PLSA, NN Group, IASB, Legg Mason, JP Morgan Asset Management, Union Investment, Natixis, UBS, Deutsche Asset Management, First State, RobecoSAM, Hermes Investment Management, Fidante, Barnett Waddingham, FundRockPensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) – The UK occupational pensions trade body has appointed Caroline Escott as defined benefit and investment policy lead. She will lead the PLSA’s investment related public policy, research and publication work. Before joining the PLSA Escott worked as a senior policy adviser for the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (formerly APFA). She has also worked at Hume Brophy, the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association, and as a parliamentary researcher.NN Group – Satish Bapat has been appointed chairman of the new executive board of NN Group for NN Investment Partners and Delta Lloyd Asset Management, part of the recently acquired insurer and asset manager Delta Lloyd. Bapat has been chief executive of NN Investment Partners since 1 April, taking over from Stan Beckers, who has retired. The board now comprises Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijzen (CIO), Hester Borrie (CCO) and Martijn Canisius (CFRO). The latter has joined from Delta Lloyd. The other board members originate from NN IP. The board still has a vacancy for chief human relations officer.International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) – Nick Anderson and Ann Tarca have been appointed members, taking the board to its full capacity of 14. Anderson joins from Janus Henderson Investors in the UK, where he served as global equity portfolio manager and head of equity research in the group’s socially responsible investment team. He will join the IASB at the end of August. Tarca joins from the University of Western Australia’s Business School, where she has been an accounting teacher and researcher since 1996 and a professor since 2011. Legg Mason – Victoria Rock has been appointed head of alternatives product to head up a newly established global alternatives team from the company’s London office. She previously acted as consultant to the Baltimore-based asset manager’s international product team. She has also been global head of the hedge fund platform at Citigroup Global Private Bank. Chris Larsen has also been appointed to the global alternatives team.JP Morgan Asset Management – The asset manager has created a new global special situations group as part of its alternatives business. Brad Demong and Leander Christofides, who left JP Morgan’s corporate and investment bank last year, have been appointed co-chief investment officers to run the new group. Anton Pil, managing partner of JP Morgan Global Alternatives, said the move “represents an immediate, significant expansion” of the firm’s existing private credit offering in its alternatives business.Union Investment – Christian Kopf will take over from Frank Engels as head of fixed income fund management in September. Kopf was most recently a partner at Spinnaker Capital in London, an investment management company specialising in investments in emerging markets. He held joint responsibility for the macro segment, which covers investments in government bonds, interest-rate products and foreign exchange, and was fund manager of the Spinnaker Emerging Markets Macro fund. He was also head of the global investment committee. Engels became head of multi asset portfolio management at the start of this year.Natixis Global Asset Management – Oliver Bilal has been hired as head of international sales and marketing, overseeing all related distribution and institutional activities across Europe, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. Bilal was previously head of EMEA at UBS Asset Management. Natixis has also made several internal appointments, such as giving Beverly Bearden, executive vice president of human resources, the additional role of deputy chief executive.Deutsche Asset Management – Arjen Jonk has been named as head of passive investments for Benelux at Deutsche Asset Management. He will be tasked with relationship management for important Dutch clients and will be also responsible for passive products in the Benelux. Jonk joined Deutsche AM in 2012 as a sales manager at its Benelux team. The asset manager is looking to appoint additional passive investment specialists, who are to report to Jonk.First State Investments – Todd Warren will succeed Joanne Warner as head of global resources, effective 1 July. Warner will retire from fund management in August after 20 years as portfolio manager within the global resources team. Warren has been at First State for over 15 years, and is being promoted from global resources portfolio manager. Tai Lomnitzer will become deputy head of global resources.RobecoSAM – The investment specialist focused on sustainability investing has made four client relations appointments. Stéphane Matile was appointed head of wholesale clients/country head for Switzerland and Rüdiger Zeppenfeld was named head of institutional clients. Johannes Weisser and Susanne Linhardt were appointed senior client portfolio manager and client portfolio manager. All four started on 1 May.Hermes Investment Management – The asset manager wholly owned by the BT Pension Scheme has made four appointments to its sales and client relationship teams. Antoinette Eltz joins from Twelve Capital and will be responsible for strengthening support for Hermes’ European clients. Thomas Shuttlewood joins as a client service manager from Fidelity Worldwide Investment. Dan Churchouse and Siman Thind have been appointed associate directors within the UK wholesale and UK institutional teams respectively. Churchouse joins from Kames Capital, while Thind moved to Hermes earlier this year from Morgan Stanley.Fidante Partners Europe – The multi-boutique investment firm has hired James Munce as chief operating officer. He will start his role on 24 July. His most recent role was as a director and chief operating officer of the Fund Solutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.Barnett Waddingham – Jane Ralph has been appointed corporate actuary, with responsibility for leading the firm’s expansion of its corporate client base in the Midlands. She spent the last 25 years at Mercer in a variety of roles. Most recently her role was to identify and then manage or transfer pension risk for a range of UK and multinational corporate clients.FundRock Management Company – The Luxembourg-based fund services company has appointed Enda Fahy as head of its illiquid alternatives function. The intention is that he will build out the company’s real estate, private equity and private debt offering. He relocates to Luxembourg from London, where he was head of the Cosgrave Group family office.
