Legal & General – L&G’s bulk annuity and longevity insurance business has appointed John Towner in the new role of head of origination. He joins from Redington, where he advised both pension trustee boards and corporate sponsors on their investment, funding and risk-management strategies. Before then, he worked at Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank.Mercer – Uwe Buchem has been named business leader for retirement at the consultancy’s German, Austrian and Swiss (DACH) business. He is replacing Mercer’s regional chief executive Achim Lüder, who stepped down from the role to focus on his other responsibilities. Buchem joined Mercer in 2002 and, in 2004, was promoted to market leader for Germany for health and benefits. He began his career at insurance group Debeka and internet insurance business Censio.Monument Group – The investment fund placement agent has appointed Karl Adam as director in the London office. He will have investor coverage responsibility for German-speaking Europe and some UK-based investors, focusing on building relationships with new institutional investors and general partners in the region. He joins from Citi Private Bank, where he was vice-president. Aviva Investors – Louise Kay has been appointed global head of sales. She will be responsible for leading global sales efforts across institutional and wholesale, including global consultants. Kay has held senior roles at Standard Life Investments and Aegon Asset Management UK.KNEIP – Keith Dingwall has been appointed to the new role of head of new business. Before joining KNEIP, he worked for 13 years at State Street Bank and International Financial Data Services in Luxembourg. Before then, he worked for a decade in JP Morgan Asset Management’s operations in the UK and Luxembourg.Pemberton – The independent asset management group, backed by Legal & General and focused on private debt and direct lending, has appointed Jürgen Breuer to head its operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Breuer previously established and led leverage and acquisition finance businesses for Dresdner Bank and West LB in Germany.Comgest – Arnaud Cosserat has been appointed CIO, succeeding Vincent Strauss, who will remain chief executive at the asset manager. Cosserat joined Comgest in 1996 as a portfolio manager covering European equities. He has spent the past two years in the position of deputy CIO.Kames Capital – Mark Benbow has been appointed to the fixed income team as an investment analyst. He joins from Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, where he was an analyst on the global equities team.Invesco PowerShares – Michael Huber has been appointed to the newly created role of business development director for Germany and Austria. Previously, he covered institutional clients for Luxembourg-based asset manager Assenagon. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs Group. ING Investment Management, Cardano Risk Management, Schroders, KAS Bank, Aegon Asset Management, Legal & General, Redington, Mercer, Monument Group, Aviva Investors, KNEIP, Pemberton, Comgest, Kames Capital, Invesco PowerSharesING Investment Management – Bart Oldenkamp has been appointed to the Integrated Client Solutions team at ING IM, soon to become NN Investment Partners. The manager said Oldenkamp would focus on strategic business development, working with institutional clients as well as the investment management teams to “optimise” ING IM’s solutions offering. He joins from Cardano Risk Management, a specialist risk and investment management boutique based in the Netherlands and the UK, where he was a member of the management board. Before then, he held various positions at ABN Amro Asset Management in Amsterdam and Chicago.Schroders – Theo van der Meer has been appointed senior adviser in the Netherlands. He will focus on providing specific pension scheme guidance and governance to Schroders’ institutional clients in the region. Prior to joining Schroders, he held the position of managing director within global distribution at Barclays in London. He has also held senior roles at Fidelity, Vanguard, NIB Capital, Robeco and AMRO Bank.KAS Bank – The custodian has appointed Alexander van Ittersum as market manager for the pension fund markets in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. His responsibility is to increase activities in core markets by identifying market trends and customer needs, and translating them into new products. Before joining KAS, Van Ittersum worked at Aegon for six years, initially as product development manager with Aegon Global Pensions’ cross-border asset pooling, and later as proposition manager with Aegon Asset Management. Before joining Aegon, he was product manager for Robeco and relationship manager at Euronext.
Reily Township, OH— A 13-year-old boy was killed in an accident in Reily Township on Tuesday afternoon.According to the Butler County Sheriff”s Office, the teen was a passenger in a silver Hyundai backing out of a private drive on Hamilton Scipio Road when they failed to yield to oncoming traffic and were struck.John McClure of Hamilton, Ohio was driving a GMC Sierra truck down Hamilton Scipio Rd., and hit the side of the Hyundai as it backed out of the drive. The 18-year-old driver of the Hyundai was transported to McCullough-Hyde Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, but the 13-year-old passenger was killed in the crash.There have been no charges filed, and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is still pending.The 13-year-old was a student at Harrison Jr. School in Harrison OH.Christian Tracy, principal at Harrison Jr. School addressed students and parents on twitter Wednesday in regards to the availability of grief counselors at the school to help. Tracy urges anyone with questions or concerns to contact him at the school at 513.367.4831.
Press Association He was in no doubt the West Ham win was deserved, but was also keen to stress that the result had been the most important thing. And he added: “I would love to be a lucky manager whose team plays c**p and wins. “But we have not been that, and I think that is because the level and technical ability of sides you are playing against in the Premier League doesn’t allow you to do that too often.” Pearson had declared himself “very pleased” with the way his players approached Saturday’s match, but also said: “We probably played better against Spurs. “We have been playing well but what we have not been able to do is achieve three points and that is always going to be the big ask at this level. “Now we have to make sure that, when the players refocus themselves from the West Ham game and result, we plan for the next game. That is how it is.” Leicester are six points adrift of safety with eight games left to play – one more than all the other clubs in the relegation battle. And Pearson said: “It would be a pretty grumpy man who wouldn’t let his players enjoy winning. But the reality is that we all know the situation we are in. The Foxes, the Barclays Premier League’s bottom side, beat West Ham 2-1 at home on Saturday to give their bid for survival a much-needed boost. It was the first time they had secured maximum points in nine attempts and Pearson believes his men’s efforts have warranted far more than they have yielded of late, with the 4-3 loss at Tottenham on March 21 being a particular case in point. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson admits he would be happy to see his team putting in “c**p” performances if victories came with it. “The key factor in all this is to get the balance right between being able to enjoy successes, but also understanding why we have been a success and where in other games we have come unstuck.” Pearson’s opposite number Sam Allardyce feels Leicester’s performances show they have the quality to stay up. Asked if he thought the Foxes had enough to survive, the West Ham manager said: “I don’t think they’ve shown anything other than enough – they just haven’t got the results.” Allardyce’s own team – ninth in the table – have had little joy on the results front themselves recently, with Saturday’s loss meaning they have now won only once in nine league fixtures. Their fate was sealed at the King Power Stadium by a close-range finish from substitute Andy King in the 86th minute of a contest which looked throughout as if it could go either way. Cheikhou Kouyate cancelled out Esteban Cambiasso’s fine 12th-minute opener for the hosts by firing in around the half hour mark, and the Hammers midfielder also hit the post in the second half, while Allardyce’s men weathered plenty of attacks at the other end. They almost found themselves 2-0 down early on, with goalkeeper Adrian coming to their rescue as he saved David Nugent’s 15th-minute penalty by diving to his left. And the Spanish stopper has revealed not only that he was confident he knew beforehand which way Nugent would shoot – but also that he let the Leicester forward know as much as he stepped up to take the spot-kick in an effort to unsettle him. “Every time, the day before, I watch the strikers on video,” Adrian said. “I know where they strike the ball. His best side was that side. “I told him before the penalty that I knew that. I tried to make him nervous. “It was unlucky for him that I saved the penalty.”