Daily People Moves – 9 October

Asset Management

Value Partners, has moved to open an office in Kuala Lumpur as part of growing its footprint across markets. Michael William Greenall, MD of Value Partners’ South East Asia Business, will head the new office.

Natixis Investment Managers has appointed Suhail Albaz as an Executive MD and Regional Head of Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, responsible for leading the Institutional, Wholesale and Family Office business channels. He joins from Columbia Threadneedle.

T. Rowe Price has expanded its relationship management team, appointing Manon Savelkouls in the Netherlands. She joins T. Rowe Price from BlackRock.

BlackRock has responded to the growth of iShares’ wealth segment and created the role of Head of iShares EMEA Wealth, to be taken up by Peter Scharl, the former Head of iShares & Index Investments in Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe.

Jeff Hussey, Russell Investments’ Global Chief Investment Officer is stepping down from his role.

Degroof Petercam has hired Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management’s former head of convertible bonds, Laurent Le Grin, to lead a newly formed converts team based in Paris.

Vontobel Asset Management has expanded its team in Latin America, US Offshore and Iberia with two appointments; José Luis Ezcurra as Head of US Offshore and Latin American Distribution and Nabil El-Asmar Delgado as Country Sales Head Iberia.

Unigestion has appointed Didier Anthamatten as Senior Investment Manager, and promoted Nicolas Poignant to Assistant Investment Manager, within its equity derivatives team.

Union Investment has appointed Daniel Theilen as Senior Account Manager, effective 1 October 2018 on the team for major institutional clients, in particular in the Corporates and Family Offices customer group.

Capitulum Asset Management has appointed Theodor Kirschner as Fund Manager.

Tim Stevenson, Director of European Equities at Janus Henderson and co-Manager of their €1.4bn Horizon Pan European Equity fund and £230m Euro Trust, will retire in 2019.


OCBC’s Chief Marketing Officer Goh Theng Kiat will join Prudential Singapore as Chief Customer Officer, replacing Angela Hunter.

FWD Group has appointed Robert Schimek as MD and Group COO. He was most recently President and CEO of AIG’s Global Commercial Insurance business.

XL Catlin’s Insurance Operations have appointed Jonathan Moss as Portfolio Solutions Manager for Australia. He joins from Zurich Financial Services, where he was Commercial State Manager for New South Wales.

FTLife Insurance Company Limited has announced that Gerard Yang has taken up the role of CEO.

 AXA Hong Kong has appointed Yi Mien Koh as its Managing Director – Health and Employee Benefits.

AXA Hong Kong has appointed Martin Rueegg as Managing Director – General Insurance. He was previously the CEO of AXA Thailand General Insurance.

Edward Ler has been appointed as Chubb’s Country President, Korea and Soledad Muné as their new Head of International Personal Lines, Asia Pacific.

Chubb today announced two leadership appointments in their Asia Pacific business; John French, currently Country President for Australia and New Zealand, has been appointed to Senior Vice President, Head of Broker Distribution for Asia Pacific succeeding Ben Carey, who has been appointed to lead the corporate segment of the company’s international accident and health insurance business. Jarrod Hill, presently Executive Vice President, Head of Property for Chubb Overseas General, will succeed Mr. French as Country President of Australia and New Zealand.

Edward Rayfield has been appointed as Chubb’s Head of Casualty in Singapore.

Insurance industry veteran Peter Lai has announced his retirement from AXA Hong Kong where he is Chief Agency Officer. Howard Pou has been named as his replacement.

Chubb has appointed Johannes Gschossmann as Head of Financial Lines in Singapore. Prior to joining Chubb, he was at Allianz overseeing the Financial Lines operations in Singapore and Southeast Asia. 

Deepika Mathur will lead Markel International Mumbai office where they have started writing business. She joins from HDFC Ergo.

CNA Hardy exits Lloyd’s property treaty/marine hull; senior duo departs (Europe)

CNA Hardy has confirmed its plan to exit property treaty, marine hull and construction/erection all risks business on the Lloyd’s platform and is moving from four to three business units. Lloyd Tunnicliffe, Head of Property, and Patrick Gage, Chief Underwriting Officer are leaving the company at the end of the year. The remaining property business lines will merge with marine and energy creating a new property, marine and energy business unit under the leadership of Carl Day.

Broker Lockton has hired two financial services and technology experts from Citibank and Deutsche Bank for its recently launched capital markets unit; Ash Shah will become MD and Femi Ogunjumo will be Vice President at Lockton Capital Markets.

North P&I Club has appointed a new UK based underwriter and made a number of operational changes to senior underwriting roles. Tom McLoughlin joins as an Underwriter;  Following changes in the Greek underwriting team, Phil Eccleston is now the Regional Underwriting Head for Greece; In July 2019, Mike Hustler will relocate to Singapore from North’s Newcastle upon Tyne headquarters.

Broker Willis Towers Watson has hired Matt McKechnie as a Consultant to strengthen its claims consulting business.

Mark Wilson, the CEO of Aviva is stepping down from his role will be replaced temporarily by Chairman Adrian Montague while a permanent successor is found.

Private Banking / Wealth Management

REYL Overseas, has appointed René Marty as CEO to lead US business. Prior to joining Reyl Overseas, he was MD and CEO of UBS’s SEC-licensed subsidiary, Swiss Financial Advisers.

Banque Reyl has hired industry veteran René Marty from Lugano Financial Advisors, just a year after he started there.

Brooks Macdonald has opened an East Anglia office in Bury St Edmunds, which will be led by Senior Investment Director Pam Beith. She is joined by Business Development Manager Carol Hyner, who will develop relationships with local intermediaries; Assistant Business Development Manager Eleanor Cooper and Investment Manager Isobel Gingell.


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