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BlackRockSimon Pardoe has been appointed head of DC Proposition to develop bundled and investment-only UK workplace defined contribution services for employers and their employees. He joins from Legal & General, where he was most recently responsible for workplace savings strategy, proposition and market development.

National Association of Pension FundsGraham Vidler has been appointed head of external affairs. He joins from the National Employment Savings Trust, where he was director of communications and engagement. Before then, he worked on pensions from a variety of perspectives as a researcher at the House of Commons, policy adviser for the Association of British Insurers, head of policy at Which? and head of marketing at Norwich Union Life.

Univest CompanyLoek Sibbing has announced that he is to step down as chairman of the €20bn asset manager for the 80 pension funds of multinational company Unilever, on 1 June. He said he would now take on “new challenges” and that he wanted to share his experience and expertise with other companies. He said it was too early to make further announcements about the next step of his career.

Pension Fund ING – The €18.5bn pension fund of banc-assurer ING has appointed Rients Prins as chairman as of 1 March. He succeeds Peter de Bruijne, who had been at the helm for five years. De Bruijne is to take on a new job outside ING. Prins has been a board member of the pension fund since 2012.

BNP Paribas Investment PartnersColin Graham has been appointed CIO and head of TAA & Research in the Multi-Asset Solutions team. He joins from BlackRock (formerly Merrill Lynch Investment Managers), where he was co‐head of the Global Multi‐Asset Strategies team. Before then, he worked as an actuarial consultant at Mercer.

JP Morgan Asset ManagementStéphane Casagrande has been appointed head of institutional clients for Switzerland. He joins from BNP Paribas Investment Partners in Switzerland, where he was head of institutional sales and consultant relations. He has also held positions at ECOFIN Investment Consulting and Credit Suisse Asset Management.

MercerMark Rowlands has been appointed to lead sales and marketing for Mercer’s defined contribution and savings business. He joins from Partnership Assurance, where he was head of corporate partners. Prior to that, he spent seven years at AXA Corporate, where he held a number of different roles, including head of business development and head of consultant relationships and corporate partnerships.

Finisterre Capital – The emerging market specialist has appointed David Burnside as a partner and head of business development. Prior to joining Finisterre, Burnside was at BlueBay Asset Management from July 2010, where he was a partner and head of alternatives. Before then, he spent seven years as head of European institutional marketing for Financial Risk Management.

Generali Investments EuropeHervé Gay has been appointed to the European Credit Research team as senior credit analyst. Before joining GIE, he was a senior sell-side fixed income credit analyst and deputy head of credit research at Société Générale in Paris.

NatixisEric Le Brusq has been appointed global head of equity derivatives sales. He joins from LBDD Finance, a financial advisory specialist for institutional investors, where he was chief executive.

RobecoSAMLucas van Berkestijn and Cécile Churet have been appointed as sustainability investing client specialists. These newly created positions will serve as a link between RobecoSAM’s research and product development activities and institutional clients.

AP4Susan Linkvist has been appointed COO at the Swedish national buffer fund. She replaces Agneta Wilhelmson Karemar, who retires on 1 May but is on leave until then.

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