GLOBAL – Aon Consulting’s former manager of international benefits for continental Europe, Ruud Kistemaker, has joined drugs firm Roche as global benefits manager.

Based in Basle, Kistemaker will have responsibility for pensions and benefits worldwide, but is not directly in charge of managing the Roche Pension Fund, spokesman Daniel Piller told IPE.

Kistemaker was at Aon for 10 years. He has been succeeded by Theo Lutgendorff, who will be based in Rotterdam. Lutgendorff’s role as head of Dutch international benefits has been taken on by Bob Wilken.

Elsewhere, Brian Waite, Aon’s deputy head of international benefits has left to join Mercer Human Resource Consulting (see separate story).

Roche has CHF9.9bn in pension plan assets held in trusts, according to its 2004 annual report.

The report also reveals that board secretary Gottlieb Keller has a CHF492,500 mortgage loan with the Pension Fund of F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. at an interest rate of 4.2%p.a.