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Bfinance – The investment consultancy has hired Sweta Chattopadhyay to lead its private equity advice practice. Chattopadhyay was most recently a senior investment manager at RPMI Railpen, the in-house manager for the UK’s £27bn (€30bn) railways pension scheme, where she was responsible for leading private equity and debt investments and formulating investment strategy. She was also involved in building the scheme’s co-investment programme.Before joining Railpen, Chattopadhyay worked at private equity firm Adveq, the Universities Superannuation Scheme, and ABN Amro.Bfinance said its private markets advice arm had expanded significantly in recent years in response to “the increasing control and sophistication sought by investors in their private equity investment strategies, including greater use of co-investments and direct investments”.Pensionskasse des Kantons Schwyz (PKS) – Viktor Reichmuth, head of the CHF2.2bn (€1.9bn) pension fund for the canton of Schwyz in central Switzerland, will retire at the beginning of October. Reichmuth joined PKS in 1989. The pension fund has initiated the process to appoint a successor, it said today. Partners Group – The €67bn private markets manager has announced that David Layton will succeed Christoph Rubeli as co-chief executive officer on 1 January 2019. Layton will join co-CEO André Frei, who has held the role alongside Rubeli since 2013. Layton is currently head of private equity at Partners Group, where he has worked since 2005. He helped develop Partners’ direct private equity business and established its regional headquarters for the Americas in Denver in the US.Rubeli joined Partners in 1998 from UBS and helped build the Swiss company’s global investment business, particularly in Asia. Upon stepping down from the co-CEO role and the executive committee, he will continue at the company as a partner with the intention of growing the company’s global business.Amundi – Europe’s biggest asset manager has appointed David Harte as CEO of its Irish business. His new role is in addition to his existing responsibilities as deputy head of Amundi’s operations, services and technology division.Harte joined Amundi last year as part of its acquisition of Pioneer Investments, where he was global chief operating officer. Prior to joining Pioneer in 2003 he was COO at Bear Stearns in Dublin.Aon Denmark – Jesper Ejsing has been hired by Aon Denmark as senior risk management consultant within the consultancy’s enterprise risk management business. Ejsing, who began his career at Aon Denmark in 1997, has since worked for various companies including Vestas, DHL Nordic and FLSmidth. Aon said the expansion of the specialist team was part of its strategy to “be a leader in insurance, risk management, retirement and health”.Cardano – Advisory firm Cardano has appointed Roel Mehlkopf as a pension fund adviser in its client servicing and advice division, effective from October. He joins from pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank where he is a senior policy adviser.Prior to this, Mehlkopf was senior policy adviser at the Netherlands’ ministry of social affairs, advising former state secretary Jetta Klijnsma on updates to the financial assessment framework and legislation to introduce drawdown pensions.Mehlkopf started his career at the Netherlands’ Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis as a project leader for the analysis of generational effects of previous pensions agreements. When he join Cardano he will remain affiliated with Tilburg University, where he is a part-time lecturer and a researcher for pensions think-tank Netspar.Dufas – Iris van de Looij is to take over as director at Dufas, the Dutch industry organisation for asset managers, investment institutions and custodians. She has been a co-director since April alongside from Hans Janssen Daalen, who is to leave later this year.Van de Looij has more than 20 years of experience in investment, gained in management positions at Dutch banks MeesPierson and KBL European Private Bankers. As a consultant, she has supported several organisations in implementing the second Markets in Financial Instruments Directive.Public Sector Pension Investment Board – Eduard van Gelderen has started as chief investment officer at Canada’s CAD153bn (€101.2bn) Public Sector Pension Investment Board as of 1 August. He left his job as senior managing director of the €91bn investment management group of the University of California after less than a year in the role.Until August last year, Van Gelderen was chief executive of the €470bn Dutch asset manager APG. His previous roles include deputy CIO at ING Investment Management, CIO at NIB Capital Asset Management, director of fixed income at M&G, managing director of fixed income at ABP Investments and marketing director at Cardano Risk Management.Societe Generale – David Abitbol is to take over as the new head of Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) on 1 January 2019. He will succeed Bruno Prigent, who is to retire after 38 years with the French banking giant.Abitbol is currently chief operating officer for Societe Generale’s Asian operations, based in Hong Kong. He will relocate to Paris for his new role. He has worked for SocGen since 1992. ATP, Bfinance, PKS, Partners Group, Amundi, Aon Denmark, Cardano, Dufas, PSP Investment Board, Societe GeneraleATP – Kim Kehlet Johansen has been appointed as the new chief risk officer at Denmark’s largest pension fund ATP. He replaces Mads Smith Hansen who has decided to leave the fund in order to take a career break.Kehlet Johansen has worked at SEB Pension – previously Codan Pension – for the last 21 years, most recently as mathematical director. SEB Pension in Denmark was sold to Danica Pension in June.Smith Hansen has been working at ATP for just over two years, and his responsibilities have included the ATP’s Lifelong Pension product as well as risk management at the organisation.
“Jim has done a great job,” Scott said. “He obviously put us in a position this summer to do some good things. It just depends on if we can get those things done this summer, obviously. But being around him as much as I have this past six or seven months, personally I like him. Professionally I think he’s doing all the right things.”Yet, Johnson reitereated his criticism over Jim Buss for the Lakers’ recent coaching hires that included Mike Brown in 2011 and Mike D’Antoni in 2012. The Lakers maintain late owner Jerry Buss had the final say over both decisions. But Johnson argued Jim Buss hasn’t properly emulated his father, who oversaw the Lakers winning 10 of their 16 NBA championships after purchasing the franchise in 1979.“His father was smart enough to understand that ‘I own the team, but I don’t have the basketball expertise to make those decisions,’” said Johnson, who believes Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needs more autonomy. “He’s not consulting anybody that can help him achieve his goals and dreams to win an NBA championship.”The Lakers are far from collecting their 17th Larry O’Brien trophy. But the Lakers could face a much better summer after striking out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony last summer while Pau Gasol also left via free agency. The Lakers will keep their first-round draft pick from the Steve Nash trade three years ago if the selection lands within the top five. The Lakers also have cap flexibility to sign a marquee free agent at a maximum-level contract, including Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Goran Dragic or Rajon Rondo.“He gets a lot of blame for a lot of stuff that’s not in his control,” Scott said of Jim Buss, referring to the Lakers’ various injuries in past seasons. “I don’t think he loses a ton of sleep over it. When you hear other people’s opinion about what you’re not doing or what you’re doing, I don’t lose a ton of sleep over that.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Magic Johnson emerged back onto the airwaves to talk about the state of the Lakers. So that meant the Lakers legend continued his persistent criticism of Jim Buss, the Lakers’ vice president of basketball operations.“This summer has to be the biggest summer of Jim Buss’ life. Now you’re starting to lose the fan base,” Johnson said on Tuesday on ESPN’s First Take. “If this summer, that doesn’t happen where they can sign a great player, it’s over for us.”The Lakers have hardly lived through happy times recently. The Lakers (13-38) entered Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets (19-33) at Staples Center losing 13 of their past 14 games and are destined to miss the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Lakers are also on pace to finish with their worst season in franchise history.Yet, Lakers coach Byron Scott downplayed Johnson’s criticism even if he maintains high affection for him after winning three NBA championships together during the “Showtime Era.” Johnson has spared criticizing Scott, crediting him for having the Lakers “play hard” amid a struggling season. “He’s going to be supportive of me until I really mess up,” Scott said. “If I started messing up, he’ll be the first one to tell you the truth.”