AP3, Pension Protection Fund, Aviva Staff Pension Scheme, Arabesque Partners, UN Global Compact, M&G Investments, Impax Asset Management, AXA IM, Independent Trustee Services, Mercer, Aon, AMP CapitalAP3 – Mårten Lindeborg has been named the Swedish buffer fund’s deputy managing director and CIO, replacing outgoing CIO Kerim Kaskal. Lindeborg has been with AP3 since 2009, first as head of strategic asset allocation and more recently as head of asset allocation. Pension Protection Fund – Trevor Welsh has been named the UK lifeboat fund’s inaugural head of liability driven investments (LDI). He joins from the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme, where he was head of UK sovereign and LDI, and has also worked at Aviva Investors and UBS. Arabesque Partners – Georg Kell has been appointed Arabesque’s vice-chairman. Kell has spent the last 15 years as executive director of the UN Global Compact and oversaw the launch of the Principles for Responsible Investment and UN initiatives on responsible management education and sustainable stock exchanges. M&G Investments – Ominder Dhillon has been named global head of institutional distribution. Reporting to chief executive of fixed income Simon Pilcher, Ominder will oversee distribution for all asset classes. He joins from Impax Asset Management, where he was managing director of global business development, and has worked at Fidelity International and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.AXA Investment Managers – Laurent Clavel has joined the manager as senior international economist. Working within AXA IM’s research and investment strategy team, Clavel will be based in Paris. He began his career at INSEE, France’s national statistics authority, and was most recently head of its forecasting unit. Clavel has also worked at the French finance ministry and as economic adviser to the French embassy in Sweden.Independent Trustee Services – Janine Wood has been appointed client director based in Manchester, joining from Mercer. Wood spent 20 years at the consultancy and was most recently principal consultant and scheme actuary.Aon – James Monk and Gisele de Werra have joined the consultancy’s DC investment team. Monk joins from P-Solve Investment as senior DC investment consultant, while de Werra was previously a European government bond broker at BGC Partners.AMP Capital – Antonio Barbera has joined the company’s London offices as portfolio manager within its global listed infrastructure team. Barbera joins from Kalis Capital, where he was portfolio manager and co-founded one of the company’s equity funds.
The University of Wisconsin Softball team (30-8, 7-5 Big Ten) traveled to Evanston, IL this past weekend to take on the No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats (33-7, 12-0) in a three-game Big Ten series.Wisconsin was out-pitched and out-hit by the Wildcats all around and lost all three games 1–4, 5–8 and 4–5 respectively — their longest losing streak of the season.In game one Friday, the Badgers had a hot start sparked by a home run from Jolie Fish. But, after that, it was only the Northwestern offense that was able to put runs on the board.The Wildcats scored four unanswered runs to pull away with a 4–1 win.One of the salient concerns for Head Coach Yvette Healy was the number of free bases her two top pitchers surrendered.Junior Kaitlyn Menz got the start in this opening game and eventually took the loss, but she only threw three innings. Wisconsin’s other ace, Haley Hestekin, came in during the fourth inning to try and quell Northwestern’s momentum but was unable to tame the Wildcat offense.Softball: Konwent leads Badgers to best start in program historyAs the University of Wisconsin softball team teeters in and out of the top 25 rankings, being ranked at all Read…Menz and Hestekin combined for nine total walks while the Badger offense drew only three. Two of the four Northwestern runs were unearned — something uncharacteristic of this Badger pitching staff.The other missing piece for the Badgers in game one was the offensive leadership of junior Kayla Konwent, who went 0-4 on the day and struggled versus Northwestern pitching.Saturday consisted of a doubleheader between the two teams in preparation for some nasty weather on the horizon.In the first game of the doubleheader, it seemed as if Wisconsin was coming back for vengeance.The Badgers took a 5–3 lead early thanks to a Stephanie Lombardo RBI in the first inning to kickstart the scoring. But, it was the two home runs in the second inning from Caroline Hedgcock and Kelly Welsh and a third home run in the fourth from Konwent that showed off the Badger’s power.That lead would be short-lived, and the bottom of the fourth proved destructive for Wisconsin.With Menz back in the circle for the Badgers, Northwestern took advantage of two walks to bring the score within one. Healy turned to Hestekin to finish out the game after noticing both her pitcher’s fatigue and Northwestern’s ability to adjust to Menz.Softball: Badgers pull off home sweep over visiting Iowa HawkeyesThe University of Wisconsin softball team (30-5, 7-2 Big Ten) hosted the Iowa Hawkeyes (15-18, 1-8) in their Big Ten Read…Unfortunately for the Badgers, the attempt to give Northwestern hitters a new look went more in the favor of the Wildcats.Hestekin gave up back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the fourth and Northwestern tagged on four more runs that would go unanswered. Wisconsin would go on to lose 8–5.In game two, the Badgers wouldn’t go down without a fight. But, after a ten-inning battle, Wisconsin left Evanston winless — a major blow to their conference record.Konwent contributed two RBIs during the game — including her 13th shot over the fence that broke the program’s single-season home run record.After seven innings of action, the score was knotted up at four, and it was a walk-off home run from Northwestern’s Lily Novak that eventually sealed the win for the Wildcats.Wisconsin will be back in action Wednesday at home versus the Minnesota Gophers in a doubleheader with games starting at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.