Daily People Moves – 12 December

Hedge fund executive search

Asset Management

RBC Global Asset Management has created two new senior management roles appointing Ron Homer, Managing Director, Institutional Portfolio Manager and President, Access Capital Strategies to Chief Strategist of Impact Investing for the US, and Catherine Banat, Institutional Portfolio Manager as Director of Responsible Investing in the US.

Saleem Khokhar, Head of Equities at First Abu Dhabi Bank’s Asset Management group has left the bank.

Atlanticomnium has appointed Patrick Smouha as co-Manager of GAM’s Credit Opportunities Strategies.

MFS Investment Management has appointed Markus Hampel as MD for Germany. He succeeds Andrea Baron, who has moved to MFS’s Milan office to oversee the wholesale business in Italy.

Credit Suisse has appointed Emanuele Bellingeri as Italy Head of Asset Management. He joins from BlackRock ETF’s operator iShares.

Asset Manager Franklin Templeton has made two appointments to better deliver new equity strategies in China and Asia. Jason Zhu Guoqing becomes Director of Portfolio Management for China, and Yu-Jen Shih as Portfolio Manager and Deputy Director of Research for the firm’s emerging markets team.

Schroders has promoted its UK and European equities boss Rory Bateman to Head of Equities, replacing Nicky Richards who is moving to a senior advisory role.

Alken Asset Management has launched its first two funds in the fixed income space; a global convertible and an income fund for its recently-hired bond team; The Alken Fund Global Convertible managed by former JP Morgan duo Antony Vallee and Robin Dunmall,supported by Trader Antoine Marmoiton and Strategist Aymeric De Tappier.

Carmignac Partner Nick White has joined Nedgroup Investments.

BNP Paribas Asset Management has appointed Mark Lewis as Head of Climate Change Investment Research. He joins from Carbon Tracker, where he was Head of Research.

Legal and General Investment Management has appointed Robert White as Lead Manager of the UK Special Situations trust following Richard Penny’s departure at the beginning of 2018.

IBD / Capital Markets

B. Riley FBR, Inc., has appointed Adam Graf, CFA has joined the firm as Senior Mining Analyst and Managing Director in the firm’s Research division. He was previously at McKinsey & Co. as a mining and commodities expert for their proprietary market intelligence and modelling tool, MineSpans.


Sompo International Holdings has introduced a U.S team focused on cyber offerings, an enhanced cyber and professional liability product, and an expanded suite of cyber risk management services. Jeff Kulikowski, Senior Vice President, Cyber and E&O Underwriting, and Richard DePiero, Senior Vice President, U.S Cyber Product Leader, will lead the practice.

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Tom Rowley as Senior Vice President for North American Property and Matt Harvey as SVP for International Property. Rowley is a former Senior Executive at Brit Insurance, and Harvey joins from Aon.

AAXA XL’s reinsurance business has appointed Etienne Champion as Head of Underwriting Asia, International Reinsurance.

RSA Group has appointed Mark Marshall as Managing Director of its subsidiary, Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands (ICCI). He joins from RSA Group, where he was most recently Programme Manager responsible for leading RSA’s strategic response to Brexit.

COIN Re has appointed Andy Crichton as Executive Vice President.

RFIB Group has hired Kevin Stratton, a Willis Re executive as Managing Director of its specialty business that underwent a restructuring recently.

Private Banking / Wealth Management

BBVA Compass has appointed Hector Chacon to oversee their wealth management team following Giampaolo Consigliere’s move to a new role in Miami.

UBS has appointed veteran manager Jason Chandler to new Head of Wealth Management in the U.S. Christian Wiesendanger will now take full control of the investment solution platform WM IPS.

Rockefeller Capital Management has  two UBS advisors, Justin Ryan and Tom Epperson who oversaw $2.2 billion in combined assets as it aims to build out its wealth management unit.