Aviva Investors, Rogge Global Partners, Standard Life Investments, Hermes Fund Managers, Schroders, PIMCO, AXA Investment Managers, JLT Employee Benefits, Dorset County Council, CPPIB, International Integrated Reporting Council, M&G Investments, Henderson Global Investors, Vontobel Asset Management, Old Mutual Global Investors, AXA IM-Real Assets

Aviva InvestorsRémi Casals has been appointed head of European institutional client solutions, joining from Rogge Global Partners, where he was head of global distribution. He previously held positions with AXA Rosenberg, Barclays Global Investors and Andersen Corporate Finance. Nigel Cosgrove was appointed head of European institutional client relationships and service, joining from Standard Life Investments, where he was an investment director. Jennifer Stillman was appointed global head of consultant relations, joining from Hermes Fund Managers, where she was director of consultant relations. Lastly, TJ Voskamp was appointed head of European wholesale client solutions, joining from Schroders, where he was head of the global financial institutions group.

PIMCOFrank Witt has been appointed chairman of the board of PIMCO’s Germany entity, PIMCO Deutschland, effective 1 September. Witt joined PIMCO in 2002 and was most recently managing director in the Munich office, with responsibility for the asset manager’s German and Austrian business. Before joining PIMCO, he held various positions at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. Ryan Blute is leaving PIMCO Germany’s board, although he will continue as managing director for EMEA global wealth management.

AXA Investment Managers – Two new members have been appointed to the management board. Amélie Watelet has been appointed global head of human resources and a member of the board effective 1 November, replacing Anne-Sophie Curet. Laurence Boone, head of research and investment strategy at AXA IM and chief economist for AXA Group, has also been appointed to the board. Bettina Ducat, meanwhile, has been promoted to global head of product, retail and institutional development.

JLT Employee BenefitsNick Buckland has been appointed as a senior investment consultant. He joins from Dorset County Council, where he was chief treasury and pensions manager for the pension fund. Buckland played a key role in the foundation of the Brunel Pension Partnership, the asset pool being implemented in the South-West of England by funds including the Environment Agency Pension Fund and the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Pension Funds. 

Hermes Investment ManagementRobert Wall has been appointed infrastructure partner, reporting to Peter Hofbauer, head of infrastructure. Based in London, Wall joins from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where he has worked for the past nine years in Toronto and London.

International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) – Richard Howitt, a member of the European Parliament, has been appointed chief executive of the global corporate-reporting organisation. He is to succeed Paul Druckman on 1 November. Howitt has been rapporteur on corporate reporting-related issues, including social responsibility, for many years. He has also acted as a volunteer IIRC ambassador for the last five years.

M&G InvestmentsNas Islam has been appointed head of investment risk. He joins from Henderson Global Investors, where he was head of investment oversight. Before then, he held analyst, risk and performance roles at Morley Fund Management, now known as Aviva Investors.

Vontobel Asset ManagementLudovic Colin has been appointed head of the global flexible investment team at Vontobel’s fixed income boutique. Colin will take over as lead portfolio manager of Vontobel’s absolute return bond strategies. He joined Vontobel in 2015 from Goldman Sachs, where he was a cross-asset macro specialist.

Old Mutual Global InvestorsCristiano Busnardo has been appointed to the newly created position of country head for Italy. He joins from Allfunds Bank’s Italian branch, where he was deputy general manager. Before then, he worked at Société Générale Asset Management Italia.

AXA IM-Real AssetsAndrew Stainer has been appointed to the new role of head of Northern Europe. Stainer will oversee all transactions and business operations within the UK, Germany, the Nordic region, Switzerland and Central and Eastern Europe. Joining from Carters Hill Group in Sydney, Stainer has also worked for Goldman Sachs, JBWere and Deutsche Bank.