Facebook Twitter Google+ One team scored 40-plus points and the other was shut out in Eric Dungey’s first snaps as a freshman quarterback, a game he found himself in because of an injury to the starter.He was 15, manning the Lakeridge (Oregon) High School offense against powerhouse Canby (Oregon) in 2011. Lakeridge lost 41-0, forcing a play-in game just to make the 32-team state tournament.“That was getting thrown into the wolves right there,” Dungey said. “But it kind of prepared me for what this is right now.”What this is right now is what nobody expected.Fifth-year senior quarterback Terrel Hunt tearing his Achilles just seven minutes and 27 seconds into the season. A true freshman taking the reins, surrounded by intrigue and uncertainty, guiding Syracuse to a 47-0 win against Rhode Island. A semi-circle of cameras pinning the 19-year-old up against a wall as he gives brief, soft-spoken answers about prepping for a conference opponent just four days after being thrust onto the Carrier Dome turf.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNobody in Dungey’s inner-circle thought he’d play this year – his mom, dad and high school coach were certain he’d redshirt. At 6-foot-3, his hush is a surprise, his humility an added bonus. Coaches rave about his windmill dunks on the hardwood and mobility on the gridiron. A versatile athleticism complemented by an aura that draws respect from elders he now has to lead.A year ago, Dungey was 2,798 miles away without his name attached to a college, starting a senior season in which SU offensive coordinator Tim Lester needed to see polish. Now, the keys to a reformed offense lie in his hands as Syracuse tries to return to relevance.“Eric Dungey has paid his dues,” fifth-year senior center Rob Trudo said. “He’s our quarterback now.”Syracuse wasn’t going to take a quarterback in the 2015 class, but Lester expanded the search once three-star QB holdover Alin Edouard’s arrival became cloudy. Recruiting director Eric White scoured major recruiting sites and compiled a list of the top 150 uncommitted signal-callers. Lester watched film on each one and Dungey’s tape stuck out.On a visit to Syracuse during last season, Dungey watched practice from the sideline. Scott Shafer approached him to survey his thoughts, and Dungey astutely responded along the lines of, “So coach, ‘Seattle’ is double slant and ‘Fargo’ is clear-out flat,” clarifying what plays coincided with certain calls.“Most young men would say, ‘Oh yeah coach, everything looks good,’” Shafer said. “Right then, I knew, hey, he’s a locked-in guy that watches the game differently than most young people.”That observant, intellectual demeanor lends itself to Dungey’s placidity off the field. His mother, Cindy, says he’s always had a quietness to him, and his father, Tim, says he won’t take over a room at first.Even after heroics, Dungey is tame. He’d just thrown a game-winning touchdown on the last play against Lakeridge’s rival his junior year. Facing the media postgame, Dungey only gave credit to his coaches and the opposing players.“We all kind of followed suit,” Dungey’s high school friend, Andrew DeMonico said. “That was one of the best examples of leadership I’ve ever seen in a high school kid ever.”Speaking with reporters Tuesday, one of Dungey’s answers centered around staying focused for his teammates. Another around Lester and Shafer giving him confidence. Other questions elicited immense praise for Hunt as a mentor and how all to expect on Saturday is for him to do the best for his teammates.Cliché, but by the book. No answer given with any aggression, just a tranquility masking his football flare.“No one wants a quarterback coming in running their mouth right away,” said Taylor Barton, Dungey’s private quarterback coach. “You’ve got to go earn your stripes, and that’s what Eric’s done.”Between the hashmarks is a gunslinger that holds his high school records for most single-season passing yards (2,395), passing touchdowns (22) and career passing yards (10,124). Outside those, a dart with cleats – initially hidden by his height – that ran for 982 yards and 15 touchdowns last year.SU coaches voice full confidence in not having to scale back the playbook, but even Dungey didn’t think he’d become immersed in it this quickly.“When we were visiting with the coaches during all of our visits and what not, (redshirting) was the plan,” Cindy said. “I think Eric had embraced that because he saw the value of having the opportunity to get another year of education paid for.”Even though she thought redshirting was still a possibility as recent as last Friday afternoon, Cindy was planning to fly from Oregon to Syracuse for the game. Eric told her not to – even if he got in at the end of a blowout – since the airfare was too steep. It was the first football game of his she’s ever missed, but now she’ll be seated in the Dome bleachers when her son trots out for his first collegiate start on Saturday.Tim wishes Hunt was still the starter and Eric was redshirting, acknowledging his son will be humbled in the coming weeks, but knowing he can handle it. Lakeridge head coach John Parke expected his former prodigy to get in for the last 15 seconds against the Rams once he was named the No. 2, but now finds himself hoping an increased bulk just isn’t too much.A situation pulled from the realm of the unrealistic is now countered with cautious optimism.Before playing Rhode Island, Lakeridge principal Jennifer Schiele texted Dungey reminding him to slide when he escapes the pocket, which Lester noted he did. Parke mentions how even as a freshman, Dungey served as a role model to older players and how it mimics what he’ll be tasked with.His Lakeridge days have relevance now, just on a bigger stage. It’s a platform the teenager with peach fuzz creeping up his neck now finds himself at the center of, and one that showcases him at the helm of a new era in Syracuse football.“I’ve always been more of the, ‘Let’s see what happens; if it happens, great,’ all the way through high school,” Tim said. “To be honest with you, it’s surreal.” Comments Published on September 10, 2015 at 8:39 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman