People moves: Ilmarinen picks RI lead; Firefighters’ scheme names chair

first_imgIlmarinen, Firefighters’ Pension SAB, SuMi TRUST, Schroders, BDB Pitmans, PAMIlmarinen — Finland’s largest pension insurance company Ilmarinen has appointed Karoliina Lindroos as its new head of responsible investment. She replaces Anna Hyrske, who left the company to head up responsible investment for the Bank of Finland last month after working for Ilmarinen for more than 20 years. Lindroos joins the firm from her current role as senior environmental and social adviser at Finnish government development finance company Finnfund. Lindroos is to take up her new role on 31 August.Firefighters’ Pension SAB – Joanne Livingstone has been named chair of the UK’s Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board, which advises the Home Secretary on the desirability of making changes to the scheme. It also advises and assists the 45 Fire and Rescue services in England and their local pension boards. Her appointment as chair commenced on 17 August 2020 and will last for four years. The FPS is a statutory unfunded pension scheme. Livingstone is currently an adviser to the Judicial Pensions Committee, which advises the Lord Chief Justice in relation to pensions matters. She also serves as the chair of trustees for the Liberty Europe Pension Scheme and is a practitioner member of the Actuarial Council. Previously she worked as a scheme actuary and for Pension Wise, acting as a guider in face-to-face meetings about pensions with members of the public.SuMi TRUST – The Asian asset manager has appointed Shigeo Mito as director of client services and global business development based in the firm’s London office. In his new role Mito will focus on cultivating and expanding SuMi TRUST’s European client base, in addition to developing new bespoke products for investors.Mito has more than 20 years of experience in the asset management industry. He started his career at SuMi TRUST in 2000 working in proprietary trading and went on to manage Japanese equity funds from 2008 to 2017. Prior to taking up his current role he worked as an equity investment specialist, collaborating with SuMi TRUST’s client services and business development team in Europe.Schroders – Nicole Kidd has been named head of private debt for Australia, a new role at the listed asset manager. She will assume the position on 1 September and be based in Schroders’ Sydney office. She joins from RBC where she was most recently managing director and head of corporate banking Australia and institutional client management Asia-Pacific. Nicole will focus on building and developing Schroders’ Private Debt business.Georg Wunderlin, global head of private assets, Schroders, said: “The arrival of Nicole next month marks another significant step in the ongoing growth of our specialist private assets business. Whether it be through selective acquisitions or hiring the best talent, Schroders is dedicated to securing high-quality additions to drive the growth of this business.”He also said that “growing Schroders’ private assets business is a key strategy focus for the firm”. The asset manager is “seeing vast opportunities in private debt specifically which makes this a high priority area for our expansion path.”Schroders private assets and alternatives business manages £45.3bn (€49.8bn) in assets, including private equity, hedge funds, infrastructure finance, insurance-linked securities, commodities, real estate, impact investing and securitised credit.BDB Pitmans – The law firm has hired Alex Rush for its pensions team. Rush joins from Stephenson Harwood, where he trained and practised for more than 13 years. In addition to his private practice work, he has undertaken two secondments to the board of the Pension Protection Fund and acted as a defined benefit scheme secretary for seven years.Pacific Asset Management (PAM) – The firm has announced the appointment of multi-asset ESG specialist Will Thompson as portfolio manager with a focus on its multi-asset SRI funds. Thompson will report to PAM CIO William Bartleet.Thompson joins from HSBC Global Asset Management where he had worked as a senior portfolio manager on the multi-asset team since 2014. At HSBC, he was responsible for running the HSBC Multi-Asset Sustainable, HSBC World Selection and HSBC Global Strategy funds. Prior to this he had been an intern analyst at the Bank of England and also worked as an analyst for Asset Risk Consultants.PAM’s SRI range includes the SRI Cautious Growth and SRI Balanced Growth portfolios, the latter of which has been available to investors since 2012. Originally an offering from Parallel Investment Management, they were acquired in June 2020 as part of a strategic partnership with Fidelius Group.last_img read more

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Skodis makes unprecedented move from Syracuse’s middle-distance team to varsity

first_imgRebecca Skodis started too quickly, got tired and mentally checked out.At an indoor race at Cornell her freshman year, the rough beginning derailed the walk-on’s race — one of the worst in her collegiate career.Skodis was left thinking about what could’ve been. She had turned down multiple Division III offers to run. There, the schools had said she’d be their best runner.Instead, she was as a walk-on to Syracuse’s middle-distance indoor track and field team, essentially a practice squad. Skodis couldn’t help but wonder if she had made a mistake.“I thought, ‘Am I really good enough for this team?’” she said. “I questioned if I did deserve to be here because so many girls were out-performing me.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Skodis, now a redshirt sophomore, has worked her way up from the middle-distance squad to the varsity level — a promotion head coach Chris Fox had never made before.She ran in last Friday’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship for the Orange, finishing third for the team and 49th overall. Skodis will race in the NCAA Northeast Regional — a pivotal race to qualify for the NCAA meet — on Nov. 14 in the Bronx, New York.This season, on a 23-woman roster, she is one of only four to run in all of the Syracuse women’s cross-country team’s races.“We did not expect her to do this,” Fox said.It’s a far cry from doubting herself at Cornell.After that race, Skodis returned to Cornell less than one month later for the Kane Invitational during the winter of her freshman year. She shaved 20 seconds off her time to finish in 10:48.6 seconds, a personal best, stoking SU assistant coach Adam Smith’s hopes.The ability to forget a bad performance and crush the next race came as no surprise to Mike O’Malley, Skodis’ track coach at Wachusett (Massachusetts) High School.“You could always count on her mental toughness,” he said. “She was always even-keeled in her approach.”She advanced from the middle-distance group to a separate group Smith led, which met at a separate time.Fox and Smith let her race at this season’s Penn State and Boston meets. Her seventh-place finishes for her team in both meets raised eyebrows.In the decade of Fox’s SU coaching tenure, there has never been another runner who’s been pulled up, but that didn’t stop the head coach.“To have the confidence to keep going, it’s inspirational,” said Margo Malone, SU’s top runner.Socially, Skodis got to know her varsity teammates through food-related activities, she said with a laugh. Coffee shops, like Recess on Westcott Street or Strong Hearts have been regular spots.On days when the Orange works out, a group of about 10 girls meet at 7:30 a.m. at Barry Park, at the corner of Brock Street and Meadowbrook, to do a 25–30 minute run to keep their mileage up.From there, Skodis goes to class, eats a light lunch and goes to the team’s regularly scheduled practice. Skodis does everything asked of her there, but not a lot more.“It’s about listening to what your body’s saying,” Skodis said.She’ll use the rollers if she’s feeling tight, or utilize the ice bath after practice. Sleeping, eating right and not over-exerting herself are what she’s best at. Skodis’ high school cross-country coach, Lawrence Jaquith, did SU a favor by not running her too hard.But two years ago, at the indoor Cornell meet, few could’ve guessed that Skodis would still been running in college now.Fox has watched her get fitter and improve, particularly in September. She’s moved from the back of the pack to the middle, he said, and now past the middle.“Some people are afraid of racing, but she’s not,” Fox said. “And she’s beating a lot of girls that weren’t walk-ons.” Comments Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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