Daily People Moves – September 9


Nick Granger is joining Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO) as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for quantitative analytics in the first quarter of 2020. Reporting to the chief investment officer for asset allocation and real return, Granger will manage the firm’s quantitative investment team, working alongside the firm’s 255 portfolio managers. Granger previously served as Chief Investment Officer at Man AHL.

Cohen & Steers has hired Daniel P. Charles as Executive Vice President and Head of Global Distribution. Before that, he was head of global distribution at William Blair.

Schroder Investment Management has appointed Chief Executive Officer for Asia Pacific Lieven Debruyne as its new Global Head of Distribution. Debruyne will replace John Troiano who is retiring at the end of the year.

Jean-Luc Hivert has been appointed Global Head of Investment at La Française Asset Management. He will assume the role of CIO for all securities asset classes. Hivert joined the firm in 2001 as a managing director.

Wells Fargo Asset Management has named Vincent Lu Co-Head of Private Strategies. Before moving to WFAM, Lu was a managing director and senior investment professional at Blackstone Group’s credit business, GSO Capital Partners.

David W. Phillips has joined Parametric Portfolio Associates as a Director for liability-driven investment strategies. Phillips was a former director for client strategy and research/risk analytics at Russell Investments.

Kenneth M. Shimberg has joined Strategic Investment Group as a Managing Director for the firm’s relationship management team. Most recently, Shimberg was chief investment officer for outsourced CIO services at Mercer.

Michiel von Saher has joined Angelo Gordon as a Managing Director, European Performing Credit. He joins from PGIM Fixed Income where he was managing director and head of the European credit research team.

Greg Kok and Robert Burchett-Coates have joined BNY Mellon Asset Servicing’s EMEA Private Markets team as Director, Private Equity, Real Estate, Debt and Infrastructure and Director, Private Equity, Real Estate and Infrastructure respectively. Kok previously worked at Maitland where he was head of management company services. Prior to BNY Mellon, Burchett-Coates was a director at an independent trust, fiduciary and fund service specialist.

Manulife Investment Management has appointed Myron Zhu as Head of Private Markets for Asia. Zhu previously served as co-head of private equity for Asia-Pacific at Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Pru Life UK Philippines is debuting its fund management business by the end of October. The new trust unit will initially offer feeder funds in partnership with affiliate global asset manager Eastspring Investments. The Philippine unit of British insurance giant Prudential plc holds a license to create a new stand-alone trust corporation called Pru Life UK Asset Management and Trust Corp. (PAMTC) which is headed by President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio de Rosas.

IBD / Capital Markets

UBS has announced recent leadership changes within its investment banking business: Ros Stephenson and Javier Oficialdegui will be put in charge of investment banking, which includes advising on corporate takeovers and raising funds through stock and bond sales. The combined trading unit will be led by Jason Barron, Head of Equities, and George Athanasopoulos, who runs the foreign exchange, rates and currencies business.


Willis Re has promoted Franck Pinette to lead the firm’s International Life & Health Practice. Pinette joined the firm in 2018 as managing director for EMEA Life & Health.

Adam Wickens has joined Marsh as Digital Asset Leader. Most recently, he was a senior underwriter at MS Amlin. Brian Warszona has also joined the fimr as Cyber Growth Leader in the UK Financial & Professional Practice of Marsh JLT Specialty. Warszona served as Divisional Director at Willis Towers Watson.

Leo Grepin has been promoted to Asean President at Sun Life. Grepin takes over the role from Claude Accum who will retire at the end of the year. Grepin will become responsible for Sun Life’s fastest growing business pillar encompassing life, health and wealth management businesses in seven Asian markets: China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam – as well as the international high net worth business.

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