GLOBAL - Principal, BlackRock, Buck Consultants, UBS, F&C, SAM, BIAM,  BNP Paribas, Bestrustees

Principal Global Investors - David Buckle left BlackRock in March and has joined Principle Global Investors as their new European head of fixed income, IPE has learnt.

BlackRock - Michael Lee has joined the company's global consultantrelations team based in London, where he will be responsible forrelationships with consultants at BlackRock's UK defined contribution(DC) business. He joins from SEI Investments.

Buck Consultants - Marie Wilkinson, who has left Mercer Human Resource Consulting after 30 years, has joined Buck Consultants's London office as principal and senior benefit consultant to develop the company's defined contribution (DC) practice. The firm has also hired Simon Hill as senior investment consultant. He joins from the London investment arm of Swiss private bank Sarasin, where he was head of institutional business and the performance and risk function.

UBS Global Asset Management - Russell Investment Group's Liz Ward joined UBS Global Asset Management on Monday as global head of capabilities management for the London-based fixed income team. This is a new role, the company said.

F&C Asset Management - Cristobal Mendez de Vigo is joining the fund manager from Allianz Global Investors as head of distribution and business development. In this new position, Mendez will focus on developing F&C's institutional and European wholesale businesses through third parties and strategic partners.

SAM Group - Jon Winslade has been hired as senior relationship manager of SAM Indexes. Winslade reports to Alexander Barkawi, managing director of SAM Indexes, and will be based in Zurich.

Bank of Ireland Asset Management -  David Furey, previously at Butterfield Asset Management in Bermuda, has started at the firm as senior portfolio manager fixed income. Furthermore, Pranay Gupta Laharia, joining from Deutsche Bank in New York, has been appointed as head of technology and telecommunications research.

BNP Paribas Group - Louise Beveridge has been appointed as head of brand and communications of the Paris-based asset management & services division at BNP Paribas. The group said Beveridge will combine her new responsibilities with her existing position as head of communications of BNP Paribas Real Estate. Elsewhere, Markus Wedel, joining from Credit Suisse in Frankfurt, started earlier this month as head of equity derivatives flow & financing sales for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Federico Ursino and Alexander Neumann have also joined from Credit Suisse to strengthen coverage in the German, Austrian and Swiss markets. Christian Schuetze, who joined BNP Paribas in March from West LB, completes the team.

Bestrustees - Richard Stroud, former chief executive of The Pensions Trust, has joined Bestrustees. Prior to his work at the Pension Trust, Shroud was pension fund manager of The British Printing Corporation.