People moves: Willis Towers Watson names sales head for OneDB

first_imgPrior to this, he was senior sales consultant at JLT Benefit Solutions, which followed a decade spent at Aon Consulting in various roles, where he was responsible for client satisfaction, client development and new business opportunities.OneDB brings together the suite of WTW’s technology, intellectual capital and innovation services and expertise, creating a joined-up strategy that reduces risk, controls cost and improves service for trustees and members, through a single provider.Gareth Strange, head of OneDB at WTW, said: “The launch of OneDB has provided trustees and corporates with a radical approach to managing largely legacy-defined benefit liabilities. Appointing James Lewis as a business development leader ensures we can support a significant growth in the number of clients and show prospects the value OneDB can bring to them and their members.”Pensioenfonds Horeca en Catering – René Rijk has joined the €12bn Dutch pension fund for the hospitality industry as an investment manager. He joined from TKP Investments, where he had worked for more than 10 years, primarily in real estate portfolio management. His role at Pensioenfonds Horeca en Catering covers all asset classes the pension fund allocates to – from equities, bonds and alternatives such as real estate and private equity. The pension fund invests entirely via external asset managers. Nuveen – Jose Minaya, the asset manager’s president, has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer effective 13 January next year, when current CEO Vijay Advani becomes executive chairman. Minaya was named president of Nuveen, the investment manager of US pension fund TIAA, in June this year. He joined TIAA in 2004, became leader of Nuveen’s real assets business in 2015, leader of all of Nuveen’s global investments organisation in 2016, and then CIO in 2018. As CEO, he will lead the firm’s day-to-day operations, help set strategy in partnership with Advani, drive key initiatives and chair the Nuveen executive committee. As executive chairman, Advani will specifically concentrate on three key growth areas: impact and ESG investing; the further development of Nuveen Labs; and growing Nuveen’s business and investment capabilities outside the US.ABN Amro Pensioenfonds – The €29bn pension funds of Dutch ABN Amro bank has named Marcel Verheul as chairman of its executive board as of 1 February. He is to succeed Mattijs Hooglander, who had chaired theboard since the departure of Geraldine Leegwater last year. Currently, Verheul is director client relations at pensions provider AZL. He worked at provider PGGM between 2006 and 2015, the last five years of which he was director of institutional relations.Heineken Pensioenfonds – Olaf Flippo has started as director of the €3.8bn Dutch pension fund of Heineken, succeeding Frank de Waardt who has taken retirement after 20 years in the job. During the past nine years, Flippo has been Global Director Rewards at Heineken, also responsible for pensions. Between 1997 and 2003, he was acturial adviser at consultancy PwC. He has also been chairman of the pension fund’s accountability body.Syntrus Achmea – Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF) has appointed Daan van der Werf as Director Investor Relations as of 1 January 2020, responsible for account management, business development, marketing and communication. He is to succeed Philip Hosman who left for Altera Vastgoed. Van der Werf is to join from Triodos Investment Management, where he is temporary head of business development and investor relations. Prior to this, he worked at Delta Lloyd AM, Kempen CM and ABN Amro AM.Avida International – The firm has appointed Patrick Woods as head of commercial development based in the UK. Having commenced his career lecturing in Economics at the Dundalk Institute of Technology Business School, Woods joined Standard Life’s Irish investment team in Edinburgh in the mid-1990s, initially as economist and equities analyst. Over the subsequent decade he went on to manage multi-asset portfolios joining the organisation’s global asset allocation committee. Following a period where he was responsible for the management of Standard Life Investments Irish business, he was tasked with establishing the organisation in Europe. He achieved considerable success, with the firm becoming a leading asset manager in the Dutch institutional marketplace. More recently, he has been responsible for the management and development of key relationships incorporating clients in North America and Scandinavia.PGIM – The $1.3trn (€1.2trn) global investment management business of Prudential Financial, has made three hires into its Institutional Relationship Group (IRG), all reporting to Cameron Lochhead, global head of IRG. IRG is dedicated to deepening strong relationships with chief investment officers and senior investors at global institutional clients and continuing to grow PGIM’s reputation for superior client service.In Europe, IRG has expanded its local presence with two senior additions to the team. Stephen Oxley has joined as managing director based in London, responsible for continental Europe and Middle East client coverage, while Udo von Werne, also a managing director, based in Zurich, is responsible for the DACH regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.Oxley joins from PAAMCO Prisma (formerly Pacific Alternative Asset Management Co.) where he was for 16 years, most