Daily People Moves – 18 August


Asset Management

Joseph Hoffman has been named CEO at Mesirow Financial. The Executive team has shared this role since previous CEO, Gary Klopfstein left in 2014.

PenSam has hired Claus Jorgensen as Head of Investments. He joins from the beginning of October.

Jay Stoffel has been named to take over as Executive Director of Minnesota Teachers Retirement Association from Laurie Fiori Hacking. He is currently the Deputy Executive Director.

Two Asian equities heads in Hong Kong are set to leave global firms as Richard  Titherington CIO and Head of Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific Equities exits J.P.Morgan Asset Management and Robin Parbrook join Head of Schroders Asian equity alternatives team has announced his intention to move on.

Former Ignis Chief Economist Stuart Thomson will reunite with former colleagues Chris Fellingham, Grant Peterkin and Claude Chene when he joins Manlike Asset Management.


Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc , has named Sanjiv Vohra as co-Head of the Global Corporate Banking Division in Asia and Oceania. Vohra was previously Head of Corporate Banking, Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank.

Hedge Funds

Lewis Fellas, who left Harvard Management Co. in Boston last year, is launching Bletchley Park Asset Management at the beginning of September. Fellas is the Chief Investment Officer, and Ronnie Potel, formerly at Morgan Stanley, is Managing Partner.

IBD / Capital Markets

Michael Schoen, Head of Latin America debt capital markets at Scotiabank, has left to join biotech firm, BeiGene as Chief of Staff to the CEO.

JPMorgan Chase & Co has appointed Lan Chen (Deutsche Bank) as Vice Chairperson of their global investment banking business in China.

Andrew Salvoni has been hired as a director at HSBC to bolster their public sector coverage in Canada. Mr. Salvoni joins from Morgan Stanley where he had worked on the public sector syndicate desk.

Vassilis Karamouzis, a senior Greek investment banker at HSBC, has returned  to Greece to lead the corporate and investment bank of the National Bank of Greece.

Axa Insurance has named Jean Drouffe as CEO in Singapore.

Credit Suisse’s head of equity-linked origination for Asia Pacific Jim McDonnell is retiring.

Euler Hermes has named Clemens Philippi as CEO chief executive officer of its Asean business and Benoit Ganzmann as CEO of Euler Hermes China.

JLT Specialty London, has appointed Emilie Walsh as Head of Environmental in their Property & Casualty Team. Emilie most recently led the UK environmental underwriting team for AIG.

Private Banking / Wealth Management

Jim Duff has been appointed National Head of Banking for BMO Wealth Management’s Private Bank where he will lead the growth strategy and risk management for the national banking business.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management has appointed William “Billy” R. Gibbs as a wealth director in Seattle, Wash. Gibbs takes responsibility for business development efforts around mergers and acquisitions and business succession planning.

Thirdrock, has hired Arthur Fong a veteran Asia banker, as a Senior Client Advisor.  Martin Lim from Standard Chartered has also been appointed as a Senior Client Advisor earlier as well as Richard Lewis, Rainer Teo and Nikhil Niyogi as Client Advisors.

Private Equity / Direct Investment

Wind Point Partners has appointed Ron Liberman as Director of Investor Relations, Marketing and Communications. Mr. Liberman will take responsibility for investor relations, including fundraising, business development, marketing, and firm communications.

The Blackstone Group has hired ex-General Electric exec Steve Bolze as Head of Portfolio Operations and Asset Management for the new business.

New Sparta Asset Management has appointed Jeff Kirby as MD of its new Real Estate division that targets emerging markets.

Sellside – Sales; Trading; Structuring; Research

Macquarie has hired Ric Deverell as Chief Economist and Head of Macro Research, joining from Credit Suisse in New York.