Wednesday people roundup
GLOBAL - NAPF, Robeco, ATP, Mercer, Sackers, Raiffeisen, Barings, Aon Corporation, F&C
National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) - Ruston Smith has been elected as the next chairman of the NAPF's retirement policy council. Together with the investment council, the retirement policy council develops and agrees policies on behalf of the NAPF's 1,200. Smith is currently group pensions and insurable risk director at Tesco. He will take over from Joy Moore when her two-year appointment ends at the NAPF annual general meeting in Manchester on 21 October.
Robeco - Jacqueline Lommen has joined Robeco from Aon Hewitt's Amsterdam office and will be responsible for overseeing the expansion of the company's activities in the European pension market. Lommen left the consultancy in June after three years and joined Robeco as senior vice-president of business development for European pensions. In her 25 years in the pensions industry, Lommen has held a number of positions, including that of senior adviser in the DNB's department of supervisory policy.
ATP - Jerry Gandhi has joined ATP to help with the launch of the Danish pension provider's new UK pension platform, which it hopes to unveil ahead of the rollout of auto-enrolment next year. Gandhi joined in June as strategic consultant to help develop the new low-cost platform, which is likely to be launched later this year, according to Morten Nilsson, head of ATP international operations. Prior to joining ATP, Gandhi worked as group pensions director at RSA Insurance Group for more than five years.
Mercer - Paul O'Connor has been appointed head of asset allocation for the consultancy's investment management business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. O'Connor will be responsible for the overall asset allocation strategy of clients' portfolios, with a specific emphasis on Mercer's Dynamic Asset Allocation service. He joins from Credit Suisse in London, where he has been a proprietary trader and strategist for the last 10 years.
Sackers - The UK-based pensions law firm has promoted Caroline Legg to associate director and Ian D'Costa to associate. Legg joined Sackers in 2004 and has expertise in matters involving the Pension Protection Fund. D'Costa has worked at Sackers since 2007. He is a member of the firm's investment unit and has a range of experience of how private and public sector schemes manage investments.
Raiffeisen - Andreas Witzani has been appointed managing director of Raiffeisen International Fund Advisory, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Capital Management. He has been a member of the management board since 1 August. Witzani has more than 20 years' experience and until recently was a board member at IMMO KAG, a subsidiary of Volksbanken KAG. In his new role, he will be responsible for coordinating international and institutional business operations, excluding Central and Eastern Europe.
Baring Asset Management (Barings) - Faisal Ali has been appointed as investment manager on the emerging markets debt team. He joins from Observatory Capital, where he was a portfolio manager in the emerging markets team, running the company's emerging market credit portfolio. Before then, he was with Credit Suisse in the emerging markets trading team in London and fixed income research team in Singapore.
Aon Corporation - The risk management consultancy has appointed Matthew Levin as executive vice-president and head of global strategy. He will report directly to Aon president and chief executive Greg Case and become a member of the global executive Committee. He recently served as senior vice-president of corporate development and strategy at Hewitt Associates.
F&C Investments - Tracy Fennell has been appointed group head of marketing, joining from Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), where she is currently head of marketing. Fennell will be responsible for marketing activity across all areas of the group including the institutional business, funds and investment trusts and corporate brand building. Before joining SWIP, she was head of marketing for the UK, Nordics, Middle East and Australia at Axa Investment Managers.