Appointments and moves
Legal & General has expanded its buyout team with three new senior hires. Barbara Morrison, has been appointed head of installations. Ms Morrison has worked in the consultancy environment for over 20 years, most recently for PricewaterhouseCoopers and LCP.
Julian Hobday and Ben Johnson, have joined L&G's pensions buyout sales team. Mr Hobday has worked as an actuarial consultant at Watson Wyatt for the past five years. Prior to that he worked for another global HR consultancy. Mr Johnson joins from KPMG where he advised a range of corporate pension clients primarily on scheme funding and liability management.
L&G has also appointed Joseph Lu, as mortality risk actuary within its annuity business, leading the analysis of mortality/longevity trends. Mr Lu rejoins L&G having spent two years working for pension buyout start-up Synesis. In addition, L&G has appointed Tim Thornham as head of systems and development, in its UK reporting centre. For the past 10 years, Mr Thornham has worked at Classic Solutions and as a principal at Tillinghast, helping clients around Europe and the US to install and run the latest actuarial software.
Buck Consultants has announced that Mark Stocker has joined as principal and senior consulting actuary. Mr Stocker joins Buck from Lane Clark & Peacock LLP, where he was a partner. He currently serves on the Council of the Institute of Actuaries and is a member of both the Pensions Practice Executive Committee and Qualifications Executive Committee. Prior to LCP, he worked for Mercer for 19 years.
MetLife has appointed Dan DeKeizer as chief executive officer of its UK pension liability transfer business. Mr DeKeizer previously held a senior executive role within MetLife's retirement strategies group in New York. Peter Jauhal has been appointed to the main board of directors at Winton Capital Management, a $16bn hedge fund based in London. Mr Jauhal has also been appointed chief administrative officer (research). His main role is to implement strategies that enable the company to grow more effectively.
BlueCrest Capital Management has hired Richard Williams as one of the founding principals of a new division called Alignment Investors. BlueCrest said the new division has been set up to provide institutional investors with lower risk, absolute return strategies focused on fixed income. Mr Williams started his career as a consulting actuary prior to working as a fixed income researcher at Deutsche Bank. In 1995 he joined Fischer Francis Trees and Watts where he later became chief investment officer.
Mark Schneider and Martin Sher, previous owners of Classic Solutions and formerly managing principals at Tillinghast Software Solutions, have started a new business, SolveXia.com, developing insurance-focused, internet-based risk management software.
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