P+, MP Pensions, Trucost, RLAM, RobecoSAM, Sabic, APG, NN Investment Partners, ITS, Aon, HSBC GAM, WTW, DalriadaP+ – The new Danish pension fund for academics P+ has appointed Anna Maria Fibla Møller as its new ESG senior manager. The fund, which was formed in November from the merger between the lawyers and economists’ pension fund JØP and the engineers’ scheme DIP, said that among other work, Fibla Møller would head up the pension fund’s human rights work and ensure external asset managers comply with its ESG policies.Møller has joined the fund from her most recent role as ESG manager at MP Pension, which covers upper secondary school teachers and psychologists, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to this, she also worked for the Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF) as environment and social sustainability advisor. P+ said that while the role Fibla Møller is taking on is not a new one, it has been adapted in connection with her appointment. Trucost – The firm, which is part of S&P Global, has added three employees to its ESG team as it continues to expand its position as a leading provider of ESG data and analytics. The newest team members, Michael Salvatico, Katie Gandy and Vivian Wendan Zheng will further strengthen S&P Global Market Intelligence’s ESG capabilities, having recently launched several key products, including Climate datasets and analytics, SDG and ESG scores.Salvatico joins us as head of ESG business development for the APAC region. He will be based in Sydney and joins from MSCI where he was executive director. He has many years of experience in working in portfolio analytics, quantitative investment analysis and ESG research.Gandy joins as a senior ESG business development manager for financial institutions in the Americas and will based in New York. She brings with her several years of experience in sustainable investing strategies and fixed income portfolio management having worked at several leading financial organisations, including Bank of America. She is returning to S&P after spending a couple of years at Merrill Lynch.Wendan Zheng joins as a senior ESG business development manager for the ASEAN region and will be based in Singapore. She has extensive experience in sustainability strategy, ESG reporting, materiality assessment, and climate change services. She has formerly worked in the sustainability team at KPMG as well as the Global Initiatives NGO. Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) – The manager has named Andrew Epsom as insurance client solutions director. Reporting into John Burke, head of institutional business, Epsom will play a lead role in developing RLAM’s insurance investment and solutions capabilities to enhance service and further grow the external insurance client base.Epsom is a senior commercial actuary with 24 years of actuarial and investment experience. He joins RLAM following five years at Mercer, where he was a principal in the insurance investment team. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Willis Towers Watson where he was co-lead of the insurance investment advisory group.RobecoSAM – The board of directors of sustainable asset manager RobecoSAM has appointed David Hrdina in the new role of business manager for Switzerland. Currently, Hrdina is head of corporate services and a member of the executive committee at RobecoSAM.The board also decided to bolster the investment management expertise at the company’s executive committee by inviting Rainer Baumann, head of investments, to join the committee. In his new role, Hrdina is to chair the executive committee, which also comprises Sandra Cafazzo, head of sales in Switzerland, and Baumann. The appointments are subject to approval by FINMA, the Swiss financial market supervisory authority.Sabic – Arnout Korteweg has been appointed as independent chair of the €2.5bn Dutch pension fund of petrochemical conglomerate Sabic as of 1 May. He has been an executive trustee at Het Nationale APF, the consolidation vehicle run by Nationale Nederlanden and its subsidiary AZL since 2016. Prior to this, he was marketing leader for the Benelux at Mercer, head of sales at Aon Hewitt as well an institutional asset manager at Robeco. Korteweg is also managing director of pension services provider Lakor.Pensioenfonds Notariaat – Tanja Stanoevska has been appointed trustee at the €3bn Dutch sector pension fund for notaries and their staff, focusing on audit. Stanoevska is also a board member at the pension fund PostNL and Reisbranche, the scheme for the travel industry. Until recently, she was risk manager at the €27bn Rabobank pension fund. Following her appointment, the eight-strong Notariaat’s board now comprises three female members.PPF APG – Wim van Manen has started as chair of the €1.4bn staff pension fund of asset manager and pensions provider APG, in a position shared with Tinka den Arend. He had been a board member representing pensioners for several years. Prior to his retirement, van Manen has been a labour conditions specialist and independent consultant. At PPF APG he will focus on costs, communication and pensions policy.NN Investment Partners – The asset manager has appointed Marco Willner as head of investment strategy. He will report to Ewout van Schaick, the head of multi-asset, and will be based in The Hague. The firm’s multi-asset team manages more than €30bn in assets under management and designs