People Moves Roundup through 2/22

Schroders expands DC team, new CEO tasked with Bitcoin swaps and other career moves

Schroders Expands Defined Contribution Team

Schroders has expanded its distribution capabilities in North America with the hiring of Joel Schiffman as head of US defined contribution and insurance sales and Tiffani Potesta as head of distribution strategy, North America.

Schiffman has more than 35 years of industry experience and was previously vice president and director of financial institutions at Janus Henderson Investors, and served roles at Columbia Management and Lord Abbett & Co., LLC.

Potesta will continue to lead the Alternatives Sales and Wealth Management Solutions divisions, and oversee product development, marketing and RFP.

In addition, Jon Mackay was named head of sales, wealth management solutions and has expanded the team to include Ralph Studley, who joined last year as wealth director from BNY Mellon. Brad Angle joined as an alternatives director focused on private assets from Apollo Global Management and James MacKendree, originally from The Palisades Group, joined as a sales director focused on private assets for endowments and foundations, Jean-Francois Pelletier from Sun Life Financial joined as an institutional director, Canada, and Shawn Cohen, originally from MFS Investment Management, joined as institutional director of platforms and sub-advisory sales, Canada.

trueDigital Names Thomas Kim as CEO

trueDigital has named former Bridgewater Associates executive Thomas Kim as chief executive officer. Kim will take oversight of trueDigital’s existing business development initiatives, namely the upcoming launch of Bitcoin swaps trading in 2019. Kim’s strategic initiatives will include growing the list of banking and custody partners for trueDigital’s payment, transfer, and settlement platform, and the rollout of new institutional-grade digital asset derivatives.

“Thomas brings the expertise and the boldness to carry forward our vision of bringing blockchain-based financial technologies to life,” said Sunil Hirani, trueDigital’s founder.

Kim brings a track record of trading technology leadership at multiple major financial institutions and software providers to his role at the financial infrastructure technologies company. He joins the company following seven years with Bridgewater Associates, where he most recently served as chief operating officer of the Investment Engine Group.

Spouting Rock Hires New Chief Sustainability Officer

Spouting Rock Asset Management, a new Philadelphia-based investment firm led by former Aberdeen co-head Andrew Smith recently announced the hire of Pamela Jacobs, former co-head of Envestnet’s impact investing business, as its new chief sustainability officer. In this role, she’ll lead Spouting Rock’s Impact and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) efforts.

Jacobs has been an active member of the financial services industry for the past three decades, most recently at Envestnet where she helped to grow its impact investing platform to more than $18 million AUM.

BMP Paribas Names New Head of Client Satisfaction

BNP Paribas Asset Management announced the appointment of Christopher Dunn as global head of client satisfaction within its newly-formed client experience team. Currently based in New York, he will shortly relocate to Paris.

In this newly created role, Dunn will promote departmental and regional co-operation to define and monitor actions that will improve client satisfaction. He will also be responsible for initiating client-focused activities globally that will help shape a personalized client journey. Dunn joined from Greenwich Associates, where he was a vice president within the investment management group. He previously worked at Fidelity International in its global institutions group and at UK Trade & Investment, the UK Government’s international business development arm. He has a master’s degree in International Business from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in International Studies and  French from Baylor University.

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