Willis Towers Watson Names US Delegated DC Chief
Willis Towers Watson announced the appointment of Michele Brennan as US Delegated Defined Contribution (DC) Plan Solutions leader. Brennan is based in Chicago and reports to Clint Cary, US head of Delegated Investment Solutions.
Brennan has 25 years of experience in various consultant relations, business development, marketing, and client servicing roles in the financial services industry. In this newly created position, Brennan will lead the development of delegated investment value propositions and solutions for DC plan sponsors in the US.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Brennan served as executive director, client relations at UBS Asset Management with DC leadership responsibilities in UBS’s consultant relations team. Brennan also held senior distribution positions at AMG Funds and Skyline Asset Management. She graduated from the University of Dayton, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
FCA Announces Leadership Change
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the appointment of Massimiliano “Max” Trantini as president of Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sales Co., Ltd., its sales company with GAC in China.
Trantini brings deep industry experience to this role, with prior positions that include chief executive officer (CEO) at Getrag Jiangxi Transmissions, CEO at the transmission joint venture company between FCA and GAC, and, most recently, director of China business for FCA.
The move is part of ongoing actions FCA is taking to improve the competitiveness of its business in China.
The appointment is effective immediately. Daphne Zheng, currently president of the sales company and FCA’s chief operating Officer for China, is leaving the group.
RiskFirst Steps Up US Presence
RiskFirst has hired Amanda Flemming into a new role, as US Client Delivery Manager, focused on client success.
Flemming will focus on ensuring clients gain maximum value from PFaroe, RiskFirst’s market-leading asset, liability, and risk management technology platform.
As RiskFirst continues to expand its presence in the US, Flemming brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience from her 14 years at NEPC, where she provided investment advice to a varied client portfolio and had responsibility for key technology implementations, including PFaroe, which NEPC adopted in 2015.
“Amanda’s experience of the US pensions industry, and of PFaroe, will bring an invaluable client perspective to the role,” said Matthew Seymour, CEO of RiskFirst. “She will work closely with clients to understand and help grow their businesses by integrating PFaroe’s unrivalled capabilities, adding real value to their businesses. Amanda’s appointment is part of RiskFirst’s commitment to strengthening our capabilities in the US, as well as delivering exceptional service.”