BlackRock, National Association of Pension Funds, Univest Company, Pension Fund ING, BNP Paribas Investment Partners, JP Morgan Asset Management, Mercer, Finisterre Capital, Generali Investments Europe, Natixis, RobecoSAM, AP4BlackRock – Simon Pardoe has been appointed head of DC Proposition to develop bundled and investment-only UK workplace defined contribution services for employers and their employees. He joins from Legal & General, where he was most recently responsible for workplace savings strategy, proposition and market development.National Association of Pension Funds – Graham Vidler has been appointed head of external affairs. He joins from the National Employment Savings Trust, where he was director of communications and engagement. Before then, he worked on pensions from a variety of perspectives as a researcher at the House of Commons, policy adviser for the Association of British Insurers, head of policy at Which? and head of marketing at Norwich Union Life.Univest Company – Loek Sibbing has announced that he is to step down as chairman of the €20bn asset manager for the 80 pension funds of multinational company Unilever, on 1 June. He said he would now take on “new challenges” and that he wanted to share his experience and expertise with other companies. He said it was too early to make further announcements about the next step of his career. Pension Fund ING – The €18.5bn pension fund of banc-assurer ING has appointed Rients Prins as chairman as of 1 March. He succeeds Peter de Bruijne, who had been at the helm for five years. De Bruijne is to take on a new job outside ING. Prins has been a board member of the pension fund since 2012.BNP Paribas Investment Partners – Colin Graham has been appointed CIO and head of TAA & Research in the Multi-Asset Solutions team. He joins from BlackRock (formerly Merrill Lynch Investment Managers), where he was co‐head of the Global Multi‐Asset Strategies team. Before then, he worked as an actuarial consultant at Mercer.JP Morgan Asset Management – Stéphane Casagrande has been appointed head of institutional clients for Switzerland. He joins from BNP Paribas Investment Partners in Switzerland, where he was head of institutional sales and consultant relations. He has also held positions at ECOFIN Investment Consulting and Credit Suisse Asset Management.Mercer – Mark Rowlands has been appointed to lead sales and marketing for Mercer’s defined contribution and savings business. He joins from Partnership Assurance, where he was head of corporate partners. Prior to that, he spent seven years at AXA Corporate, where he held a number of different roles, including head of business development and head of consultant relationships and corporate partnerships.Finisterre Capital – The emerging market specialist has appointed David Burnside as a partner and head of business development. Prior to joining Finisterre, Burnside was at BlueBay Asset Management from July 2010, where he was a partner and head of alternatives. Before then, he spent seven years as head of European institutional marketing for Financial Risk Management.Generali Investments Europe – Hervé Gay has been appointed to the European Credit Research team as senior credit analyst. Before joining GIE, he was a senior sell-side fixed income credit analyst and deputy head of credit research at Société Générale in Paris.Natixis – Eric Le Brusq has been appointed global head of equity derivatives sales. He joins from LBDD Finance, a financial advisory specialist for institutional investors, where he was chief executive.RobecoSAM – Lucas van Berkestijn and Cécile Churet have been appointed as sustainability investing client specialists. These newly created positions will serve as a link between RobecoSAM’s research and product development activities and institutional clients.AP4 – Susan Linkvist has been appointed COO at the Swedish national buffer fund. She replaces Agneta Wilhelmson Karemar, who retires on 1 May but is on leave until then.
The USC track and field team spent Memorial Day weekend up north, competing in the NCAA West Regionals at Sacramento State. In the penultimate meet of the season, USC saw 20 of its athletes punch their tickets to the NCAA Championships, which take place in Eugene, Ore. next week. Junior thrower Matthew Katnik prepares to throw a shot put ball. Daily Trojan file photo.A highlight for USC last weekend was a standout performance from freshman Twanisha “TeeTee” Terry. On Saturday, she helped her team of redshirt junior Dior Hall and seniors Kendall Ellis and Deanna Hill reach the NCAA Championships for 4x100m relay, with the group running a second-best time of 43.58. Terry was far from finished. In addition, she placed second at the regionals for 200 meters, clocking at 22.74 and marking a freshman record for the Trojans. Terry had previously qualified for the NCAA Championships for 100 meters on Friday, meaning she will compete in three events in Eugene. Unlike the women’s 4x100m relay team, the men’s group had a tough day in Sacramento. Sophomore T.J. Brock, junior Raj Benjamin, freshman Zach Shinnick and sophomore Michael Norman failed to qualify for the NCAAs. The team was unable to finish, dropping the baton early in its run. Despite the setback, USC looks to make a major impact at the NCAA Championships. Freshman Chanel Brissett, sophomore Anna Cockrell, sophomore Mecca McGlaston and Hall all qualified for 100m hurdles event, with Brissett finishing second at Regionals with a stellar time of 12.86. And while the 4x100m relay group fell short, members of the team still have the chance to shine next week. Brock will compete in 100m, after finishing seventh at regionals and recording a personal record of 10.19 seconds on Thursday. Meanwhile, Benjamin turned in a strong performance in the men’s 400m hurdles. He advanced to the NCAA Championships, after placing first with a school record time of 47.98. According to USC Athletics, his time is the second-best in the world. He looks to continue his impressive times with another standout performance in Eugene. Outside of track, redshirt senior shot putter Nick Ponzio finished eighth at regionals. He’s not a stranger to the big stage, as his throw earned him a fourth-consecutive ticket to the NCAA Championships. Ponzio looks to improve upon a sixth place finish last year.On Thursday, junior Lyndsey Lopes earned a spot at the NCAA Championships for high jump, narrowly making the field with an 11th place finish in Sacramento. For senior long jumper Madisen Richards, there was much less doubt she would punch her ticket to Eugene, as she finished second in qualifying. The NCAA Championships begin June 6 and last until June 9. USC will field athletes in 28 different events.