Syntrus Achmea – Fiduciary management guru Anton van Nunen has left his job as director of the Strategic Pensions Management (SPM) division at Dutch pensions provider and asset manager Syntrus Achmea. Johan Cras – who has had joint responsibility for fiduciary advice since October 2012 – has now taken on Van Nunen’s position. Van Nunen is to relaunch his consultancy, which he quit following his appointment at Syntrus to avoid conflicts of interest.PME – The €40bn pension fund for the Dutch metal industry has appointed Eric Uijen as chief executive. He is to succeed Hans van der Windt, who is to retire on 1 July. Currently, Uijen is director of the notaries scheme SNPF, which is preparing a merger with the pension fund for notaries’ staff in the Netherlands. At the same time, he is chairman at SBZ, the industry-wide scheme for care insurers.Momentum Investment Solutions & Consulting – The company has been appointed to act as the CIO for Lloyds Bank’s pension schemes. Richard Cooper, head of Momentum ISC, will become the CIO for the pension schemes during the term of the appointment and lead the teams responsible for the management and oversight of the investment of the group’s pension scheme assets. Before joining Momentum in August 2014, Cooper was at Mercer for 20 years, where he was a senior partner in the Investment Business.Amundi – Two senior fixed income portfolio managers have been added to the London-based Global Fixed Income team. Myles Bradshaw, head of global aggregate strategies, joins from PIMCO, where his main focus was European macro strategy. David Ric, head of absolute return strategies, joins from BlackRock, where he was responsible for rates strategies across institutional total return G10 currency, euro and sterling-denominated portfolios.Newton Investment Management – Henrietta Jowitt and Susan Noble have been appointed independent non-executive directors to the board. Noble has more than two decades of experience as an investment management professional, including key roles at Robert Fleming Asset Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Jowitt has held a number of senior marketing roles within the financial services industry, with stints at private equity house Advent International Corporation and global asset manager Schroders.Erste Asset Management – Stepan Mikolasek has been appointed head of equity. He was member of the board and CIO at Investiční společnost České spořitelny, the Czech investment company of the Erste Asset Management group. He will be in charge of the newly created equity management team of Erste Asset Management. At the same time, Peter Szopo will become head of the equity team in Vienna and chief equity strategist.Polaris Private Equity – The Danish/Swedish lower mid-market private equity investor has appointed two new members to its team. Martin Lindh joins as investment manager from SEB, while Thorsten Madsen, who also joins as an investment manager, was previously with Implement Consulting Group.Schroders – Dan McFetrich has been appointed as a global sector specialist within the Global & International Equities Team. He joins from Fidelity Worldwide Investment, where he had worked since 2008 as senior industrials analyst. Before then, he held roles at Dresdner Kleinwort and Nomura Asset Management.Meketa Investment Group – Timothy Atkinson has been appointed senior vice-president. Atkinson, who joined Meketa in 2008, was previously based in the firm’s Boston office. He joins the London office to perform manager due diligence across the EMEA, specialising in credit and other debt strategies.Skagen Funds – The Norwegian fund manager has appointed Sophie Brodie as communications manager for its UK business. She joins from Jupiter Asset Management, where she worked for seven years as investment communications manager.Stanhope Capital – Edward Clive, a senior director within the firm’s investment research department, has been appointed head of private funds. He previously worked at Lazard and Vantage Group, and has been with Stanhope for five years. EIOPA Stakeholder Group, ING CDC Pension Fund, Universities Superannuation Scheme, Syntrus Achmea, PME, SNPF, SBZ, Momentum Investment Solutions & Consulting, Amundi, Newton Investment Management, Erste Asset Management, Polaris Private Equity, Schroders, Meketa Investment Group, Skagen Funds, Stanhope CapitalEIOPA Stakeholder Group – Philip Shier has been elected chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s pension stakeholder group, following the resignation of Benne van Popta. Aon Hewitt actuary Shier, who was appointed to the Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group (OPSG) in 2011 and reappointed in 2013, will serve out the remainder of Van Popta’s two-and-a-half-year term. IPE understands that members of the OPSG elected him during the group’s first meeting of the year, held in EIOPA’s offices in Frankfurt on 9 March.ING CDC Pension Fund – Fook Ley Wong has been appointed senior portfolio manager at ING’s new CDC Pension Fund. He will be co-responsible for the scheme’s matching and return portfolio. During the past two years, Wong has been in charge of portfolio construction, selection and monitoring of the global equity portfolio for the clients of the former DPFS, the provider for SPH, the €10bn pension fund for general practitioners. DPFS was taken over by the €188bn asset manager PGGM in 2013. Wong started at DPFS as senior portfolio manager in 2008 after two years as senior investment manager at PGGM. Between 1996 and 2006, he served as controller, senior performance analyst and fund manager at the €110bn asset manager MN.Universities Superannuation Scheme – Guy Coughlan has joined the multi-employer defined benefit (DB) scheme for the UK higher education sector as chief financial risk officer. He joins from Pacific Global Advisors. The newly created position will see Coughlan manage the integration of the scheme’s risk management strategies, and develop and oversee its funding strategy. Coughlan joined the scheme as a trustee in January and chairs its risk committee. He also spent 17 years at JP Morgan, where he left as head of pensions advisory for Europe.
