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Summary Of Executive Moves In Wealth Management – February 2023

Editorial Staff 27 March 2023


A roundup of moves in the world's wealth management industry.

Investment firm Cambridge Associates named Harinder Soin as chief data officer and Adam Lester as head of corporate strategy. They were newly formed posts.

Soin reports to Jason Roberts, chief technology officer and Lester reports to the firm’s chief executive, David Druley. Soin has worked at the firm since 2016 with a total of 20 years’ industry experience. Lester works from the firm’s New York office. 

Nuveen, the investment manager arm of US-based TIAA, promoted Romina Smith to the newly-created role of head of continental Europe within its global client group. Christoffer Hedberg, who is responsible for Northern Europe, and Sergio Trezzi, who leads Southern Europe, reports to Smith. Smith is still be based in Frankfurt and reports to Simon England-Brammer, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific global client group at Nuveen. In 2018, Smith who joined the company in 2016, took charge of growing the central European business and gradually expanding the solutions offering for investors in the region. 

Progeny appointed Heather Ross to the new role of head of Academy. The Progeny Adviser Academy was launched in April 2019 and currently offers a three-year programme that targets Chartered status. Ross has more 30 years of experience. She has worked at senior level at groups including Standard Life, Aegon UK and Prudential, where she was responsible for overseeing learning and development, project management, training and competence, and operations. Most recently Ross was learning and development director at Balmoral Asset Management.

London-based Burgess Mee Family Law appointed Emma Morris as a legal director.She was previously a partner and head of department at Rooks Rider Solicitors. Prior to that, Morris worked at Wedlake Bell as a solicitor specialising in family law upon qualification in 1995.

Rathbone Greenbank Investments appointed David Cox as the new head of investments. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Cox joined from Brunel Pension Partnership, where he was deputy chief investment officer. 

Laura Hobbs joined as an investment director, responsible for managing charity portfolios and helping charities to align their investments with their ethical values and sustainability ambitions. Previously Hobbs was a responsible investment manager for Brunel Pension Partnership.

Emma Williams joined as a senior ethical, sustainable and impact (ESI) researcher. Before joining Greenbank, she was an associate director at Grant Thornton UK LLP and has previously held positions within social investment at Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC and corporate sustainability at PwC. The trio are based in Bristol. 

Astra Protocol, a decentralised know-your-client platform for Web 3.0 businesses, appointed former Samsung Electronics president and chief strategy officer Young Sohn to join its advisory board.

During his tenure at Samsung, Young Sohn led the $8 billion acquisition of HARMAN International Industries, a name in the internet-of-things and cloud solutions, of which Young Sohn is chairman of the board. He is founding managing partner at Walden Catalyst Ventures, a venture capital firm helping early-stage companies in deep tech. 

Law firm Kingsley Napley appointed Waqar Shah as a partner to launch a dedicated tax disputes and investigations service offering. 

Shah acts for high net worth individuals and corporate clients across many sectors on a range of HMRC disputes and investigations. Prior to this role, he worked at Mishcon de Reya LLP where he became a partner in 2021. He started his career as a lawyer at PwC Legal LLP.

London law firm Druces appointed Parveen Abbas as a partner in the real estate team. Abbas is a residential real estate specialist whose expertise spans the breadth of property work, including, notably, the prime and super prime markets.

Multrees Investor Services, a provider of outsourced custody, execution and trading, investment administration and services, appointed David Harrand and Martyn Johnson. Harrand joined the group as business development manager and Johnson is moving into the role of chief technology officer. Harrand has previously been a relationship manager, an account director and worked in business development in the financial services sector, most recently with trading services firm SIX Securities Services.

Johnson was appointed as the firm’s new chief transformation officer. With 23 years industry experience, including most recently fund services at JP Morgan, Johnson has been leading strategic transformation programmes at blue chip companies for more than half of his career.

Global institutional and private client service provider JTC made a raft of senior appointments as part of its bi-annual group-wide promotions. More than 200 employees were recognised for their achievements and commitment to professional development across the group’s jurisdictional network.

In particular, Emma Menzies was promoted to group director, tax compliance and regulatory reporting in Jersey. The following were all appointed to senior director level: Bennie Burger (risk and compliance – Jersey), Claire Stride (business development and marketing – Jersey), Rebecca Stannard (business development and marketing – Jersey), Richard Mukungatu (corporate services – Jersey) Rachel Pettitt (employer solutions – Guernsey), Hanneke Olijslagers (corporate services – Amsterdam), Jill Jones (legal – San Jose), John Docherty (corporate services – Amsterdam), and Sheilagh Hall (human resources – Cape Town).

Promotions were made across 22 of JTC’s offices, including more than 50 in Jersey and 40 in Cape Town. Additionally, approximately 30 people were promoted in the US. In the jurisdictions of Guernsey, Ireland and Luxembourg, the number of employees who have been promoted reached double figures.

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