APG, Belgacom, BP Pension Trustees, Avida International, Horeca, MN, Société Générale Securities Services, UBS Global Asset Management
APG – The €375bn asset manager and pensions provider APG has appointed Philip Neyt as senior public affairs adviser on its strategy and policy team. Alongside Theo Timmermans, head of APG’s international public affairs, Neyt is to focus on international stakeholder management. Neyt has been chief executive at the country’s largest pension fund – the €5bn scheme of telecommunications provider Belgacom – for 15 years, and acted as an adviser on pensions for several Belgian governments. He received numerous awards for pension fund management as well as for his personal contribution to the development of the pensions sector in Europe.
Avida International – Sally Bridgeland, former chief executive of BP Pension Trustees, is joining the UK team of Dutch governance and outsourcing advisers Avida International. Her role will be as senior adviser, and she will start in October. Bridgeland left BP Pension Trustees in April this year, having started her work there in 2007. Before that, she worked for 20 years at Aon Hewitt and its predecessor Bacon & Woodrow. She has non-executive roles at EDHEC, FTSE and the Worshipful Company of Actuaries.
Horeca – The €5bn pension fund for the hospitality and catering sector, Horeca, has appointed Gérard Aben as its new independent chairman as of 1 July. With a background in human resources, Aben has, according to Horeca, much experience on the board of large companies, such as coffee and tea producer Douwe Egberts and PostNL. He has also been a trustee at several pension funds. He succeeds Eiko de Vries.
MN – The fiduciary manager has appointed Michael Wray as senior investment strategist and Paul Doyle as business development analyst. Wray joins from Blackrock, where he was head of CEMEA LDI and pensions solutions, which included a focus on providing strategic advice to fiduciary clients in the UK and the Netherlands. Doyle joins MN’s business development team from Buck Global Investment Advisors, where he worked as an investment analyst servicing medium-sized pension schemes and as an alternatives research analyst.
Société Générale Securities Services – David Painter has been hired by Société Générale Securities Services as head of trustee and depositary services in the UK. He will be based in London and report to Michèle Besse, global head of depositary control, and Bertrand Blanchard, the company’s country manager in the UK. Painter was previously a board director of the JP Morgan Trustee & Depositary Company and was this year elected chairman of the executive committee of the UK Depositary & Trustee Association, representing JP Morgan.
UBS Global Asset Management – James Finch has been appointed by UBS Global Asset Management as head of global liquidity management for the EMEA. He will be based in London and report to the firm’s head of global liquidity management, Joe Abed. Finch was previously head of UK and fixed income business development at Source.