KAS BANK UK, Marzotto SIM, Schroders, Punter Southall, Old Mutual Global Investors, BlueBay Asset Management, SL Capital Partners, AXA Investment Managers, Seneca Investment Managers, Candriam

KAS BANK UKChristopher Sier has been appointed managing director as part of the company’s “strategic refocus” on institutional investors. According to KAS, Sier was responsible for a “range of knowledge transfer, research and thought leadership activities across the institutional investments sector”, with particular emphasis on pension funds. Before then, he worked for a number of management consulting companies, specialising in advising both buy- and sell-side clients on strategic, operational and technology issues. His remit will be to help UK pension funds better understand their costs. KAS BANK is a custodian but also produces data on fees and costs for schemes in its native Dutch market.

Marzotto SIMAntonio Chiarello has been appointed chief executive and general manager at the Italy-based asset manager. He succeeds Gianbattista Duso, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. Chiarello joins from Antirion SGR, where he was a founding partner and chief executive. Before then, he worked at UBS Global Asset Management, Italy, where he was general manager of UBS Alternative Investments SGR and head of the institutional and alternative business.

Schroders – Schroders Portfolio Solutions, part of Schroders’ Multi-Asset Business, has appointed Philip Howard as LDI solutions manager. He will join from Mercer, where he has been a part of the consultancy’s Financial Strategy Group for seven years. Howard will succeed Daniel Morris, who will transfer to New York at the beginning of 2015.

Punter SouthallColette Christiansen has been appointed principal and head of de-risking solutions. She joins from Towers Watson, where she advised a number of buyout and longevity swap transactions. Before then, she was part of Mercer’s financial strategy group responsible for longevity risk and de-risking solutions.

Old Mutual Global InvestorsAllan MacLeod has been appointed head of international distribution. He spent 21 years at Martin Currie in a variety of senior roles, including eight years managing money. He set up and ran the hedge fund business and was a member of the executive committee and a main board director. He left Martin Currie in 2011 and joined Ignis Asset Management in 2012 as head of global accounts.

BlueBay Asset Management – Roberto Valsecchi Oliva, partner and head of sales for Southern Europe, has been appointed to manage BlueBay’s new office in Zurich, Switzerland. David Keel, director of sales for Switzerland, will lead the Swiss-orientated business development efforts out of the new office.

SL Capital Partners – The private equity and infrastructure specialist has made two senior hires. Robert Kellermann will lead efforts in the German, Austrian and Swiss regions as head of DACH. He joins from Feri Trust Germany, where he was head of institutional clients. Before then, he worked at Pioneer Investments KAG Munich, where he was head of consultant relations for Germany and Switzerland. Alan Coffey will focus on efforts in the UK and Continental Europe, including the Nordic market. He joins after almost a decade at Goldman Sachs AIMS Group, where he worked as a private equity specialist.

AXA Investment Managers ­– Gregory Venizelos has been appointed senior credit strategist to the Research and Investment Strategy team. He joins from BNP Paribas’s Fixed Income division, where he was a senior credit strategist. Before then, he worked at RBS.

Seneca Investment ManagersPeter Elston has been appointed global investment strategist. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management, where he was head of Asia Pacific strategy and asset allocation.

CandriamWilliam Jaworski has been appointed as senior medical technology analyst. He joins from Riverside, where he focused on investments in healthcare and medical companies and most recently led the European research team. Jaworski started his career at Merrill Lynch in London.