OMGI, Schroders, Jupiter, LOIM, Mediolanum, TPR, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Pensioenfederatie, Code Pensioenfondsen, Pensioenfonds Robeco, JP Morgan AM, BMO GAM, TTF, ISS-oekomOld Mutual Global Investors – OMGI has appointed Martin Visairas as managing director, institutional, with responsibility to service and expand the company’s institutional client base. He will join the business on 22 August. Visairas was most recently at Citi , where he worked after leaving Old Mutual Asset Managers, an OMGI predecessor company, in 2010. At Citi he was responsible for linking hedge fund clients with leading institutional investors across the US, Europe and Asia Pacific. Schroders – Schroder Real Estate has hired Robin Hubbard to lead its global real estate capital raising and joint venture strategy. As reported earlier this week by IPE Real Assets , the €17bn manager recruited Hubbard from InfraRed Capital Partners where he was director of investor relations and business development. He has been tasked with growing the firm’s direct real estate relationships with institutional investors in North America, Australasia and Europe.Jupiter Asset Management – Alejandro Di Bernardo and Joel Ojdana have been appointed as analysts in the manager’s fixed income team. Di Bernardo will join as an emerging market debt analyst focusiing on Latin America. He was previously a high yield and leveraged loans analyst at Deutsche Asset Management in New York. Before that he worked at Citigroup and Accenture in South America. Ojdana will focus on generating US-focused ideas for Jupiter’s unconstrained bond strategy. From 2015 he worked as a credit analyst at Balyasny Asset Management and Seaport . Lombard Odier Investment Managers – LOIM has appointed François Meunier as an equity portfolio manager, based in London. The Swiss asset manager said the newly created role would see Meunier focus on companies demonstrating strength in “disruption and innovation broadly across sectors, up and down the value chain”. He joins from Morgan Stanley where he was head of technology equity research since 2010. During this period he also acted as an adviser to the office of the UK prime minister – which was David Cameron until June 2016 – and France’s economy ministry. He previously lead technology equity research at JP Morgan Cazenove for six years.Mediolanum Asset Management – The Irish asset management company of the Mediolanum Banking Group has hired Astrid Schilo as multi asset strategist and Inma Conde as head of manager research. A German native, Schilo was most recently research senior principal at Accenture Research, where Mediolanum said she was involved in a major artificial intelligence project. Conde joins from Minnesota Philanthropy Partner, one of the largest community foundations in the US, where she was director of investments. The Pension Regulator (TPR) – The UK regulator for pension schemes has added three new members to its determinations panel ahead of new regulatory oversight powers for defined contribution master trusts. TPR’s authorisation regime for the multi-employer vehicles begins on 1 October.Sarah Chambers , Antony Townsend , and Mike Urmston will take up their posts next month, the regulator said, bringing the total membership of the determinations panel to 12 – albeit temporarily. Three existing members are to step down in July 2019, once the new regulatory regime is up and running.Tony Foster and David Latham have been re-appointed to the panel for a second term.Chambers is involved with several influential UK organisations including the Legal Services Consumer Panel, the Electoral Commission, the Judicial Appointments Commission and the Civil Aviation Authority’s consumer panel member. Townsend is the Financial Regulators Complaints Commissioner, a role he has held since 2014. He is on the regulatory boards for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Urmston is chair of insurers Phoenix Life and AIG Life, and is a former chief actuary and finance director for Aviva. Aberdeen Standard Investments –André Haubensack has been appointed head of distribution for Switzerland. The appointment follows the merger of Standard Life Aberdeen PLC and Aberdeen Asset Management last year. Haubensack joined Standard Life Investments in 2014 as part of the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management. Aberdeen Standard Investments said it expects to announce two new appointments for the distribution team for Switzerland in the coming weeks. Before joining Ignis Asset Management Haubensack was a director at New Star Asset Management and Credit Suisse. Pensioenfederatie – Leon Mooijman has started as policy advisor at the Dutch Pensions Federation. He joined from Nationale Nederlanden , where he has been client director, corporate pensions during the past two years. Prior to this, he was head of the pensions team of employer organisation AWVN since 2002. Mooijman has been a trustee at the pension fund Kartonnage & Flexibele Verpakkingen as well as at the scheme Noblesse on behalf of AkzoNobel. Between 2008 and 2016, he was a member of the advisory board of pensions magazine Pensioen Bestuur & Management.Code Pensioenfondsen – Loes Ypma and Frans Prins have been appointed as member and adviser, respectively, of the monitoring committee for the Dutch pension fund code as of 1 October. Ypma is on the town council of Almere and was a member of parliament for labour party PvdA between 2012 and 2017. Prins is chairman of the supervisory board (RvT) of APG ’s €1.2bn staff pension fund as well as chair of the pension fund of carbon firm Norit . He has been director of the Pensions Federation as well as PWRI, the €8.7bn pension fund for disabled workers. Ypma and Prins succeed Cateautje Hijmans van den Bergh and Loek Sibbing, respectively. The monitoring committee is chaired by Margot Scheltema.Pensioenfonds Robeco – Tom Steenkamp has been named chairman of the €641m Pensioenfonds Robeco. He is to succeed Harry Horlings, who left Robeco for NN IP last spring. Steenkamp, a senior investment consultant at Robeco as well as professor of investment and finance at Amsterdam’s Free University (VU), is already deputy chair of the company scheme. Fieke van der Lecq will leave as a member of the pension fund’s supervisory board. She will be replaced with Peter Priester.JP Morgan AM – Matthijs Claessen has been appointed executive director at JP Morgan Asset Management, tasked with generating new instutional