Week 29 September 2014: People On the Move – Asset Management

  • Former World Bank programme leader Astrid Manroth has joined Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management as head of environment and social capital within the sustainable investments platform of alternatives and real assets in Europe. She will manage and administer public-private partnership funds, having worked in openness and aid effectiveness for her previous employer.
  • Another appointment in the field of sustainable investment is that of Donald MacDonald to the board of Inflection Point Capital Management. Mr MacDonald, who is also a trustee of the UK BT Pension Scheme and chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, was founding chair of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment. At IPCM, he rejoins Paul Clements-Hunt who was the UN representative on the PRI board for six years.
  • On the other side of the world, Amundi has launched a wholly-owned subsidiary in Thailand, Amundi Mutual Fund Brokerage SecuritiesPrapatpong Weeramon will be managing director of the new company, having previously been director of financial institutions and public sector for ANZ in Thailand.
  • International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has brought Ray Schrock on board as a partner. Mr Schrock, formerly at Kirkland & Ellis, is a restructuring expert, working for private equity funds among others.
  • In the private equity world, Virginie Bourel has left Quartilium, a fund of funds, to join consultancy Triago as partner and head of strategic advisory in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
  • In the UK, the National Association of Pension Funds continues to build its Pensions Infrastructure Platform with the appointment of Mike Weston as chief executive. Mr Weston used to be chief investment officer for the DMGT plc pensions, in which role he led investment into several infrastructure funds
  • Kames Capital has brought in Adrian Hull, who used to be head of sterling trading and sales at Mizuho International, as a fixed income product specialist. The Scottish asset manager has also hired a business development manager for Scotland and the North of England, Mark Ferguson, whose last job was at Ignis Asset Management.
  • There has been a shake-up at Alliance Trust, where Ilario di Bon has stepped down as head of equities to pursue other opportunities. Peter Michaelis will take on the role of head of equities, while Simon Clements, who used to work with Alliance Trust chief executive and chief investment officer Katherine Garrett-Cox at Aviva Investors, will look after Alliance Trust plc’s equity portfolio.
  • Barclays is hoping Akshaya Bhargava, new chief executive of its wealth management business, will be able to stem the recent outflow of senior staff. Mr Bhargava was the founder of Infrahedge, a hedge fund platform bought by State Street last year.
  • Schroder Property is expanding with the creation of two property analyst roles in its global property securities team. Jon Consolo joins from Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management and will be based in London, while Ryan Bennett joins from Zelman & Associates and will work in New York.” source: ft.com

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