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Alecta – Sweden’s largest occupational pension provider has reorganised, creating new departments and making associated management changes. Katarina Thorslund, CFO and executive vice-president, will lead a new accounts department covering Alecta’s private and corporate customers. A department for managing and developing pension products has been established, which will be led by Fredrik Palm, senior actuary at Alecta. The provider’s information and marketing departments will be merged into one, with newly recruited Martin Hedensiö as head of the new communications department.
Pensions Trust – The £8.5bn (€10bn) UK workplace pension fund has appointed Cliff Speed as CIO, replacing David Adkins, who left to become head of investment strategy for Lloyds Banking Group’s pension funds. Speed joins from BlackRock, where he worked as an “outsourced CIO for many significant pension funds”. A qualified actuary, he was previously the CIO of insurer Paternoster and has also worked as an investment consultant.
ARC Fiduciary – Paulus Ingram has left Dutch asset manager APG, where he was head of hedge fund investing, to co-found a US-based institutional manager focused on sustainable investing. ARC Fiduciary will seek to achieve financial outperformance while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Robeco Institutional Asset Management – Gilbert van Hassel has been appointed chief executive and chairman of the management board of the €124bn investment manager. As of 19 September, he will succeed Leni Boeren. Boeren took over in May, when Japanese owner Orix introduced a new group structure that led to the departure of three board members, including then chief executive David Steyn.
BNP Paribas Investment Management – James Dilworth, until recently chief executive at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s Germany business, has been appointed to the newly created role of global head of sales. At Deutsche, which split its asset and private wealth business last year, Dilworth was also global head of active asset management. At BNP Paribas IM, he is also a member of the executive committee, reporting to Frédéric Janbon, chief executive the French investment manager.
Legal & General Investment Management – Simon Chinnery has been appointed to the new role of head of DC client solutions. He joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he worked for 11 years, most recently as head of UK DC. Before that, he worked at ABN Amro.
Fidelity International – Juliet Bullick has joined the global institutional team as global head of consultant relations. She joins from BlackRock, where she most recently worked as head of inclusion and diversity for the EMEA region. Her previous roles at BlackRock included head of UK institutional business.
Northern Trust – The investment manager and asset service provider has created a new role of head of its institutional investor group in the UK, Ireland and Guernsey, hiring James Wright for the position. Wright joins from JP Morgan, where he was most recently head of sales and relationship management, responsible for developing outsourced asset management relationships.
Rikshem – Sophia Mattsson-Linnala has been appointed chief executive of the Swedish property company, jointly owned by state pensions buffer fund AP4 and workplace pension provider AMF. Mattsson-Linnala will take over from acting chief executive Sven-Göran Svensson, the company’s head of administration, who filled the top position temporarily following the sudden departure of then chief executive Jan-Erik Höjvall in March. Mattsson-Linnala’s previous roles include chief executive positions at property companies and being head of the finance and economy unit at SABO, the Swedish Association of Public Housing Companies.
Unilever – Jeanelle Kooman has joined Progress and Forward, the two Dutch pension funds of Unilever, as a director, effective 1 September. Kooman joined from the €227m pension fund of TBI, where she has been a board member and secretary over the past two years. At Progress and Forward, she succeeds Rianne Lemsom, who moved to Global Pensions at Unilever. Kooman previously worked as a senior actuary and investment consultant at Towers Watson for 10 years.
ASR – The Dutch insurer has appointed Folkert Pama as director of sales and customer service for pensions, as of 1 October. He will be tasked with achieving the company’s commercial targets and optimising client services and the distribution channel, including ASR’s new general pension fund (APF). Pama was founder, and subsequently director, of the first low-cost defined contribution vehicle (PPI) in the Netherlands of Dutch provider BeFrank, a subsidiary of insurer Delta Lloyd. He was succeeded by Marianne de Boer-Maasland, as of 1 July.
Philips Pensioenfonds – Annemiek van Vuren has been appointed manager for asset-liability management at the €19bn Dutch pension fund. She joined from asset manager Actiam, where she has been allocation manager since July 2014. Before that, she served in a similar position at SNS Asset Management for four years.
Vesteda – Property investor Vesteda has named Pieter Knauff as director for acquisitions. He will be responsible for Vesteda’s portfolio strategy. Knauff succeeds Nico Mol, who is to focus on external relations and running project developments within acquisitions. Knauff has been senior salesman at Vesteda since 1 January 2015. Previously, he worked at property broker Van Herk Group, where has was chief executive for the last two years.
AFM – Willemijn van Dolen has started as member of the supervisory board (RvC) of financial markets watchdog AFM. Van Dolen is a professor of marketing at Amsterdam University, specialising in online consumer communication, social and responsible investment and social media. She has also expertise on big data, fintech and behavioural economics. Van Dolen has been appointed for a four-year period.
Kempen Capital Management – Kornelis Buursma has joined the asset manager as director of business development. He will be responsible for extending fiduciary asset management activities for institutional investors in the Netherlands. Buursma has held similar positions at NN IP, PGGM Investments and ING REIM. He started his career at ING REIM as a research analyst in 2002.
Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) – Charles Anniss has been hired as portfolio manager for the Swiss bank, joining the European equities team to look after small and mid-caps. He joins, from M&G Investments, where he was a director and fund manager in the equities team.
UBS Asset Management – Fekko Ebbens has been appointed head of the asset manager’s institutional business for the EMEA, adding this position to his role as market head for Benelux and Denmark. He has been with the Swiss asset manager since 2006, having previously been at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch and Van Lanscot Bankiers.