MIAMI, Florida – The Superbowl LIV has come and gone and while you may be either extremely excited that your team won or totally devastated over the unexpected loss, one thing is for certain; the Caribbean parade and concert during the Super Bowl LIVE programming at Bayfront Park was one of the highlights over Superbowl weekend in Miami.Bayfront Park played home to a weekend of programming by the Super Bowl Host Committee of which Friday was dedicated to showcasing the diverse communities and unique cultures represented across Miami.The program, which was organized by Aifos Agency Inc, kicked off with a parade featuring LIVE Junkanoo and Moko Jumbies from the Bahamas, Fashion and Dance from Jamaica, Costumes and Steelpan from Trinidad & Tobago and the Haitian RaRa all of which filled the downtown area with the sounds of a proud region.The welcoming program was a crowd favorite as many were seen snapping photos and streaming live on social media, while others decided to join in on the fun and participated in the mile-long parade.The evening ended with a LIVE orchestra fusion performance by Miami’s Nu Deco Ensemble and Miami-native and Grammy-winning producer, Walshy Fire (Jamaica) who closed the evening with a unique orchestral presentation of some of his most popular music. The evening also featured a performance by J. Perry (Haiti), a number of interactive experiences from sponsors and an amazing fireworks show to end a perfect evening.“I love that Caribbean culture is represented here because it makes up so much of what makes Miami, Miami. I’m happy!” states Erica Knowles who attended the event over multiple days at Bayfront Park.Open and free to the public the weekend was full of programming and contributed to what we can chalk up as overall a great experience and a huge win for the Caribbean community who got their night to shine.Following the Superbowl, Aifos Agency Inc sent a special thank you to Lila Nikole, Euphoria Mas, Steel Away Productions, DJ Savage Won and all who made the evening a memorable one.
Now, infuriatingly, all the Warriors hear are congratulations on their rare good fortune, a form of condescension, as if patting children who were allowed to stay up past their bedtime — last season — on the head.“I kind of want to just say, I apologize for us being healthy,” said Steph Curry at practice last week.“I apologize for us playing who was in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we’ve received as a team and individually. I’m very truly sorry. We’ll rectify that situation this year.”Steph, of course, is their waif-sized superstar who can joke about it.“It’s like a bitter female,” said Draymond Green, the rough-and-tumble Warrior with the attitude. “Like, you ever dealt with a bitter female that’s just scorned?“God! That’s rough. When you’re dealing with a bitter female that’s scorned, that’s one of the worst things in the world.”Of course, if insults are where you find them, that seems to be everywhere the Warriors look.Take Houston, where newly arrived Ty Lawson noted that Curry “was just chillin’ on defense” in the West Finals victory over the Rockets — which, of course, wouldn’t have happened with Ty there, according to Ty — and James Harden’s continuing insistence he deserved the MVP that went to Curry.With a preseason West Finals replay last week in Oakland, the Rockets left Harden, Lawson, Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, Jason Terry and Donatas Motiejunas at home.Of course, before everyone decided that they were a bunch of cocky big-talking newcomers, opposing teams said the same thing about the Clippers.What opposing teams really don’t like is that Golden State won, and they didn’t.As for real issues, the Warriors don’t have any, so they don’t figure to be going away.If they were in the East, they could coast in from opening night, but they’re in the West where they’ll have to beat out the reloaded Spurs with LaMarcus Aldridge; the revamped Clippers with Paul Pierce, Josh Smith and Lance Stephenson; the rehabbed Thunder with Kevin Durant back, the 56-win Rockets, the 55-win Grizzlies and any other teams that put it together.If everything went right a year ago, Steve Kerr, who presided over this miracle as a rookie coach, will miss the preseason following back surgery.With his No. 1 lieutenant, Alvin Gentry, now coaching New Orleans, that puts even less experienced Luke Walton in charge.The Warriors were so impressive in last fall’s preseason, even Rivers, their nemesis, said he knew they had something lasting.This fall they started 1-2 and Green noted, passionately if not arithmetically, “We’ve had three games and I don’t think neither one of them has been us.”It’s just the preseason so no biggie, but the real deal looms when heaven’s gift to last season is just another West contender. All the Warriors accomplished was yesterday, but yesterday’s gone. “You need luck in the West. Look at Golden State. They didn’t have to play us or the Spurs.”Not that the Clippers were the Spurs, either, but they did beat them in last spring’s first round.Unfortunately for the Clips, they blew that 19-point lead when they were about to close out the Rockets in six games and went down the drain in Game 7.If the Warriors were a rude shock to the old elite teams, they were also a breath of fresh air, or a gift from heaven.They put on a nightly fireworks show with their deadeye backcourt of the ages, finishing No. 1 in offense at 110 points a game, 3.3 more than the No. 2 Clippers; went 67-15 to win the West by 11 games, then helped draw the highest Finals TV ratings since Michael Jordan’s Bulls while polishing off the wounded Cavaliers in six games. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown, especially in the NBA’s Western Conference, where crowned heads like those of the Warriors are often soon lopped off.Aside from the Spurs and Lakers, no team has come out of the West draw in back-to-back seasons in 20 years.The Lakers, of course, haven’t done it lately and, as people keep telling the Warriors, they’re not the Spurs.As Clippers coach Doc Rivers told Grantland: Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error