Wednesday people roundup
PFA, RWC, Allianz Global Investors, AXA Investment Managers, ING IM International, Kames Capital, RBC Global Asset Management, Kempen Capital Management, Kirstein
PFA – The Danish commercial pensions provider has poached Danske Bank’s global head of corporate and institutional banking Anders Damgaard, bringing him on board as the fourth member of group’s management board in charge of investment and risk management. Damgaard has worked at Danske Bank since 2001, with most of his time there spent within the bank’s Danske Markets business segment. He will take up his new role as group director on 1 January next year.
RWC – Rash Patel has joined RWC’s institutional team. He will be working alongside Joanna Lancaster, who is responsible for RWC’s relationships with consultants. Patel joins from MFS International, where he spent eight years looking after relationships with institutional investors in the UK. Before then, he worked at Barclays Global Investors for seven years following several years at UBS, as well as Mercer and Fidelity.
Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) – Joe Moody, in a newly created role, has been appointed to lead the International Solutions Specialists teams in the UK, the US and Continental Europe, excluding Germany and Japan. Before joining AllianzGI, Moody was senior independent adviser to Pacific Global Advisors. Before then, he worked at State Street Global Advisors in London for 10 years as a managing director. He started his career in investment management 1994 at F&C Asset Management.
AXA Investment Managers – Christophe Coquema has been appointed global head of the Client Group, replacing Laurent Seyer, who has decided to leave the €582bn asset manager. Julien Fourtou will succeed Coquema as global head of Multi-Asset Client Solutions & Trading Securities Financing (MACS&TSF) and join the management board. Fourtou, since joining AXA IM in 2000, has occupied various positions across AXA IM’s investment teams, including COO of the fixed income division.
ING IM International – ING IM International has appointed Ashish Goyal as head of its Emerging Markets Equity team as of 1 October. He will be tasked with expanding the company’s EME strategies from its office in Singapore. Currently, Ashish is working at Eastsprings Investments, where he has been investment director for Asia Equity, CIO for Asia/GEM Equities and head of Asia Equities for the past 20 years. Robert Holmes will also join the EME team as of 1 September. Based in London, he will be responsible for emerging Europe strategies. Over the last 10 years, he has served as a fund manager within the EMEA region, including seven years with Griffin Capital Management.
Kames Capital – Edouard Giraud has been appointed as a business development consultant on the European sales team, focusing on the Swiss market. He joins from MSCI, where he was a sales associate tasked with developing the group’s presence in the UK and Nordic regions. Before then, he worked at Citigroup as a sales assistant for its EMEA Institutions, having previously worked for Société Générale and Inora Life.
RBC Global Asset Management – Clive Brown has been appointed chief executive and managing director of RBC GAM International. In this newly created role, he will oversee business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, excluding BlueBay Asset Management. He joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he held a number of senior roles, most recently global COO and chairman of Asia. Before then, he was chief executive at JP Morgan Asset Management International.
Kempen Capital Management – Maarten Vankan has been appointed senior portfolio manager in the global small-cap team, joining from Cyrte Investments. He has also worked as a portfolio manager at ABN AMRO Asset Management and Aegon AM. According to CIO Lars Dijkstra, the appointment underlines Kempen’s aim to expand its long-term small-cap offering in the Netherlands and Europe.
Kirstein – Martin Sønderskov Nielsen has been promoted to head of department for Search & Selection, in which he has worked since 2007. He will be responsible for Kirstein’s monitoring and selection of Danish and international asset managers, peer group analyses and assessments of investment strategies.