PKA, PFA, Candriam Investors Group, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, AlphaGen Capital, NN Investment Partners, Robeco, Sarasin & Partners, Allianz Global Investors, Barings Real Estate Advisers, Aberdeen Asset Management, Xafinity

PKA – The DKK250m (€33.6m) Danish labour-market pensions provider has hired a sales expert from the country’s largest commercial pension fund, PFA, to lead the new drive to win customers both individually and within corporate contracts. Søren Bang Palfelt, who has been responsible at PFA for sales and advice to companies, organisations and pension funds, will start his new job at PKA on 1 December.

Candriam Investors GroupCésar Zeitouni has been appointed head of long short equity. From 2001, Zeitouni managed a long-only fund in the technology and telecom sectors at IT Asset Management. He then transferred to Exane AM in 2006, where he launched and co-managed a TNT equity market neutral fund and where, these past two years, he managed a long-short fund.

Lombard Odier Investment Managers – The Volantis investment management team is to join the firm from AlphaGen Capital. The team manages more than $1bn (€908m) in assets in UK equity long/short and long-only strategies. The eight person team will join Lombard Odier IM’s existing 1798 hedge fund strategies platform, based in London.

NN Investment PartnersWillem Schramade has been appointed as a senior portfolio manager for impact investing. He joins from Robeco, which he joined in 2007 as a global equity analyst. Before joining Robeco, he worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and General Electric.

Sarasin & PartnersJeremy Thomas has been appointed head of global equities. He joins from Allianz Global Investors, where he managed global and UK equity mandates for over 12 years. Before then, he was at ISIS Management (now part of F&C) and began his career at Schroders.

Barings Real Estate AdvisersGöran Bengtsson has been named head of the Nordics. Based in Stockholm, he will be responsible for sourcing and executing deals, as well as overseeing all asset management activities within the region. He will also be responsible for opportunities to expand the business in the Danish and Norwegian markets. Bengtsson joins from Aberdeen Asset Management, where he was head of asset management for the Nordics for the past three years.

XafinityMatthew Course has been appointed as a senior investment consultant. He began his career at Legal & General Investment Management as a client relationship manager before moving to Stamford Associates as an investment consultant and latterly at Lloyds Banking Group and Mercers, where he was a principal in the Implemented Investment Solutions Team.