GLOBAL - Wednesday people roundup: Swisscanto, Pimco, Janus, Cardano, SWIP, Pictet, Schroders, Board Functioning Index, Greenbay, Aegon, Aberdeen.
Swisscanto - The Swiss asset manager has hired SUVA's Thomas Kaufman as senior portfolio manager of foreign bonds in swiss francs and foreign currencies at the Swisscanto Investment Foundations' investment group. UBS' Jérôme Benathan is also joining the bond team as a senior credit analyst and portfolio manager, while Thomas Zbinden, responsible for the (CH) Equity Fund Tiger among others, and Flurin Joller, from Bâloise Asset Management, have also joined the group.
Pimco - Goldman Sachs' Luke Spajić has been appointed as head of European credit strategy and senior portfolio manager. He will be senior vice-president of Pimco's London office.
Janus Capital International Limited - Marco Grassi has been promoted to head of Janus' Milan office. Grassi, replacing Alex Ricchebuono, will oversee Janus Capital's sales activities for Italian, Spanish and Portuguese financial institutions. Separately, the company has also announced the appointment of Thomas Fleck as sole head of Janus Capital's European financial institutions business. Grassi will report to Fleck.
Cardano Risk Management - Ralph Frank has joins the Rotterdam-headquartered manager's UK team from Mercer. Based in London, he will be responsible for researching and designing investment solutions.
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership - Luke Hickmore has left RIA Capital Markets to start at SWIP's London-based global bonds and economics as investment director for corporate bonds.
Pictet Asset Management - Wee-Ming Ting has started at the institutional division of the Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie as head of Asian fixed income in Singapore. Ting will oversee Pictet's Asian bond management within the global emerging debt team, headed by London-based Simon Lue-Fong. Previously, Ting worked as a senior portfolio manager for the Investment Company of the People's Republic of China.
Schroder Property - Milena Wipplinger and Clara Westlake have started with the firm's global property securities fund and UK specialist teams respectively. Prior to joining Schroders' London office, Wipplinger worked in the financial control department of Aareal Bank's property fund management company in Germany, which is now part of the Schroder Property Group. Westlake, also based in London, joins from Legal & General Investment Management.
Board Functioning Index - Alfred Kool, who left the PGGM fund in 2005 to start his own communications consultancy business, and Herman Wind, former trade union leader of the Dutch CNV union, have joined the new Amsterdam-based self-evaluation platform for pension fund boards as associates.
Greenbay Investments - Bas van Rhijn has joined the Amsterdam-based asset manager focusing on sustainable investments, as a partner responsible for marketing. Prior to his arrival, he worked as global head of financial markets sales and was a member of the financial markets management team at ING Bank in Amsterdam.
Aegon Pension Network - Allianz Group's Ruediger Blach is the new region sales director for Germany and Central & Easter Europe at Aegon, while Heleen Vaandrager, from Generali in Brussels, was appointed product development manager. She will be based in The Hague.
Aberdeen Asset Management - Rob Sanders has left Investit last week to join Abderdeen as senior marketing manager in the firm's institutional marketing team. Clare Vincent-Silk replaces Sanders at Investit.