Wednesday people roundup
CERN Pension Fund, Universities Superannuation Scheme, ROZ Vastgoedindex, State Street Global Advisors, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, BlackRock, JP Morgan Asset Management, Lyxor Asset Management, Capital Group, Stanhope Capital
CERN Pension Fund – Théodore Economou, chief executive and CIO at the CHF4bn (€3.3bn) European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) Pension Fund, will not seek re-appointment to his current position, whose tenure ends in August 2015. Economou said he would stay on as chief executive at CERN for the next 14 months and that he expected to be involved in the selection of his successor. He is currently serving his second three-year term as CIO.
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – Jeremy Hill will be returning to the trustee company to take up the role of group general counsel later this year. He previously held the position of general counsel for investments at USS between 2009 and 2011. In this newly created position, he will be responsible for legal services for both the trustee company and its wholly owned subsidiary USS Investment Management. He will take up his new role in August.
ROZ Vastgoedindex – Rudolf de Soet has been appointed as chairman, succeeding Henk Hilverink, who is to step down after nine years. Until the start of 2014, De Soet was chief executive at A&O Services, the provider for the industry-wide scheme for painters and decorators (Schilders). ROZ Vastgoedindex also appointed George Jautze to the board, succeeding Kees de Boo. Until the end of 2010, Jautze was chief executive at ING Real Estate.
State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) – SSgA has made four senior hires in its UK institutional business. Daniel Leuty has been appointed senior relationship manager for platform and defined contribution (DC) clients, joining from Friends Life, where he was head of new business development. Maiyuresh Rajah joins as DC senior relationship manager from Mercer, where he focused on new business strategy and developing the company’s DC offering. Chris Vogtherr joins as a senior client relationship manager from Lazard Asset Management, where he was senior vice-president of institutional sales in London. Mehvish Ayub joins as a senior investment manager from Barings Asset Management, where he was a fund manager in the global multi-asset team.
Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) – JJ Wilczewski has been appointed co-head of the Global Client Group for the Americas to focus on institutional investors, while co-CIO Randy Brown has been appointed to the new role of head of the insurance and pensions solutions business in the UK. Wilczewski joins from Aon Hewitt, while Brown joins from Deutsche Insurance Asset Management. Asoka Wöhrmann will now take on the role of sole CIO.
BlackRock – The asset manager’s institutional business has created a dedicated Local Authority team to support Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) clients in the UK. Christopher Head has been appointed to lead the group.
JP Morgan Asset Management – Maria Ryan has been appointed EMEA head of fixed income strategies in the Global Fixed Income business. She joined JPMAM in 2013 as a client adviser with the UK institutional team from Wellington Management, where she was an associate director of fixed income and a relationship manager. Before then, she was a managing director in BlackRock’s Fixed Income team. She was also an investment director with Henderson Global Investors’ fixed income team.
Lyxor Asset Management – Olivier Cassin has been appointed head of UK institutional sales, Mattias Gustawsson head of Nordic institutional sales and Joost Wijstma head of Netherlands institutional sales. Cassin joins from Bfinance, where he was co-head of the London office. Gustawsson joins from BBVA, where he worked in fund derivatives sales covering the Nordic region. Wijstma joins from Syntrus Achmea, where he was covering Dutch institutions.
Capital Group – Feike Goudsmit has been appointed institutional relationship manager for the Benelux region. He joins from Threadneedle, where he has been Benelux country head since 2006. Goudsmit’s hire comes as Capital Group announced its intention to open its first office in the Netherlands in the first half of 2015.
Stanhope Capital – Christophe Karpiel has been appointed head of investment management. He joins from BNP Paribas Asset Management, where he was deputy head of ultra-high-net-worth portfolio management. Before then, he was senior portfolio manager and head of fund picking at IXIS Asset Management.
DIAM International – The UK arm of Asian asset manager has appointed Anthony Catachanas to its EMEA Business Development Team to assist in building its institutional business. He joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he was responsible for global bank relationships, as well as wholesale and institutional business in the UK, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium and Luxembourg.