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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – January 14, 2015

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Lagarde Appoints Chief Administrative Officer for the IMF

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made notice of her intent to appoint Carla Grasso to chief administrative officer of the IMF. This is a new role. Grasso will start her new role on February 2, 2015. Grasso spent 14 years at Vale S.A. serving as vice president for human resources and corporate services from 2001 to 2011. Before Vale S.A, Grasso was secretary of the Brazilian Supplementary Social Security Office from 1994 to 1997.

Brian Graff Named President of Private Finance at American Capital

Brian Graff has been promoted at Bethesda-based American Capital, Ltd. to president of private finance. He has been with American Capital since 2001. He has been a senior managing director since 2008. From 2000 to 2001, Graff was a principal of Odyssey Investments Partners, a private equity fund.

Nasdaq Hires Former Lewtan Technologies CEO

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China’s Central Bank Creates Macro-Prudential Management Bureau

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The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) created a new department to oversee and attempt to eliminate financial risks to the system. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Like its U.S. Peers, Legg Mason Seeks to Trim Costs

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Legg Mason Inc., a Baltimore-based asset manager, has announced a reduction in workforce as is prepares to streamline operations and save money. Legg Mason’s leadership commented that assets under management fell 5 % year-on-year. Legg Mason currently manages US$ 727.2 billion (as of December 31, 2018), which is down from the previous US$ 767.2 billion. CEO Joseph A. Sullivan noted that a global operating platform will centralize fund administration, IT, and other departments that work with affiliates. Sullivan did not discuss the number of layoffs expected, or specify which areas would be impacted. Legg Mason disclosed they planned to close a quarter of its exchange-traded funds in March 2019. These three ETFs include a U.S. strategy, emerging markets, and a developed markets strategy outside the U.S. However, these funds run around US$ 28 million in assets under management.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore Establishes Corporate Governance Advisory Committee

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On February 12, 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) revealed the creation of a Corporate Governance Advisory Committee (CGAC). CGAC was formed to advocate for good corporate governance practices among listed companies in Singapore. Bobby Chin, Director of Singapore Telecommunications Limited, will be the Chair of CGAC. According to a MAS press release, “CGAC will identify current and potential risks to the quality of corporate governance in Singapore.”

MAS formed the Corporate Governance Council (Council) in February 2017. The Council was dissolved after it pushed out a publication of its final recommendations on August 6, 2018.

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