recently as vice chairman and partner, heading up PAAMCO’s European office and working with clients across Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that he was a senior investment consultant at Watson Wyatt.Von Werne was previously at Nikko Asset Management where he was chief executive officer for the EMEA region, based in London, and prior to that was head of institutional clients, Continental Europe, at Pictet Asset Management for 15 years, based in Zurich. Previously, he held senior roles at Zurich Financial Services and UBS in Zurich. He replaces IRG’s Wolfgang Sussbauer, who becomes head of Germany & Austria at PGIM Fixed Income, based in PGIM’s Munich office.In the US, Keshav Rajagopalan has joined IRG as institutional client director, working with clients across the US and Canada, as well as leading a number of global strategic initiatives. He joins from PGIM Investments, the global manufacturer and fund distributor of PGIM, where he was co-head of the ETF business having spent the last three years spearheading the firm’s entrance into the space. Prior to joining PGIM Investments, he spent several years on the PGIM corporate strategy team supporting senior leaders across the business on various strategic priorities. Earlier in his career he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.VvV – The Dutch Association of Insurers (VvV) has appointed Geeke Feiter-van Heuvelen as director, in addition to the executive team comprising chair Richard Weurding and Harold Herbert. Feiter-van Heuvelen has ample experience in the insurance industry, having been responsible for private claims in the Netherlands and Belgium at Nationale Nederlanden. She has also been active in the distribution of insurance across intermediaries and banks. For the past two years, she has headed the advisory and executive centre for safe living (Centrum Veilig Wonen) in the area in Groningen affected by earthquakes as a consequence of gas mining.Bouwinvest – The €12bn Dutch property investor Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors has named Gabriëlle Reijnen as a member of its supervisory board (RvC). She has more than 25 years of management experience, spanning client and portfolio management, finance and risk at a wide range of organisations, including large multinationals and start-ups, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Reijnen has been managing director at ABN Amro and Alvarez &Marsal, as well as head of corporate coverage and a member of the management board at the Dutch branch of Royal Bank of Scotland. She has also held RvC positions at Aegon Bank, Aspen Oss and Beter Bed Holding. With her appointment, the RvC – also comprising Jos Nijhuis, Jos van Lange and Wendy Verschoor – is now complete.Dalriada Trustees – Independent professional trustee services firm Dalriada has appointed Charles Ward as a professional trustee. He joins from the pensions advisory team at PwC and will be based in Dalriada’s Birmingham office. He is a qualified actuary with almost 25 years of experience in advising companies and trustees on long-term pension scheme strategy and innovative funding, investment and benefit design projects. Prior roles with leading institutions including PwC, KMPG and Mercer have included work on a range of complex restructuring situations for distressed sponsors, implementation of member options exercises, Pension Protection Fund levy management advice and numerous corporate transactions, including clearance applications to The Pension Regulator.Pensions for Purpose – Alex Noble has joined the platform on a part-time basis to support co-founders Karen Shackleton and Stephanie Windsor. In the financial sector she has worked at institutions such as Gartmore, Bankers Trust and Lazard and Standard Chartered Equitor, and through her own company she provides advisory services to pension fund trustees, sponsors, fund managers and consultants. Other roles include chairing Future-Fit Ltd.Pensions for Purpose said her appointment followed “exceptional growth in its business”. It said it now had 66 “Influencer” members (asset managers, law firms and consultants) posting content on the online platform about ESG, sustainable and impact investment, and 80 “Affiliate” members (asset owners and their advisers).Insurance & Pension Denmark/Industriens Pension – Laila Mortensen, the chief executive officer of labour market pension fund Industriens Pension, has been elected as the new chair of the supervisory board of sector association Insurance & Pension Denmark (IPD, Forsikring & Pension). At the lobby group’s annual meeting in Copenhagen today, Anne Mette Toftegaard and Allan Polack – the ceo of LB Forsikring and PFA Pension, respectively – were also voted in as deputy chairs. Willis Towers Watson, Mercer, Nuveen, ABN Amro, Heineken, Syntrus Achmea, Avida International, PGIM, VvV, BouwinvestWillis Towers Watson – The consultancy has appointed James Lewis as head of sales for OneDB, its integrated actuarial, administration and investment pension service.Lewis will be responsible for supporting the delivery of OneDB to new clients, in response to a significant growth in demand from trustees and corporates seeking an integrated service for their defined benefit (DB) pension scheme journey and business plan.Lewis joins from Mercer, where he spent nine years as senior sales leader, responsible for the sale and marketing of services across the business, leveraging both internal and external relationships.last_img read more

