MN, Towers Watson, Pioneer Investments, 300 Club, HSBC Securities Services Ireland

MN – The European fiduciary manager has appointed Paul Francis as senior client director for the UK. He joins from Hymans Robertson, where he was senior investment consultant. Prior to this he was a director at JLT, responsible for fiduciary management solutions. He has also held senior investment and management roles with Alexander Forbes and Watson Wyatt.

Towers WatsonLuba Nikulina, Towers Watson’s long-standing global head of private markets, has taken over as global head of manager research following the promotion of Craig Baker. Nikulina has worked at the consultancy since 2005 in the company’s London and New York offices, and was previously deputy head of capital investment at Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel.

Pioneer InvestmentsDean Heaney has been appointed institutional sales director, responsible for developing Pioneer’s institutional business in the UK. He joins from Royal London Asset Management, where he was responsible for institutional business development. Before then, he held a similar position at Diawa SB Investments and also worked four years at Fidelity in London, where he held several key institutional sales and marketing roles.

300 ClubRoger Urwin has joined the 300 Club, becoming the 15th member of the group, which consists of leading global investment professionals. Urwin is the global head of investment content at Towers Watson, where he has worked since 1989. He currently is a board member of the CFA Institute’s board of governors and is an advisory director at MSCI.

HSBC Securities Services IrelandTony McDonnell has been appointed managing director. He was previously regional head of asset managers for Europe and North America, in sales and business development, at HSBC Securities Services. McDonnell joined HSBC Ireland in 2002.