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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – June 1, 2015



APFC Executive Director Mike Burns to Retire

Mike Burns, Executive Director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), retired Monday over health concerns. Burns started at APFC in August 2004. Valerie Mertz is acting executive director/CEO. Mertz is chief financial officer of the APFC. APFC’s board of trustees is considering appointing an interim CEO.

“We appreciate the many years of service and outstanding performance that he brought to his role as CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation,” said board Chair Bill Moran in a press release.

ADIA’s Former Head of External Equities Forms Clover Hill Capital

Paul Higginbotham from ADIA has left after a nine year stint as the wealth fund’s head of external equities. He was responsible for one of the largest externally managed funds in the world. He is starting his own consulting and advisory firm called Clover Hill Capital.

State Street Spearheads InfraHedge, Hires Effie Datson

State Street has hired Effie Datson as global head of product for the company’s alternative investment solutions division. This is a new position. Datson will be based in London and report to George Sullivan, executive vice president and global head of alternatives investment solutions at State Street. Previously, Datson was global co-head of hedge fund sales at Deutsche Bank. Before Deutsche Bank, the Harvard MBA graduate was a Business Development Manager at IKOS, a systematic, quantitative equity and global macro hedge fund.

She will be tasked to grow InfraHedge’s market share globally. InfraHedge is a subsidiary of State Street and part of the company’s alternative investments solutions division. As of June 30, 2014, InfraHedge had US$ 15.2 billion on the managed account platform.

David Lau Becomes Global IB Head for Hong Kong

JPMorgan & Chase Co. has moved David Lau to be head of global investment banking for Hong Kong. Lau will retain his responsibilities as head of China corporate finance. He worked on the initial public offerings of Alibaba, China Galaxy Securities and Huatai Securities. Lau replaces Catherine Leung who left JPMorgan a few months back.

University of Oklahoma Foundation Hires Cambridge Associates Quant Research Director

The US$ 1.4 billion University of Oklahoma Foundation named Brad Johnson as chief investment officer. Johnson will start in the middle of July and replaces Ben Stewart who left for real estate development firm Humphreys Co. as managing director of investor relations. Johnson comes from Cambridge Associates, where he was director of quantitative research and a managing director. Johnson will report to Guy L. Patton, president and CEO of the foundation.

Investment Fund for Foundations Hires Chris Anderson

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Follow the Money – Episode 48



This long-form podcast was recorded on December 11, 2018. Michael Maduell dissects the latest geopolitical trends that can impact institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments. Maduell lends his opinion on the lawsuit of Neiman Marcus and bumps in the road for augmented reality.

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1:15 Huawei, Canada, Brexit, and Macron Headache
6:30 Sovereign Wealth Fund Asset Allocation
9:58 India Gets a New Central Bank Governor
13:26 Pensions Go Bust on U.S. Retailers
17:04 Augmented Reality and Sovereign Funds
22:00 Former CalPERS CIO Goes to Morgan Stanley Investment Management
24:30 Oman Investment Fund Goes on Defense in Public Markets
25:00 Japanese Scandals and Opportunities


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Danica Pensions Sells Danica Pension Sweden



Danica Pension sold Danske Pension Försikringsaktiebolag (publ) (also known as Danica Pension Sweden) to a group of investors for around 2.6 billion SEK. Danica Pension is part of Danske Bank A/S. Of the total amount, 2.3 billion SEK is being paid in cash, while the rest is in the form of a debt instrument from Danica Pension.

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Stephen Gilmore Named CIO of New Zealand Superannuation Fund



The Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation appointed Stephen Gilmore as chief investment officer. Previously, Gilmore was Chief Investment Strategist at Australia’s Future Fund – holding a series of positions between 2009 and 2018. In a press release, NZSF CEO Matt Whineray said, “We are delighted to have been able to attract a global investment leader of Stephen’s calibre to the Guardians. The NZ Super Fund is expected to grow strongly over the next few years and Stephen’s experience at the Future Fund, one of the world’s leading sovereign wealth funds, will be invaluable.”

Gilmore’s appointment is effective late February 2019.

Gilmore also had roles at Morgan Stanley, Banque AIG, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Chase Manhattan Bank.

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