Movers & shakers: June 15

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Lesley Williams is to become the first woman to chair the National Association of Pension Funds, which represents more than 1,300 UK pension schemes holding £900bn in assets. Ms Williams, the group pensions director at Whitbread, operator of Premier Inn hotels, will succeed Ruston Smith whose two-year tenure ends in October.

BlackRock has hired Rupert Harrison, a former chief of staff to George Osborne, the UK chancellor. Mr Harrison has taken up a role as chief macro-strategist for multi-asset funds at the US asset manager.

Craig Glassner has moved to Citadel, the Chicago-based hedge fund company, as a healthcare portfolio manager from Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Rupert Harrison

Two hires for Insight Investment, which is part of BNY Mellon. Joshua Kendall joins as an ESG analyst in the fixed income research team, a new role, after moving from MSCI, the index and analytics provider. Rory Sullivan, who was head of responsible investment at Insight until 2009, is returning as a strategic adviser after working as an independent consultant.

Martin Lasance has joined Fidelity Worldwide Investment, the global asset manager, as head of institutional sales in Switzerland. Mr Lasance previously held a similar role at Franklin Templeton.

Pioneer Investments, the $242bn global asset manager, has appointed Michael Dirstine as US institutional business development officer, a newly created role. Mr Dirstine previously worked for Eaton Vance.

Russell Investments, the $272bn asset manager, has appointed Van Luu as head of currency and fixed income strategy. Mr Luu is rejoining Russell, which has been put up for sale by its owner, London Stock Exchange Group, after a spell at Norges Bank Investment Management.

Two new associate directors have landed at Hermes, the £30.1bn investment manager. Joining the Hermes EOS engagement services team are Christine Chow Knowles from Homage Consulting in Hong Kong and Jaime Gornsztejn, a board member of the Brazilian National Economic Development Bank.

Towers Watson, the consultancy, has hired Michael Garcia as a thematic investment strategist for its not-for-profit Thinking Ahead Institute. Mr Garcia worked as a strategist and portfolio manager at Nordea Investment before founding his own company, Ripple Advisors, in 2006.

Owen Scarrott is moving from Morgan Stanley to Schroders, the $474.3bn asset manager, as an equity analyst covering the materials and energy sectors, in July.

Paul Lee has joined Northern Trust’s $233bn wealth management group as a senior regional wealth adviser in New York. Mr Lee previously worked at AB Bernstein Private Wealth Management.

William Tong has moved to Waverton, the £4.6bn investment boutique, as a business development manager, from Charles Stanley.

Validus Risk Management, a specialist adviser, has opened an office in Toronto and hired Josh Macdonald as an analyst. Mr Macdonald previously worked at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

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