solutions to help clients achieving their investment objectives. With this new hire, the multi-asset strategy team at full capacity.Willner has more than 15 years of experience in the European asset management industry, specialising in investment strategy, asset allocation and quantitative investing. In the past, he led the strategy team of German asset manager Feri, and advised, as a strategist, the Shell pension funds. Most recently, he co-founded a Frankfurt-based asset manager that is dedicated to quantitative alternative strategies.Independent Trustee Services (ITS) – ITS has named Tegs Harding as a director, as the company continues to pursue ambitious growth plans. Harding is a qualified actuary with more than 15 years of experience in the finance and investment industry, and has previously worked for Mercer as both a strategist and an investment consultant. She has experience in all aspects of investment strategy and implementation, and particular expertise in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations within scheme strategies.Her appointment marks the third major hire of 2020 for ITS, which announced the appointment of Ian Terry as sales and marketing director, in January, and John Lovell as director of governance services, in February.Aon – The firm is strengthening its primary insurance broker management team with the appointemnt of Marcel Armon, who will head the its Germany-wide sales activities as chief commercial officer.Armon joins from the Howden Group where he was managing director of insurance solutions provider Hendricks since 2018 and of Howden Broking Group since 2019. Previously, Armon was responsible for the German business of Financial Lines Assekuradeurs Dual, also a Howden affiliate. Armon has a total of 24 years of experience in the insurance industry.Axyon AI – The AI provider for the asset management industry has appointed Elena Bittante as independent board member. Axyon AI operates in close partnership with the renowned AI and computer sciences faculty at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.Bittante brings more than 20 years of experience in banking, asset management and insurance to the Axyon AI board. She began her career at McKinsey, after which she held P&L responsibilities at Deutsche Bank and AXA. Alongside her board roles, she currently works as a management consultant.HSBC Global Asset Management – The manager has recruited Maria Ryan to the newly created role of head of institutional sales for the UK, Scandinavia and the Middle East. She will be responsible for developing and growing client relationships across the firm’s institutional businesses in those regions. She will be based in London and report to Brian Heyworth, global head of onstitutional business.Ryan brings almost 30 years’ experience in the asset management industry, most recently at DWS where she held a dual role as head of UK and head of UK and Nordics distribution. Prior to DWS, she was at JP Morgan Asset Management, in roles including client advisor in the UK institutional team and EMEA head of fixed income strategies.BC Partners – Pascal Heberling is joining the firm’s London office as a partner from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), where he was a senior member of the private equities investment team. Recruited to help lead the sovereign wealth fund’s move into direct deal-making, Heberling was later appointed a member of the executive committee of the private equities Department and named head of healthcare in 2017.Pegasus – The pensions governance business of Law Debenture has appointed George Norval as senior pensions executive. He was previously group pensions and insurance manager for Berendsen plc, now Elis UK, managing defined benefit assets worth £500m and defined contribution assets worth £100m. He was also chair to the trustees of the Irish DB pensions scheme and chair of the DC governance committee. He has also held senior pensions roles at Kingfisher Plc, NM Rothschild & Sons and The Grosvenor Group.Willis Towers Watson – Cyrille de Montgolfier is the new leader of the consultancy’s French business, Gras Savoye Willis Towers Watson. De Montgolfier takes up the position of head of France on 27 April and will be based in Paris.He has more than three decades of insurance industry. Since early 2019, he was running an insurance M&A boutique, Nemrod Finance, along with two co-partners. Before that he served as CEO of La Parisienne Assurance, a leading private insurance company in France. He also spent 16 years at AXA, and is a member of the French Conseil d’État.Anne Pullum, head of western Europe, Willis Towers Watson, said: “France is a significant and high-potential market for us, both in terms of the scale of our operations there, and because of its sizeable economy and array of dynamic multinationals. Cyrille is a highly respected leader who brings a wealth of industry knowledge and commercial skills to this critical role. He has a strong track record in engaging teams in strategies that deliver high performance and growth.”Dalriada Trustees – Alison Stewart and Paul Tinslay have joined the firm as professional trustees. Stewart was most recently a partner and national operations leader for UK Wealth at Mercer. Tinslay’s previous roles include head of pensions governance at JLT/Mercer, head of client relationship management at AFCA and head of pensions at Towry Law and Wentworth Rose.