Daily People Moves – April 2


Bryan Wallace has been appointed Head of International Fixed Income Insurance and Pensions at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Prior to this, Wallace was an executive director, senior portfolio manager within the global fixed income, currency and commodities group.

Nicolai Tangen has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Norges Bank Investment Management. Tangen is the founder and CEO of London-based hedge-fund manager $16 billion AKO Capital LLP.

Eiji Ueda has joined Government Pension Investment Fund, Tokyo, as Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer. Most recently, Ueda was co-head of Goldman Sach’s securities division in Asia.

Carlyle has named Takaomi Tomioka and Hiroyuki Otsuka Deputy Heads of the Japan buyout advisory team. Tomioka, managing director and head of Japan consumer, retail and healthcare group, will be responsible for succession-related deals and other midcap buyouts. Otsuka is managing director and head of the firm’s general industries group. He will focus on corporate carve-outs and other large-cap buyout deals.

Chris Durack, Country Head of Australia, and Susan Soh, Country Head of Singapore, have been named as Co-Heads of Asia Pacific at Schroders. Both will retain their country head roles. Meanwhile, Noriaki Kurose has joined the firm as Country Head of Japan effective May. Before Schroders, Kurose was a managing director and board member at Pictet Asset Management Japan.

State Street Global Advisors Head of EMEA Miles O’Connor has retired from the firm. Marie-Anne Heeren, head of Continental Europe, will assume O’Connor’s responsibilities in her expanded role of European institutional distribution head.

Charlie Awdry is stepping down from his role at Janus Henderson. Awdry is a portfolio manager for the Chinese equities strategy at the firm, having begun his investment career with Gartmore in 2001 and joined Henderson, as the firm was then called, as part of the firm’s acquisition of Gartmore in 2011.

Asian equities specialist Andrew Swan is leaving BlackRock. Swan joined the firm in 2011 from JP Morgan Asset Management.

Lombard Odier Investment Managers has appointed Henk Grootveld to manage its Golden Age fund, replacing Meret Gaugler, who is leaving the firm. Grootveld joined LOIM at the start of the year.

Gregory Samorajski has been named Chief Executive Officer of Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System. Samorajski was deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, where he managed the staff of the $33.6 billion Alaska Retirement Management Board

Nick Clay has joined RWC Partners’ newly established global equity team. Clay most recently served as lead manager of the global income team at Newton Investment Management.

Matthew Peron has been appointed Director of Centralized Equity Research at Janus Henderson. Prior to this, he was chief investment officer at City National Rochdale.

Texas Municipal Retirement System has promoted Thomas Masthay to Director of Private Equity. Prior to this, Masthay was a director of real assets, which includes real estate and real return strategies. Edbert Schultz has been appointed as the new director of real assets.

Federated Hermes has appointed Dan Churchouse as Head of UK Wholesale. Churchouse has been with the firm for three years as an associate director.

Partner Jay Kahn has left Light Street to set up his own company, Flight Deck Capital. Gaurav Gupta will take over Kahn’s duties over internet and media investments.

Jean-Christophe Labbé has joined Decalia Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager. Before Decalia, Labbé was a portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Daniel Graf von der Schulenburg has been named Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure at Ardian Germany. Von der Schulenburg was previously a London-based partner at 3i, where he managed infrastructure investments in energy, telecommunications and transportation.

IBD / Capital Markets

Thomas “Todd” Gibbons has been named Chief Executive Officer of Bank of New York Mellon. Gibbons has fulfilled the role of interim CEO since September of last year. Before that, he was vice chairman and CEO of clearing, markets and client management.

Allan Bertie has joined Raymond James as Co-Head of European investment banking business. He was previously a managing director in the European M&A group at Jefferies.


Ruben Nizard has been appointed Economist for North America at Coface. Nizard joined the firm in 2016 with the Group Economic Research Department in France.

Dan Melanson has joined Willis Re as Senior Vice President and Health Practice Leader. He will join the Life, Accident and Health senior management team and be responsible for creating and executing strategies to grow the Willis Re LAH business. Melanson most recently served as a managing director, health care practice at Guy Carpenter.

Sompo International has named Michael Carroll its new Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Life Sciences for its Global Risk Solutions unit. Before moving to Sompo, Carroll spent many years of technical underwriting experience at Chubb.

Back / Middle Office

Ali Shahkarami has been named Chief Data Officer at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). In this new role, Shahkarami will be responsible for the development and delivery of AGCS’ data strategy, focusing on aligning data initiatives, tools and investments with the firm’s business and data strategy as well as the group’s data strategy. He joined AGCS in 2012 as Head of Catastrophe Risk Research.

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