P150-K ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Suspected shabuweighing about 15 grams valued at around P150,000 was seized in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay 5, Victorias City, Negros Occidental. Aside from suspected shabu, a P3,550cash and two cellphones were also confiscated from them around 3:30 p.m. onMonday, the report added. The suspects were detained in thelockup cell of the Victorias City police station, facing charges for violationof Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img The 41-year-old Marvin Baranda and42-year-old Vincent Oliver Sim yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a policereport showed.last_img read more

9-Year-Old Girl Dies in Head-on Crash in Loxahatchee

first_imgThe crash occurred Monday night at State Road 7/441 and 54th Street.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, the victim, identified as Coral Skye Smits, was riding in a vehicle with Kymberlee Ann Mitala of Loxahatchee. The relationship between the two individuals is not clear in the report.However, investigators say that Mitala failed to stay in her lane and swerved into oncoming traffic. The Subaru she was driving collided head-on with another car, driven by a man from Greenacres.Coral Skye, who celebrated her birthday three weeks ago, died at the hospital.Mitala and the second driver both wore seat belts.Charges are still pending, according to the crash report. A 9-year-old girl was killed this week in a crash in Loxahatchee, just weeks after her birthday.last_img read more

Women’s hockey team prepares for weekend road match

first_imgFor every series the No. 3 Wisconsin women’s hockey team has played this season, there have always been questions, some nagging doubts as to how well the Badgers can perform. And every series, the Badgers answered those questions with victories.This past weekend, the question was whether the Badgers could defeat long time conference rival and WCHA powerhouse Minnesota. Coming into the series with a deplorable 4-23-2 record against the Golden Gophers, one had to wonder if the Badgers would fall short again.The Badgers responded with a convincing sweep on the road, the first time Wisconsin had ever swept Minnesota. It was also the third time the Golden Gophers had been swept at home. The Badgers shutout the Gophers 2-0 Friday evening and won by a score of 6-2 Saturday evening.Wisconsin is now 11-1 on the season and is one of the most dominating teams in its conference.With a prolific offense and a stifling defense, there are few questions about Wisconsin being an elite team. The Badgers have shown that their success is not a fluke. And there are no obvious holes in what seems to be a very well rounded team.Veteran players such as Sharon Cole, Sara Bauer, Bobbi-Jo Slusar and Jinelle Zaugg continue to provide plenty of offense. However, there had been a question of forward Nikki Burish. Going into the series against Minnesota with just two assists, there was the question of why Burish was in a scoring slump.”You look at statistics and say ‘what kind of year is she having?'” head coach Mark Johnson said prior to the series against Minnesota. “But you look at face-offs, you look at penalty killing, you look at plus minus and how she’s playing in a lot of key situations … late in games and late in periods. [Burish] has done a lot of good things.””She’s getting a lot of chances, unfortunately the puck is hitting the goaltender, missing the net or hitting the post,” Johnson continued. “When you look at [the Nov. 9 game against Minnesota State], she probably could have had four or five goals just in that game. Hopefully, she can get on a bit of a hot streak. I think she’s playing pretty well.”Burish answered the question of her scoring drought early in the first period during Saturday’s game, giving her a goal and two assists.Key freshman such as Erica Lawler, Angie Keseley and Tia Hanson are also doing well to contribute to the offense. The three are among the top seven freshman point scorers this season, with Keseley leading the way with six goals and six assists.I just go out there every shift and work as hard as I can and see what I can do,” Lawler said of adjusting to college hockey. “Whatever happens, happens. I try not to think about things too much, I just try to be aggressive.”The Badgers will face Dartmouth and New Hampshire this weekend at the Dartmouth Tournament in Hanover, N.H. Both teams are undefeated against Wisconsin.Dartmouth is 3-0 against the Badgers while New Hampshire holds a record of 3-0-1 against the Badgers.Dartmouth is 4-4 this season and has accumulated 17 goals and allowed 18 goals in all eight games. The Dartmouth Big Green is lead on offense by Shannon Bowman, Danielle Grundy and Tiffany Hagge, who have nine, nine and eight points, respectively.The New Hampshire Wildcats’ offense is lead by Nicole Hekle, who was named as Hockey East’s offensive player of the week. She has five goals and 10 assists on the season, and had a hat trick against Northeastern this weekend. The Wildcats have scored 44 goals in just nine games this season and hold a record of 7-2.last_img read more

