GLOBAL - Watson Wyatt, Pioneer, Henderson, Schroders, ETF Securities, ITS, Freshfields, ING, Northern Trust.

Watson Wyatt - Keith Jecks is rejoining Watson Wyatt from ABN Amro where he was the global head of pensions advisory for the past four years. He will lead various business development initiatives from the firm's Reigate office, where he will be based from April.

Pioneer Investments - Neil Robson (pictured right) has been promoted to head of equities, responsible for all equity portfolio management activities in the Dublin investment. In addition to his new responsibilities, Robson will continue with his portfolio management duties. Pioneer Alternative Investments has confirmed the appointment of Lucio Vignati to the European long-short team in the newly-created role of senior equities trader, based in Milan. He joins from Lehman Brothers.

Henderson Global Investors - Manuel Martin, previously an asset manager with Unibail Rodamco, is the new head of property portfolio management for Spain and Portugal. He is based in Madrid.

Schroder Property Germany - Mark Wolter (pictured left) joins the Frankfurt office as head of fund management Germany from AMB Generali Immobilien GmbH, while Neil Turner, global head of fund management, will transfer from London to the Wiesbaden office.

ETF Securities - Nicholas Brooks has started as head of research and investment strategy. He joins from Henderson Global Investors where he was senior economist.

Independent Trustee Services - Peter Askins, who lead the government consultation on the Pensions Green Paper in 2002, and Mike Edis, previously with OAG Worldwide, has been appointed directors of ITS.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Raquel Flórezin in Madrid and Brechje Nollen in Amsterdam have been promoted to partners to the global employment, pensions and benefits practice.

ING - Dorothy Hillenius was promoted to head of ING Group investor relations, succeeding Jonathan Atack, who took up a new role as chief financial and risk officer at ING Investment Management Europe earlier this week.

NorthernTrust - JP Morgan's Stephanie Howell has joined as relationship manager supporting UK corporate pension funds, and UK local government pension schemes asset servicing clients in particular.