Round-up of the latest people moves from the global investments market with additions to JLT Employee Benefits, Aon Hewitt, Northern Trust and more.
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- Antony Barker, head of pensions and chief investment officer at Santander’s UK pension fund, is set to leave the group. He joined the group in 2012 from Jardine Lloyd Thompson, where he was director of investment advisory for pension funds. He had previously held similar roles at BNP Paribas and Deloitte.
- JLT Employee Benefits has established a new “cross functional knowledge group” dedicated to servicing local government pension schemes (LGPS) in the UK. The new LGPS Assurance Team is made up of eight individuals with expertise across all areas of pensions and experience of the public sector. The individuals and their responsibilities are, Adrian Chapman, LGPS and public sector administration services director, Karen Scott, market development and client manager, Lorraine Harper, governance, Cameron McMullen and Nick Buckland, investment consulting, Steve Birks and Danny Snow, administration, Steve Jones, GMP reconciliation services and data services.
- Tiziana Perrella has been appointed to Aon Hewitt’s risk settlement group as a principal consultant. She joins Aon Hewitt after eight years with JLT Employee Benefits, where she was a principal and head of buyout services. Before this, Tiziana spent 10 years with Mercer.
- Katharine Morris has joined as head of sales for Northern Trusts Global Fund Services business in the UK. She is responsible for promoting Northern Trust’s investment operations outsourcing, fund administration and range of asset servicing solutions to UK asset managers.
- J O Hambro Capital Management announced this week that UK equities manager John Wood is to retire on 30 September this year. He joined the group in 2005 to launch its UK Opportunities fund and has led it to top-quartile performance since inception.
- Akash Rooprai has been appointed head of pensions risk management at Capita Employee Benefits. He brings over 25 years of experience through previous roles at Partnership and Mercer. He started his career down the actuarial path, before moving into bulk annuities.
- Railways Pension Scheme has named Leo George as head of sustainable ownership, replacing Deborah Gilshan who will leave to join Standard Life at the end of March. George joined the pension scheme in 2009 and has overseen asset allocation for pooled funds, thematic investment research and investment strategy.
- Northern Trust has named Penelope Biggs as its new chief strategy officer for corporate and institutional services, alongside leading the group’s global marketing.
- Andrew Douglas has joined AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) as an associate director to the asset manager’s UK institutional sales team, focusing on insurance clients. He joins from BMO Global Asset Management where he was a senior sales associate.
- Nick Stace has been appointed non-executive director to the board of the Financial Conduct Authority on a three-year term from 1 April. He is currently chief executive of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, but has held senior roles at several consumer groups, including Which? in the UK and Choice in Australia.
- Aon Hewitt has named Marlon Sahetapy as principal consultant in a new position at its global retirement and investment practice. He will be tasked with extending the company’s position in the fiduciary market in the Netherlands.
- Martin Sanders and Kees Verbaas have been appointed as the new management team for Altis Investment Management, the €50bn fiduciary management subsidiary of NN Investment Partners.
- Hymans Robertson’s board chairman John Dickson is to become senior partner at the UK pension consultancy from 1 April. He takes on the position from Ronnie Bowie. Dickson joined Hymans Robertson in 2003, going on to lead its investment consulting business. He became chair of the company’s board at the start of 2014. Bowie will continue as a partner, working with several of Hymans Robertson’s major clients, the company said in a statement. Bowie joined Hymans Robertson in 1980.
- bfinance has hired Paul Doyle as a director in its client consulting team. He joins from Kempen Capital Management where he oversaw client relationships for the Dutch firm’s UK fiduciary clients. bfinance has also hired Chelsie Doyle as senior associate within the client consulting team. The pair will work with head of consulting Sam Gervaise-Jones to expand the group’s client base in the UK and Ireland.
- Julien Fourtou, global head of multi-asset client solutions and trading and securities finance at AXA Investment Manager, will leave the firm after 17 years. He plans to pursue a “new entrepreneurial project”, according to a statement from the France-headquartered asset manager. His responsibilities will be taken on by Laurence Boone, in addition to her role as global head of research and investment strategy, from 3 April.