GLOBAL - PensionsFirst, ING IM, Sacker & Partners, Alexander Forbes Financial Services, RBC Dexia Investor Services, Barnett Waddingham
PensionsFirst - Robert Wilen has been appointed principal. He will help expand the UK-based company's North American business, focusing on business development, marketing and client relationship management. Prior to joining PensionsFirst, Wilen spent more than 20 years with Aon Hewitt in a variety of consulting and management roles. Most recently, he served as a senior executive leading the consultancy's East Retirement Market Team.

ING Investment Management - Arthud van der Wal, head institutional business at ING IM, is leaving the company. He will be chairman of the board at ING's pension administration affiliate AZL, effective 1 May.

Sacker & Partners - The UK pensions law firm has re-elected Ian Pittaway as senior partner, marking his third consecutive term in the role. Pittaway, who oversaw Sacker's expansion to more than 50 lawyers, joined the firm in 1996 and was recently described as "the best pensions lawyer in London" by the Legal 500. Mark Greenlees has been re-selected as deputy senior partner.

Alexander Forbes Financial Services - Gemma Goodman has been promoted to head of the Annuity Bureau and defined contribution operations, responsible for strategy and performance. Goodman has worked for the last seven years at the Annuity Bureau, most recently as head of desk and web operations. She has also worked in positions including national administration manager and associate director.
RBC Dexia Investor Services - Simon Shapland has been appointed as managing director for the UK, subject to regulatory approval. He will chair the UK Management Committee and have overall responsibility locally for both business strategy and employee relations. Shapland joined RBC Dexia on its creation in 2006 as regional head of sales and relationship management for the UK, Ireland and the Middle East. Before then, he held senior positions at BISYS Fund Services and ABN AMRO Mellon Global Securities Services.

Barnett Waddingham Investments - The private client arm of the UK-based consultant has strengthened its team with the hire of Tom Low as senior investment manager. Before joining Barnett Waddingham, Low worked at Barclays Private Bank in a wealth management role.