Raiders release veteran CB Prince Amukamara

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US First Published: 1st September, 2020 07:03 IST Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 07:03 IST Raiders Release Veteran CB Prince Amukamara The Las Vegas Raiders released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Monday and will instead go with unproven players in the secondary Written By COMMENTcenter_img The Las Vegas Raiders released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara on Monday and will instead go with unproven players in the secondary.Amukamara was signed as a free agent to provide a veteran presence in the secondary across from second-year cornerback Trayvon Mullen. He started 99 games over nine seasons with the Giants, Jacksonville and Chicago but had been surpassed in practice by rookie Damon Arnette.The Raiders will plan to start the season with Arnette and Mullen as the starting outside cornerbacks. Mullen fared well in 10 starts last season as a rookie. Arnette was drafted 19th overall in April out of Ohio State.“I just think they are two young corners that can cover,” defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said earlier in camp. “They’ll tackle and they are not afraid to hit. They are going to make these corners tackle in the NFL and that’s what they’ll do. … It’s an exciting time. It’s really how you want to do it, is bring young guys in without having bad habits, teaching your system, teach your techniques, your schemes and all those things. It’s exciting to have two young corners that can do that. So, hopefully they’ll be a tandem for years to come.”There is not much experience behind Mullen and Arnette either. Isaiah Johnson and Keisean Nixon combined for just 52 snaps on defense as rookies last season, and Amik Robertson, Dylan Mabin and Madre Harper have yet to play in the NFL.Slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner has played 81 games over six seasons but is not in the mix outside. Nevin Lawson does have some experience playing outside but will be suspended for the season opener Sept. 13 at Carolina.The Raiders also are expected to have another untested starter in the secondary where Johnathan Abram is slotted to start at strong safety. Abram injured his shoulder midway through the season opener of his rookie campaign last year and was placed on injured reserve.The Raiders have had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL in recent seasons. They have allowed opposing quarterbacks to post a passer rating of more than 100 in each of the past three seasons. They ranked second worst in 2019 with a 103.8 rating against.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News last_img read more

New online map of free WI-Fi hotspots helps residents lacking internet access

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLANSING, MICH. The State of Michigan, in partnership with the Connected Nation Michigan, released a statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map today to assist residents who currently lack internet access at home. The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote and distance learning has only increased the need for residents and students to have easy access to broadband services. The Wi-Fi mapping effort, spearheaded by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Connected Nation Michigan, along with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and the Michigan Department of Education, is an interim step amid the coronavirus pandemic to spotlight publicly available broadband hotspots for households without internet access. “This pandemic has shown a real need to tackle the barriers of access, adoption, and affordability to fully enable the opportunities that the internet makes possible,” Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said. “If we are going to close the internet gap, we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can in the interim to expand access to existing broadband options for communities where it’s not readily available or affordable.” “We know that more work must be done to ensure residents and students throughout the state have accessible and affordable broadband internet service,” said MPSC Commissioner Tremaine Phillips. “Making these Wi-Fi hotspot locations easily available is an important bridge to increasing the accessibility of these critical services during this difficult time.” “While public Wi-Fi hot spots are not a replacement for home connectivity, they are essential for those needing connectivity during a time when education, work, and healthcare are relying more and more on online platforms,” said Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connected Nation Michigan. “These public and private locations are helping Michiganders stay connected.” Lack of broadband internet access and affordability are issues in Michigan and across the country, particularly for people living in rural areas and for communities where there is persistent poverty. Michigan providers were recently awarded $22.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Broadband ReConnect Program aimed at expanding broadband access to unserved rural areas. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, awarded more than $1.8 million from the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to help health care providers offer connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations. There are several active programs and grants centered on increasing investment in and access to broadband in Michigan. DTMB is now administrating the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) Grant Program, which will award $18 million in grants for projects that extend broadband service into unserved areas in Michigan. In addition, under the federal CARES Act, which Congress approved as a stimulus amid the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan received nearly $390 million under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to support local school districts to help with the impact COVID-19 has had on the elementary and secondary schools. These funds can be used for allowable activities to assist in continuing to provide education services, including supporting remote learning by helping to reduce the digital divide. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is also applying for additional competitive federal funding to help reduce the number of students who lack access to broadband internet. “Because home is now a more obvious extension of school, we need to narrow and ultimately eliminate the digital divide. While many school districts have provided devices, this online map of Wi-Fi hotspots is a great free resource for students, parents, educators, and others,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Much more needs to be done, especially with connectivity, which is very expensive or inaccessible in more remote areas. As supporters of children, we need to make this resounding case to Congress to provide more federal funding to help us close the digital divide.” According to the MDE, more than 70 percent of the state’s students report using internet-enabled devices at home for schoolwork. But more than 28 percent of students live in homes without internet access that can support virtual learning. “Access to high-speed internet access is essential for Michiganders to participate on a level playing field in education and business,” said State Chief Information Officer Brom Stibitz. “The efforts underway to expand broadband access throughout our vast state will go a long way in making sure everyone is connected and given an equal opportunity to thrive.” Residents who lack internet access at home are encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and State of Michigan social distancing guidelines when utilizing these hotspots, including wearing masks in public facilities and keeping a distance of at least six feet from others not from the same household. To date, more than 300 Wi-Fi hotspot locations are available from the parking lots of public schools, libraries and other locations across the state. In addition to the location, the map also contains details on how to access the Wi-Fi hotspots’ networks. To find a hotspot site near you, click here. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local law enforcement respond to a multiple vehicle accidentNext Boys and Girls Club makes plans to reopenlast_img read more

