PGGM, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, Pension Insurance Corporation, Friends Life, Columbia Threadneedle Investments, F&C Investments, Aviva Investors, Walker Crips, Ashcourt Rowan, City Noble, Burges Salmon

PGGM – The supervisory board of the €178bn asset manager and pensions provider has appointed Paul Boomkamp as its new chief financial and risk officer. He will also become a member of the company’s executive committee as of 1 September. He is to succeed Paul Loven, who will leave to start a bureau for coaching and board advice. Currently, Boomkamp is a member of the executive board of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey, and he has held executive roles at insurer AXA Netherlands. Before then, he was director at Aegon Netherlands, responsible for life insurance and mortgages.

AXA Investment ManagersFlorence Dard has been appointed head of France with responsibility for sales, marketing and client services. She will also become a member of AXA IM’s executive committee. Based in Paris, she will report to Christophe Coquema, global head of Client Group. Dard is to lead French sales, marketing and client services teams and will contribute to the strategic development of AXA IM across all client segments in the country. Dard joins from Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management, where she held a number of senior positions from 2010, including head of European institutional sales and sovereign wealth funds and head of French institutional sales.

Pension Insurance CorporationRob Groves has been appointed CIO at the defined benefit pension fund insurer. He joins from Friends Life, where he held a similar position. Before then, he worked at UBS, Commerzbank and Towers. Groves will have responsibility for the management of the company’s £14bn (€19.4bn) portfolio, including asset and liability management, manager selection and interest rate and inflation hedging strategies. 

Columbia Threadneedle InvestmentsMark Nichols has been appointed portfolio manager in the European equities team. He joins from F&C Investments, where he was director and fund manager in the European Equities team. Before then, he worked at Lehman Brothers and Invesco.

Aviva InvestorsEd Casal has been appointed chief executive of global real estate. Casal, who has been with the investment manager since 2008, replaces Ian Womack, who is retiring next month. Casal was previously CIO of Aviva’s real estate Multi Manager and currently holds the position of managing director of global indirect real estate. He will take up his new role next month.

Walker CripsChristine Little has been appointed operations manager for the Wealth Management and Pensions business. She joins from Ashcourt Rowan, where she was head of business quality. Prior to that, she was a pensions analyst and consultant at Pension & Benefit Services.

City NobleGavin Moffatt has been appointed an associate at the pensions and investment advisory. He was previously chairman of the SPP’s Money Purchase Committee and has worked in the consultancy and insurance sectors, providing compliance and technical support on a business-wide level.

Burges SalmonRichard Pettit has been promoted to partner in the Pensions team, effective 1 May. Pettit, who joined Burges Salmon as a trainee in 2004, advises companies and pension scheme trustees across the “full range of pensions issues”.