GLOBAL - Aegon Global Pensions, Horeca, Cardano, Mercer, Towers Watson, Hermes Fund Managers, UKSIF, Vontobel Asset Management, SWIP

Aegon Global Pensions - Mark Green has been appointed to lead development of Aegon Global Pensions' international defined contribution plans. Based in The Hague, the Netherlands, Green will work with benefit consultants and advisers to implement solutions for multinational companies. Most recently, Green worked with PADA, the UK government body rolling out the new National Employment Savings Trust. He was also previously a partner at Watson Wyatt.

Horeca - Monique van Gils has joined the €4bn pension for the hotel, restaurant and catering business (Horeca and Catering) as portfolio manager for external managers. Previously, she has been investment manager at Schretlen & Co, a Rabobank subsidiary.

Cardano - The investment adviser and fiduciary manager has made a number of appointments to its client team. Sophia Heathcoat, who joins from P-Solve Asset Solutions, will manage client relationships and assist with all aspects of setting, implementing and monitoring investment strategy. Duncan Higgs, who joins from Towers Watson, will have similar responsibilities. In addition, Carl Jones has joined from Mercer and Flora Summerfield from Aon Hewitt. The news follows the recent appointments of Christopher Parkinson and Ben Cooper to the investment team at Cardano UK.

Mercer - The consultancy has appointed Martine Ferland as head of its retirement, risk and finance (RRF) business for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She will join from Towers Watson, where she was retirement business leader for Canada. Before then, she spent 13 years in a range of roles with Towers Perrin in North America. She replaces Jacques Goulet, who transferred to North America earlier this year to lead Mercer's RRF business in the US.

Towers Watson - John Machon has been hired for the new role of head of business development for the consultancy's retirement solutions business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Machon joins after seven years at Aon Hewitt, where he served as chief commercial officer for EMEA. Separately, Towers Watson has combined its three investment research teams into one. The three teams - Manager Research, Asset Research and the Thinking Ahead Group - will be led by Craig Baker, who retains overall leadership of the Manager Research team.

Hermes Fund Managers - David Watson has been appointed as a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee, succeeding John Biles, who will be stepping down after completion of his second three-year term on the Hermes board. Prior to joining Hermes, Watson served as chief financial officer at Aviva General Insurance UK. Between 2003 and 2007, he was CFO at Morley Fund Management. Before then, he spent nine years at M&G Group, where he was group finance director.

UKSIF - The sustainable investment and finance association has appointed Bozena Jankowska, global head of sustainability research at RCM, to chair its analyst committee. She takes over from Marianne Harper Gow, head of ESG research at Baillie Gifford, who has reached the end of her term of office. The committee oversees UKSIF's support for ESG investment analysts within member organisations, including asset managers, investment banks and independent research providers.

Vontobel - Vontobel Asset Management, the global investment manager of Switzerland-based Vontobel Group, has appointed Sheridan Bowers as director of its business in Ireland and the UK. He joins from Hermes Fund Managers, where he spent seven years as associate director. Before then, he held similar roles at Fidelity International and Threadneedle. 
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership - SWIP has further strengthened its Financial Solutions Group with the appointment of Erik Vynckier as investment director. Based in the company's Edinburgh office, Vynckier will report to Neil Falconer, head of Financial Solutions within SWIP's fixed income business. He joins from Standard Life, where he worked as a senior quantitative analyst. Before then he worked for HSBC Bank, Credit Suisse and BP.