Pensioenfonds IBM, Radstand Pensioenfonds, Edmond de Rothschild Group, Robeco, EDHEC-Risk Institute, PIMCO, UNEP, Credit Suisse, Jones Day, Focus Orange, Sweco Capital Consultants, Insight Investment, Global Impact Investing Network, PGGM, Association of Consulting Actuaries, LCP, Invesco Perpetual, Standard Life InvestmentsPensioenfonds IBM – Wouter van Eechoud has been appointed director and executive board member of the Dutch pension fund. He succeeds Ruud Hommes, who is to leave the pension fund after 18 years. Van Eechoud was a supervisor of pension funds at regulator De Nederlandsche Bank and has also worked in the banking sector.Randstad Pensioenfonds – Han Thoman has been named chairman of the Randstad Pensioenfonds, completing the new and independent board. Thoman is already independent chairman of the pension funds of Grolsch and SNS Reaal. He has been director at DSM Pension Fund Services and asset manager and pensions provider Blue Sky Group. Thoman has also chaired the foundation for company pension funds (OPF), which merged into the Dutch Pensions Federation.Edmond de Rothschild Group – Roderick Munsters has been named chief executive of the Swiss firm’s asset management business. Munsters, who most recently was chief executive at Robeco, replaces Laurent Tignard at the Swiss asset manager. Prior to leaving Robeco last year, where Munsters spent six years as chief executive, he was CIO at APG. EDHEC-Risk Institute – Riccardo Rebonato has joined the institute from PIMCO, where he was global head of rates and FX research. Rebonato, who will also join the EDHEC Business School’s faculty, has previously worked at Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was head of front-office risk management and head of client analytics, as well as head of derivatives research at Barclays Capital.United Nations – Erik Solheim is being lined up as the executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), having been chosen by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon as his candidate for the position. Solheim has been chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD since 2013 and was Norway’s minister for the environment and for international development from 2007 to 2012. Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa Castellano is poised to succeed Christiana Figueres as the UN’s chief climate change official, also having been selected by Ban. Castellano is the Mexican ambassador to Germany and was Mexico’s foreign affairs minister from 2006 to 2012. Figueres will step down as executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in July. Credit Suisse – Eric Varvel has been named head of asset management at the Swiss bank, filling a vacancy left by last year’s departure of Bob Jain. Varvel, a former chief executive of Credit Suisse’s investment banking division, will assume his new role at the beginning of next month. In his time at the bank, he has also served as its chair for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, in addition to serving on its executive board.Jones Day – Irene Vermeeren has been named a partner at the law firm, based in Amsterdam. Vermeeren is to focus on Dutch and European pensions, benefits and compensation. She also chairs the advisory committee on pensions law at the Dutch bar association and is a board member of the knowledge network Women in Institutional Pensions. Previously, Vermeeren was head of the pension industry group at law firm Baker & McKenzie.Focus Orange – Eko Loijenga has joined consultancy Focus Orange as an associate partner. Loijenga is to focus on total rewards, executive remuneration and people analytics. He has worked at Hewitt, Aon, Deloitte, Towers Perrin and PwC.Sweco Capital Consultants – Lilian ter Doest and Philip Bischop have started as senior consultants at Sweco Capital Consultants, formerly Grontmij Capital Consultants. They are responsible for direct and indirect property investments, client relations, acquisition and development. Previously, Ter Doest worked as commercial director at fund and property manager Annexum. Bischop joined from the €113bn asset manager and pensions provider MN, where he was head of property portfolio management.Insight Investment – Tom McKeon has been named head of portfolio oversight within the manager’s farmland investment team. McKeon was most recently chief executive at Hassad Australia, the agribusiness subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority. Prior to joining Hassad in 2011, McKeon ran his own consultancy and worked for Great Southern as national manager for water resources.Global Impact Investing Network – Wouter Koelewijn has joined the network as global liaison for Europe. Koelewijn was most recently senior innovation manager at Dutch pension manager PGGM, but he has also worked at Deloitte.Association of Consulting Actuaries – Bob Scott has been elected chairman of the UK association, succeeding outgoing chair David Fairs, effective from June. Scott is senior partner at consultancy LCP, where he has worked in a number of roles since 1982.Invesco Perpetual – Sebastian Mackay is to join the manager’s multi-asset team from September. He joins from Standard Life Investments (SLI), where he was investment director, but also a member of the global absolute-return portfolio construction team. Mackay began his career at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in 2000.
Claude Le Roy’s side managed a 1-0 victory over the Black Meteors of Ghana on Sunday in regulation time and eventually saw them off the Olympic Games 5-4 on penalties in Brazzaville the capital city of Congo.Ghana entered the second leg of the qualifiers with a 1-0 home advantage, but the Congolese shattered their dream of progressing to the next stage of the qualifiers through Sylvere Ganvoula’s goal.Penalty shootout which has been the bane of the national teams of Ghana, again denied Malik Jabir’s team from progressing, as they lost 4-5 from the spot kicks.Black Meteors last qualified for the Summer Olympic Games in Athens 2014, when they were drawn in a group with Paraguay, Italy and Japan, but couldn’t go through the group stage.Congo therefore qualify to the final stage of the Rio 2016 qualifiers and will face Nigeria’s Dream Team.