Daily People Moves – 23 May

Asset Management

John Drahzal has been appointed by Horizon Investments as Head of Distribution, a new position. Mr. Drahzal takes responsibility for overseeing the firm’s distribution strategy, including sales, marketing and strategic account management. He will also sit on the Horizon Executive Committee and be responsible for corporate development.

Progress Investment Management Co has named Patricia Gerrick as Chief Investment Officer while Mona Williams was named President a role in which she succeeds Thurman White. Mr. White remains in the position of CEO. Ms. Gerrick who moves from  Howard University, Washington, replaces Alex Hsiao, who has resigned to pursue other interests.

Thomas Hobson (CFA) has been hired as an Associate Director, Insurance Solutions by Macquarie Investment Management. He takes responsibility for growing asset management relationships with insurers. Mr. Hobson moves from BlackRock Investment Management where he was a Relationship Manager and Head of Business Development for Retail Financial Institutions. He will report to co-Head of Client Group, Brett Wright, Macquarie Investment Management, Americas.

Plurigestion has appointed Patrick Héritier to Chief Executive Officer, a new role at the firm. Mr. Héritier will focus on strengthening Plurigestion’s Swiss business and developing its presence in the French- and German-speaking parts of Switzerland.

Alexander Burgansky has been hired as Head of Oil and Gas Research by Renaissance Capital, and will also be a Managing Director. Mr. Burgansky leaves Deutsche Bank.

Beaufort Investment Management has appointed Peter Cousins, from Brewin Dolphin, as an Investment Manager.

Mathias Marta has been hired as a Quantitative Investment Director in the Multi-Asset Investing (MAI) Structuring team. Mr. Marta will be responsible for the development of pooled and segregated pension fund solutions. He moves from the position of Senior Portfolio Manager at State Street Global Investors.

Schroders has named Daniel Imhof as Head of Global Sales, a newly created role. Mr. Imhof will be responsible for the company’s sales structure globally, their broadening product suite, and skill development within the sales team. He will report to the Global Head of Distribution, John Troiano, based in London. He moves from his position as Global Head of Portfolio Specialists with UBS Wealth Management.

 Commerce & Industry

Bravura Solutions has appointed Ramarao Velpuri as Global Head of Engineering for its executive leadership team  for its wealth management division. He becomes global lead for their software engineering and will focus on enhancing development capabilities, especially their next-generation wealth management software for superannuation, pensions, investments, platforms and life insurance, Sonata.


Maples and Calder has appointed four new Partners across its global network including Aisling Dwyer, who becomes a partner in Hong Kong.


Hedge Funds

Martin Wheatley Nearly the former Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, has joined the advisory board of Oasis Management, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund.


CQS (U.K.) has appointed Nicholas Pappas as Head of Credit to replace Simon Finch who resigned in September. Mr. Pappas moves from his role as co-CEO of Blue Mountain Capital Management’s European business. Louisa Church, a partner, becomes sole CEO and continues in her current role as Head of Client Service Advisory for Europe, the Middle East and Australia.


 IBD / Capital Markets

Gavin Chappell has been announced as Head of Loan Syndications for Australia by ANZ. Mr. Chappell who leaves Westpac will report to the Global Head of Loan Syndications, John Corrin,  and be based in Sydney.


Private Banking / Wealth Management

Lombard Odier has confirmed a number of changes to its Asian management. Vincent Duhamel, Head of Asia, becomes Chairman of their Asia Board and will relinquish his position  as Chief Executive position. Vincent Magnenat will take over the Asian CEO role on top of his current role as Chief Executive Officer, Singapore. Mr. Magnenat will still oversee the Asia private banking business from Singapore.


Investec Wealth & Investment has announced the hire of three senior investment professionals, Greg Waunford-Brown, Philip Maher and Gideon Wright from Julius Baer.


Private Equity / Direct Investment

Gianni Russello has been appointed as Managing Director at Z Capital. Mr. Russello will be responsible for private equity investment sourcing and transaction development based in Z Capital’s New York office.  He moves from his role as Managing Director in the restructuring and special situations advisory investment banking group at Oppenheimer & Co Inc.


Daniel Ingram has been appointed by Wilshire Consulting as Vice President of Responsible Investment Research and Consulting. Prior to the move he was Head of Responsible Investment for UK’s BT Pension Scheme (BTPS).


 Thomas H. Lee Partners have announced Gregory Maxon as a Managing Director, in a new position, Head of Capital Markets. Maxon will be Boston based.