business in the Netherlands and Belgium. He joins from NN Investment Partners, where he left as director for institutional business development. He has also worked at NN IP’s predecessor ING IM.BMO Global Asset Management – The investment manager has hired three new staff for its Amsterdam-based operations as of 1 July. Alexander van Aken has started as director and portfolio manager as well as delegated chief executive for fiduciary management, responsible for expanding the company’s fiduciary services in the Netherlands. Van Aken reports to Bart Kuijpers. He joined from SEI Investments, where he has been director, client services during the past nine years, focusing on fiduciary services.Pieter van Stijn has become director, governance and sustainable investments. Prior to this, he was senior responsible investment advisor at the €215bn asset manager PGGM. Martijn Moens has also joined BMO AM, with responsibility for leading the marketing activities on mainland Europe. Moens joined from Fidelity, where he was head of marketing and corporate communications for the Benelux.Transparency Task Force – John Howard is to become the founding chair of the UK campaign group’s advisory board. A former BBC TV and radio presenter, Howard chaired the UK regulator’s Financial Services Consumer Panel for three years until 2008. Other previous roles include being a member of the board of the Financial Ombudsman Service and also a non-executive director of Ofgem, the energy regulator. He is currently vice chair of the Family Building Society and a member of Scottish Widows’ independent governance committee and with profits committee. ISS-oekom – Stefan Löbbert will join the ESG rating and research provider’s sales team in Munich next month. The company described him as “one of the most prominent experts on sustainability in the financial sector in Germany”. He joins from HypoVereinsbank/UniCredit Bank, where he was the long-standing head of corporate sustainability.
Umpires don’t get every call right, and it’s wrong to expect perfection from them. It’s not wrong, however, to expect Angel Hernandez to be better than he was in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s Yankees-Blue Jays game.Hernandez’s judgment was beyond poor as he tried to call balls and strikes with New York’s Masahiro Tanaka on the mound. At least two of the pitches in the clip below were borderline, and two of them were just plain missed. RT to spread the word! This HAS to be the final time we see Angel Hernandez. There is something clearly wrong here, @MLB.Four missed strike calls in ONE INNING! Two of them were right down the middle! pic.twitter.com/M8QL0pAFZ7— Kyle ⚾️ (@KyleNYY) June 5, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNTo make things worse, Toronto scored all four of its runs in that frame. It held on to win 4-3. MORE: Cubs manager Joe Maddon fumes over Laz Diaz’s call of key pitchUniformed personnel have long considered Hernandez a poor umpire. He reinforced that belief with his work in Toronto.
Brown explained the phenomenon in a Zoom conference on May 11, and therein lies the answer: Brown’s virtual recruiting tour is one of the biggest reasons for that success. “The players obviously have been home more,” Brown said. “Their parents have been home more. It’s been easier to get a hold of them for one thing. They can call you and text you. I’m probably having more conversations with parents and recruits than I was when they were coming to campus.”MORE: Answering five questions ahead of a coronavirus-looming seasonThat’s not even Brown’s home-run swing. The NCAA extended the recruiting dead period to July 31 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that might be holding the Tar Heels back. “I love being around the recruits,” Brown said. “I like seeing them in the office. I like having the 1-on-1 conversations with them. As soon as the NCAA will let us, we want to get guys on campus.” Brown lived up to expectations set last summer when he arrived at North Carolina after a five-year stint in the TV booth. The goal was to make North Carolina a cool place to play again, like he did the first time around from 1988-97. The results indicate that is happening. The Tar Heels have 11 four-star recruits and six of the top 10 players of the state in their 2021 class. Four-star quarterback Drake Maye (Myer Park, Charlotte) could be the heir apparent to sophomore Sam Howell, who is the No. 3 ranked quarterback by Sporting News heading into 2020. The only two quarterbacks ahead of Howell? Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. The mid-Atlantic footprint recruiting plan extended to Virginia, and Grimes’ commitment is a sign that expansion is real. Assistant coach Dre Bly — a former NFL star who played for Brown the first time around at North Carolina the first time around — was one of the lead recruiters. “Recruiting is always a snow-ball effect because when you get really good players and they like it, the other players want to play with them,” Brown said. “They say, ‘This is cool.’ You gotta be the cool place to be. Right now, in a lot of recruits’ eyes, we’re the cool place to be.” MORE: The best CFP contenders in every conferenceBrown continues to look for creative sources to capitalize on that cool factor. The 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” featured former Tar Heels star Michael Jordan. Brown continues to use Zoom and is exploring more innovative ways to show what North Carolina has to offer. That includes the new facilities that were completed before the pandemic. What’s going on at North Carolina with Mack Brown? That is a leading question this week after the Tar Heels received a verbal commitment from five-star cornerback Tony Grimes (Princess Anne, Virginia Beach, Va.). According to 247Sports.com, North Carolina is ranked third in the 2021 team recruiting rankings. Ohio State and Clemson hold the top two spots. The 69-year-old coach has modernized his approach, and he’s building something that might be in between what he had at North Carolina in his first stint and the national championship team he built at Texas. Brown clearly hasn’t lost his touch, and the timing happened to be right. That’s what going on at North Carolina right now, and “cool” is the best way to describe it. “We’ve got new facilities, facility upgrades that happened right before the pandemic,” Brown said. “I’ve always thought this place should be good. It’s our responsibility to let people realize how cool it is.”