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People moves and appointments

Kathy Byrne has started a new venture as managing director of Askis Limited, which builds on her experience running Cardiff Pinnacle’s investment business for the past seven years.

John Russell, managing director in HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets Division, has retired. While having global responsibilities heading the insurance team in Global Markets, for the past 10 years Mr Russell was focused on the Asia Pacific region, working on projects in China, Japan, Korea and India.
In China, he worked closely with Ping An Group, in which HSBC holds a 17% stake. Mr Russell also developed a close relationship with other Chinese insurance groups and major insurers across the region.

Grigory Spivak has joined BlackRock as vice president. He will be working in the product development team based in London, creating and managing investment products. Mr Spivak has 10 years’ experience in the financial industry, both in traditional actuarial fields and in investment banking. His most recent job was with Towers Watson.

Les Owen, the former group chief executive of AXA Asia Pacific Group and former chief executive of AXA Sun Life plc in the UK, has been appointed as chairman of SolveXia Holdings Pty Ltd.
Mr Owen has nearly 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC’s)
actuarial insurance practice has made the following announcements: David Wong has been promoted to partner. Mr Wong provides advice on risk and capital specialising in Solvency II.

Alpesh Shah and Brian Paton have been promoted to director. Mr Paton started a two-year secondment to PwC’s Chicago office in August.

James Kehoe, a prominent pensions actuary, has joined Lane Clark and Peacock Ireland as senior consultant. Mr Kehoe qualified as an actuary in 1974. He took up his first professional post with Duncan C Fraser, where he later became partner. He stayed with the company through its merger with Mercer Consulting in 1986 and later became European partner at Mercer.
He is a past president of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He also served for ten years as a member of the Irish Pensions Board, having previously been a member of the Government-appointed pensions policy advisory board.

Jonathan Tilman has joined AXIS Insurance as executive vice president and chief actuary. He was previously at Towers Watson where he was European P&C practice leader.


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