PMT, MPD, Cardano, Franklin Templeton, Society of Pension Professionals, AXA IM, TabulaPMT – Roelie van Wijk has started as a member of the investment committee of PMT, the €80bn Dutch sector pension fund for metalworking and mechanical engineering. She has been CEO at TKP Investments, a subsidiary of Dutch insurer Aegon, for more than 11 years. Since 2018, she has been Aegon’s head of public affairs while also leading its sustainable strategy and investment operations. At the start of 2020, she left Aegon in order to focus on non-executive board, advisory and supervisory positions.The pension fund has also appointed Dominique Dijkhuis as a trustee and chair of its investment committee. It said she has ample experience in asset management and financial risk management. Dijkhuis has been in several supervisory positions and senior management jobs at supervisors DNB and AFM as well as asset manager BMO, the former F&C. Currently, she is also a board member, responsible for asset management, at DNB’s pension fund. MPD – José Claus has been appointed as director of Media Pensioen Diensten, the pensions provider for the €6.5bn non-mandatory sector scheme PNO Media. Claus succeeds Walter Mutsaers, who started as executive chair of the €23bn merger pension fund for public transport (Rail & Openbaar Vervoer) in April. She has been manager for pensions & IT at MPD since August, after joining from PGGM, where she was director of pensions management. Prior to this, Claus has been in several management positions at insurers and pension providers.Cardano – The pensions and investment management consultancy has hired Ross Barr as an investment strategist, and Nigel Sillis as client portfolio manager. The latter is a newly created role, in which Sillis will provide advice and support to fiduciary and advisory clients. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial services and joins Cardano from Barings, where he led research across rates, currency, credit and multi-asset investment sectors.Barr will join Cardano in early July, having most recently been at Coal Pension Trustees Services. His background is as an economist. Franklin Templeton – The asset manager has named Louise Evans as head of asset management for Franklin Real Asset Advisors (FRAA). Based in London, Evans joined the firm in March 2020 and reports to Riccardo Abello, director and portfolio manager for FRAA, Franklin Templeton’s dedicated global real asset investment platform, led by Raymond Jacobs, managing director.Evans will be responsible for the asset management of FRAA’s European portfolios, supporting the strategy within the social infrastructure and traditional real estate sectors, and will work closely with the acquisition team supporting the underwriting and due diligence of new investments.In addition, Evans will actively drive investment performance of existing properties by implementing asset level business plans, environmental and social sustainability policies, as well as sales and marketing strategies.Society of Pension Professionals (SPP) – The representative body for providers of advice and services to work-based pension schemes and to their sponsors, has elected James Riley as the next society president. The two-year term takes effect from 1 June 2020.Riley succeeds Paul McGlone, partner at Aon, who has been president since 1 June 2018. Over the last two years, McGlone has led SPP through a period of significant change both within the pensions industry and within the organisation itself.This has included the creation of a new CEO role and in March this year, the SPP announced Fred Emden as its first CEO.Riley is a partner at Isio, which was formerly KPMG’s UK Pensions Advisory Practice. He is an experienced actuary providing strategic advice to sponsors and trustees on the financial management of some of the UK’s largest pension plans.AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) – The asset manager has appointed Mark Hargraves as global head of Framlington Equities, based in London. As part of his new role, he will continue to maintain his current portfolio management responsibilities.Hargraves takes over the role from Matthew Lovatt, who has been appointed global head of client group, core. He will report to Hans Stoter, global head of AXA IM core.Isabelle de Gavoty has been appointed deputy head of Framlington Equities. As part of her new role, she will continue to maintain her current portfolio management responsibilities. Based in Paris, she will report to Hargraves.Framlington Equities is AXA IM’s active, long-term, conviction-based equities business focused on aiming to deliver consistent excess returns through active, fundamental, bottom-up stock selection.Tabula Investment Management – The specialist fixed income ETF provider has appointed Franco Mancini to Italian speaking coverage, which includes targeting a broad range of institutional investors in Italy and Lugano.Before joining Tabula, Mancini was responsible for business development at Redhedge Asset Management.