments, ESMA, Puro.earth, Carillon
Velliv – Henrik Henriksen, chief strategist, is leaving the Danish pension provider. He has been with the firm for three years, having worked for PFA as chief strategist for nearly 10 years prior to that.
Henriksen also previously worked as CIO for Reykjavík-headquartered Straumur Investment Bank (now called ALMC), and for AP Pension as an investment strategist.
“Now I’ve decided that the journey will go on to new destinations,” he wrote in a post on LinkedIn, adding: “So whether the future lies in a new similar job or in a more advisory role – for example on an advisory board or as a non-executive director – or something completely different, time will tell.”
Folksam – The Swedish pensions and insurance group has announced some changes to its management, saying this was “to create more focused areas of responsibility”.
Anna-Karin Laurell, head of the group’s life insurance business, will take over as unit manager for marketing and sales. She will replace Jens Wikström, who will in turn become the new head of Folksam’s general insurance business, according to the announcement.
Meanwhile Katrin Röcklinger, CEO of the pension fund Konsumentkooperationens pensionsstiftelse, will switch roles to head up Folksam’s life business, replacing Laurell, and will become a new member of the group management team.
B&CE – Joanne Palmer has been hired as chief operating officer to oversee all its operational functions, including the day to day running of master trust The People’s Pension. Joining in January, Palmer has more than 30 years’ experience in banking and financial services, most recently with Lloyds Banking Group, in senior positions across a range of roles within UK and international operations.
Isio – The UK pensions and investment advisory firm has made three appointments in its investment team to support its rapid growth.
Cadi Thomas has been promoted to head of ESG research, having previously been deputy head of the team. She is a member of the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group (ICSWG).
Andrew Singh will become head of the real assets team, having been part of the research team for more than five years.
Tom Wilson has been promoted to head of credit research covering both public and private credit markets, having previously been deputy head.
MN – Robil Gergin will join MN as chief operations officer in January 2022. Previously, Gergin worked for Achmea Investment Management in the same capacity. He will succeed Nicole Grootveld-Sandig, who made a transfer to Aegon Asset Management last summer.
Meubel – The Dutch sector pension scheme for furniture makers has named Morris de Jong as a new board member. The appointment is part of the fund’s drive to appoint more young trustees. De Jong had been nominated by trade union FNV where he has been working since October 2020. Previously, De Jong worked for two corporate service providers in Amsterdam’s financial centre.
Wilshire – The US consulting firm has formed a Digital Asset Advisory Group, with Blythe Masters, founding partner at private equity firm Motive Partners, as chair.
Wilshire said that working with Digital Asset Research, a specialist provider of crypto data and research, the advisory group had developed a comprehensive methodology for the classification of digital assets, “an important building block for the institutional market to develop investment solutions based on rigorous research.
Insight Investment – The fixed income specialist has hired Fabien Collado from AXA Investment Managers as ESG portfolio manager. He was at AXA for 12 years and at Insight he will manage ESG mandates and dedicated impact strategies.
Rhona Cormack has joined as senior stewardship analyst, having previousy spent five years at EY as a specialist in climate change and sustainability.
Barnett Waddingham – David Barnett has joined the firm from Willis Towers Watson as principal and senior investment consultant, a newly-created role, to further strengthen the growth in the firm’s investment consulting team with a specific focus on large, multi-billion pound schemes.
Eastspring Investments – The $254bn asset management business of Prudential plc has appointed Stuart Wilson to the newly-created position of head of sustainability. Subject to regulatory approval, he will commence his role on 10 January 2022 and will report directly to Wai-Kwong Seck, CEO.
Wilson joins Eastspring from Sunsuper, the largest superannuation fund by membership in Queensland, Australia, where he was the head of responsible investing.
ESMA – Erik Thedéen has been appointed vice chair of the board of supervisors. Thedéen, who is the director general of the Swedish Finansinspektionen and chair of IOSCO’s task force on sustainable finance, will serve a two-and-a-half-year term effective immediately. He replaces Anneli Tuominen, director general of the Finnish Finanssivalvonta, who has completed her term.
Puro.earth – The carbon removal standard, registry and marketplace has named Jan-Willem Bode and Eve Tamme independent members of its board of directors, as part of its commitment to the integrity and scaling of the carbon removal market.
It said Jan-Willem Bode, partner at Guidehouse, as an expert in the energy and sustainability industry with vast experience from the traditional carbon offset market, which he will use in assisting Puro.earth to scale the emerging carbon removal market. Eve Tamme is a senior climate policy adviser with expertise on international carbon markets and experienced in carbon capture and storage regulation.
Puro.earth was recently acquired by Nasdaq.
Carillon Tower Advisers – The multi-boutique asset management firm has promoted Joy Facos to head of sustainable investing and corporate responsibility, having been head of responsible investing since August last year. She joined Carillon from ESG Research Associates and before that was at Sentinel Investments.