Torsten Slok has joined Apollo Global Management as Chief Economist. Prior to this, Slok held the same role at Deutsche Bank where he stayed for 15 years.
Ostrum Asset Management and La Banque Postale Asset Management are forming a joint entity to merge their fixed income and insurance-related asset management businesses. Philippe Setbon, Chief Executive Officer of Ostrum Asset Management, will lead the future entity. Meanwhile, Mathieu Cheula, who will join La Banque Postale AM’s management board, will take the role of Deputy CEO.
Former Newton fund manager Naomi Waistell has joined Polar Capital as a Co-Manager for the firm’s Polar Capital Emerging Market Stars fund’s ESG credentials. Most recently, Waistell was a fund manager in the emerging market and Asian equities team at Newton Investment Management.
Principal Real Estate Investors has hired John Kropke as a Managing Director focusing on the firm’s U.S. and Europe real estate operating company business. Before that, Kropke was a partner at the Townsend Group.
Miranda Beacham has been promoted to Senior Responsible Investment Manager at Aegon Asset Management. Beacham has been working at Kames Capital since 1995 and co-founded the UK responsible investment team.
Elaine Gordon, head of institutional business of Artemis Investments Management, has announced her retirement after serving for 15 years. Victoria Heffer has been named as her replacement. Heffer joined the firm in 2009 from Capital Group.
Paul Jefferies has been appointed as a Director for institutional clients at Unigestion. Prior to joining Unigestion, Jefferies was at Robeco where he advised UK and Ireland-based institutional investors.
Private Banking / Wealth Management
Marc van de Walle has been named Global Wealth CEO at Standard Chartered. Walle previously held the post of head of wealth management at OCBC and global head of product of Bank of Singapore.
Iris Eberhard has joined Credit Suisse Private Bank as Market Area Head of Germany and Austria. Eberhard is the former head of asset management strategy and head of products and strategic partnerships at UBS.
Amanda Blanc has been named Aviva’s new Chief Executive Officer. Blanc was previously CEO, EMEA and global banking partnerships at Zurich Insurance.