People moves: Mars investment director joins Delta Lloyd as supervisor

first_imgPensioenfonds Delta Lloyd – As well as Eelens, the €3.3bn Pensioenfonds Delta Lloyd has named Peter de Groot and Jeroen Hilbrands as members of its RvT, with De Groot chairing. It has established an RvT because company pension funds with more than €1bn of assets are no longer allowed to use an external visiting committee for internal supervision.De Groot is a member of the supervisory boards of ABP and the pension fund for the Dutch regulator, DNB. Hilbrands also holds a number of board positions, including the industry schemes Waterbouw and Foodservice. He is also on the visiting committee for Blue Sky Group. BlackRock – Jens van Egmond has become head of LDI strategy for the Netherlands at asset manager BlackRock, responsible for designing, developing and supporting investment solutions for existing and potential clients. He will operate from both Amsterdam and London. Van Egmond is also a member of BlackRock’s LDI team for EMEA.Prior to BlackRock, he worked at Dutch risk manager Cardano, initially as a risk adviser based in Rotterdam and, for the past two years, as consultant to defined contribution pension plans in London. He is also a board member of the €100m Pensioenfonds Sportfondsen.Longial – Jan Niebuhr has been named managing director of the German pensions consultancy, joining from Pricewaterhouse Coopers. He moved to Longial at the beginning of November and will lead the consultancy together with Michael Hoppstädter. Mark Walddörfer, who was part of the Longial management team since 2012, will leave the company at the end of the year.Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds – Astrid Roelofs has started as operational manager at Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds, the general pension fund (APF) established by insurance company ASR. Roelofs joined from the €1.1bn Pensioenfonds Arcadis, where she was director. The pension fund placed its assets in an individual compartment at the APF as of 1 July.Cardano – The fiduciary manager has hired Dana Day to its London team as business development director. She was previously regional director for institutional partnerships at the CFA Institute. She has also worked in business development for Aviva’s global financial institutions business.CEO Kerrin Rosenberg said: “As we near the end of a successful year for the business, we are now looking ahead to what could be a challenging year for the pensions industry. During this time, an increasing number of schemes might seek support in their risk management and asset allocation decisions as the market backdrop demands a more nimble and agile approach.”Candriam – The Belgian asset manager has appointed Derek Brander as head of UK distribution – he was previously UK wholesale director. Prior to joining Candriam in 2016, he was director of UK wholesale at Natixis and has also worked as a sales manager at GLG Partners, SGAM, Aegon and First State Investments. Renato Guerriero, global head of distribution, said Candriam was “committed to the UK market” and planned to expand its presence in the country.Mirabaud Asset Management – The CHF9bn (€7.9bn) Swiss asset manager has hired Hywel Franklin as head of its European small and mid-cap equities team. He joins from UBS Asset Management, where he was a global equities manager and led its global small caps team for four years. He has also worked for New Amsterdam Partners and UBS Phillips & Drew.SAREF – Annemarie Maarse has been named as director for residential properties at asset manager Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF) as of 2019. She will be tasked with generating returns on the 28,000 units SAREF manages for its clients. She succeeds Peter Appeljan who is to retire.Maarse is to report to Nicole Maarsen, head of property at SAREF, and joins from Altera Vastgoed, where she was head of asset management for residential real estate, managing €1.1bn worth of properties. Mars, Delta Lloyd, BlackRock, Longial, Het Nederlandse Pensioenfonds, Cardano, Candriam, Mirabaud, SAREFMars Pensioenfonds – Evalinde Eelens has left her role as investment director at the Dutch pension fund of chocolate maker Mars. She has taken up a career as a board member and supervisor for pension funds.She began working for the boards of the the industry schemes for painters and private security workers in August, and has recently been appointed to the new supervisory board (RvT) of Pensioenfonds Delta Lloyd. Prior to working at Mars, Eelens was a senior investment strategist at PGGM.last_img read more

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Spring game was better than last

first_imgAnother spring game is in the books for the USC football team, and it appears there is much to look forward to when the program returns for the season in the fall. The spring period is always welcome, as it provides a small sampling of next year’s squad while briefly breaking up the very difficult eight-month period without any college football.This year was no exception, as Trojan fans across the country paid close attention to the development of underclassmen to see who might start next season. Many key players from last year dominated in the spring, demonstrating improved skillsets across the board especially on offense.Quarterback Cody Kessler, who put up great statistics last season, looks more mobile and fluid in his movements. A former high school basketball star, Kessler came into USC heralded as somewhat of a dual threat. Though no one was confusing him with Braxton Miller when he was recruited, he was evaluated as a new age quarterback and fellow quarterback recruit Max Wittek fit the more traditional drop back role.In his two seasons at the helm, Kessler hasn’t really displayed much mobility. Occasionally, he has made some big plays with his feet that show his athleticism does actually live up the hype. For the most part, however, it seems as if his bulky knee brace keeps him situated in the pocket. There is no question Kessler can move, and if he is even fleeter footed this year than he was last, it will add an entirely new dimension to the USC offense.The Trojans don’t need him to be Marcus Mariota back there, but if defenses have to respect his running ability, Steve Sarkisian’s up-tempo downhill running scheme can operate on full cylinders. Keith Price, who was the quarterback under Sarkisian at Washington, wasn’t as good of a running quarterback as his predecessor Jake Locker, but he was still a threat to run. This kept defenses honest and allowed the Huskies skill position players to excel.If Kessler can occupy the attention of an extra linebacker on every play, it can open up lanes for Justin Davis and Tre Madden, as well as seam routes for whoever ends up playing tight end, much like it did for running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin               Sefarian-Jenkins at Washington.In addition to Kessler, wide receiver JuJu Smith appears to have taken the next step in his development as a wide receiver. Smith, who dominated older cornerbacks as a freshman last season, has sharpened his route running skills and has taken over the role of number one option from departed receiver Nelson Agholor. If Smith continues to demonstrate the manic work ethic he has become known for in the past year, he will go down as one of the greatest wide receivers to play at USC.He has a rare combination of power and speed that is more impressive at his current stage of development than Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Agholor had entering their respective sophomore seasons. All three had excellent careers as Trojans and came on strong during their sophomore years. It will be interesting to see if Smith can match or eclipse their sophomore campaigns.Though Smith will be the primary target, there are a bevy of other options to also throw to. Redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell has been amazing this spring. Mitchell, who dominated the Los Angeles high school circuit at Bishop Alemany in the San Fernando Valley, has finally recovered from the ACL injury that sidelined him for a full season. If he can stay healthy, he will be a presence during the season.Flanking Mitchell will be sophomore Ajene Harris, who came on strong as a true freshman during the early part of last season. Though injuries and some troubles learning the entire playbook slowed him down, Harris is a dynamic threat who can make plays in space. As showcased in the spring game, Harris also played quarterback in high school at Crenshaw and can be used to carry out a trick play or two during the season.These are only a couple of the players who impressed during the spring. Though the team is still not at full strength, it was a promising set of practices for the future of Trojan football. One should never set their hopes too high after the spring, but it’s good to remain cautiously optimistic with the team the Trojans look to put out on the field next season.last_img read more

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