Ghana defender John Pantsil signs two-year deal with PSL side Maritzburg

first_imgGhana defender John Paintsil has signed a two-year contract with South African club Maritzburg United.The former Fulham man joins the PSL club as a free agent having completed his one-year contract with lower tier club Santos FC.Paintsil concluded negotiations and signed a two-year contract to become the first off-season signing of the Team of Choice on Monday evening.The experienced right-back wants to prove himself once more again at top flight level following his brief stint in the South African second tier with Santos.He will be joining compatriot Awal Mohammed at Maritzburg United who finished 10th in the South African League last season.Paintsil is yet to be unveiled and handed a squad number at his new club.last_img read more

AFCON 2015: Ticket prices out for Uganda game

first_imgFooty-ghana can confirm that the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has released ticket prices for Saturday’s 2015 African Nations Cup qualifier between the Cranes of Uganda and the Black Stars of Ghana.The match will take place at the over 45,000-capacity Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, with tickets going for 20,000 Ugandan Shillings ($7.40), 50,000 Ugandan Shillings ($18.49) and 120,000 Ugandan Shillings ($44.36).Uganda would be hoping to defeat Ghana after losing last month’s qualifying double-header against Togo, leaving the Cranes with 4 points.Ghana’s Black Stars has eight points and will be in Kampala without injured captain Asamoah Gyan and midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.last_img read more

(Mixed) Reaction: Lakers eye Ty Lue with Monty Williams headed to Phoenix

first_imgTy Lue really about to be the next lakers coach 🤦🏾‍♂️ we can’t stop taking Ls even in the off-season— Cabdi (@CornOnTheCabdi) May 3, 2019 While the Lakers may have enough confidence to potentially hire Lue, the fan base shared mixed reactions on social media. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Los Angeles Cavaliers became a trending topic on Twitter after sharing thoughts about the possible reunion of Lue and LeBron James. With Williams off the market, former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue appears to be the top candidate for the Lakers’ job. I mean, at least it’s not Jason Kidd https://t.co/OleSZc7gow— Collin (@cgk205) May 3, 2019Related Articles “And now let’s hear it for your Los Angeles Cavaliers!” Lakers announcer— v (@vee333333) May 3, 2019 I wanted Jason Kidd smh— Venom (@WorldBoss617) May 3, 2019 Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Ty Lue was a guard for the Lakers for three years including an NBA championship with the team in 2000-01.Dear @Lakers, not that you’ll even care about this however; I’ve been a Lakers fan since 1983 but it seems my fandom will be coming to an end. If you proceed to hire Ty Lue as the next coach I will have to lay my purple and gold down and move on. It’s a sad day. 😢— Jeremy Hartman (@CoachJHartman) May 3, 2019 How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Jason Kidd was also a trending topic on Twitter. Questions remain unanswered regarding the direction of the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason as of Friday afternoon, including who will be the next head coach.Monty Williams, an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers, was considered a front-runner for the job but is no longer an option after the Phoenix Suns announced Friday that they had come to terms with Williams. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more