A round-up of the latest positions for those in finance, covering investment markets worldwide
Laura Ahto has left Deutsche Bank after 16 years to join Pimco, the fixed income specialist firm, as senior vice-president and head of operations and administration.
She joins at a time when Pimco is aiming to strengthen their regional capability and expand internationally.
Ahto was formerly senior manager of Deutsche/Bankers Trust Global Securities Services (GSS) in London and managed the integration of the Bankers Trust and Deutsche custody businesses in Europe.
She brings valuable experience to Pimco, having also been responsible for global custody and customer service in the Americas and the Asia/Pacific region while at Deutsche.
In the continuing integration of Morgan Stanley Quilter with Morgan Stanley, Sue Rutherford has been appointed chief administrative officer.
Rutherford has been with the company since 1997 when she joined as head of compliance.
She has also previously been head of UK compliance at HSBC Midland as well as spending eight years working for the securities and futures authority.
Her responsibilities will now include all administrative and risk control measures supporting Morgan Stanley Quilter's business objectives, particularly in the areas of compliance, operations, finance, technology and human resources.
JO Hambro Capital Management has appointed a new hedge fund manager to start in September. European equities specialist Willem Vinke joins from Morgan Stanley and will be managing a new European mid-cap long-short hedge fund. He has worked as a Morgan Stanley fund manager and analyst with the London Value Team since 1995 and jointly managed the European Small Cap Value fund, a top performer in its sector.
The new European mid-cap long-short hedge fund for which Vinke will be responsible will be launched later this year to complement the company's existing Trident European Fund.
Jim Clarke has been appointed new head of European business development for the State Street and DST International joint venture international transfer agency, International Financial Data Services (IFDS).
He was previously head of sales and relationship manager for Cogent Investment Operations European business, the investment operations outsourcing company, which was acquired earlier this year by BNP Paribas Securities. He will be based in Luxembourg and will take responsibility for expanding the delivery of State Street and IFDS's services to European clients. Reporting to managing director of investment services Europe at State Street Tim Caverly, he will be aiming to develop IFDS's client base.
US investment consultancy CRA RogersCasey has appointed Cynthia Steer as new director of fixed income research in order to increase the team's experience in hedge funds and private equity.
Steer joins from Savings Bank Life Insurance USA and has held various positions within consulting services to the pension and endowment industry.
She held the position of chief investment officer for the City of Hartford Defined Benefit Plan, as well as previously being vice-president for benefit investments at US tobacco firm Philip Morris.
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