Wednesday people roundup

first_imgTowers Watson – Edouard Stucki is to leave the Swiss arm of the global consultancy after more than a decade as a senior investment consultant. Stucki said he was planning to move onto new challenges, in what would be a “new phase” in his career. In other news, Jo Kite has been appointed as the firm’s head of pensions and benefits for its Scotland practice. Kite joins from Scottish insurer Standard Life, where she was director of workplace proposition, and brings further experience from Aviva and Delta Lloyd.La Française – Guillaume Dhamelincourt is to join the French asset manager as head of sales for Asia, moving to the position from minor subsidiary firm JK Capital Management. Dhamelincourt joined JK Capital Management in 2011 and will step into his new role based from its offices in Hong Kong. He comes with experience as investment director at InfraRed Capital Partners in London.Hermes Fund Managers – Jennifer Stillman has been appointed director of consultant relations. She joins from Nightscape Capital, where she was head of business development.  She has also previously held roles with Caliburn Capital, Man Investments, PanAgora Asset Management and Clay Finlay. Investec Asset Management – Investec has further expanded its European Client Group with the opening of an Italian office, following the hire of Marco Orsi as Italian sales director. Orsi joins Sarah Pastore, Italian sales manager, in focusing on the Italian market.AMP Capital – AMP has made a number of senior appointments to its global infrastructure debt team in London. Emma Haight joins the team as director from NIBC Bank, where she was vice-president in the Project Finance division. James Fox is joining at the end of April as associate director. He previously worked in the finance team at British Land. PMT, bfinance, USS, Pensions Regulator, Towers Watson, La Française, Hermes Fund Managers, Investec Asset Management, AMP CapitalPMT – The €48bn metal scheme PMT has appointed Joep Schouten and John Spruit on its board as pensioner representatives. Schouten had been nominated by the association of pensioners. He is a veteran in the pensions industry, having worked 37 years for the pensions provider for the building sector (the Sociaal Fonds voor de Bouwnijverheid, renamed Cordares), 13 years of which he served as chief executive. Spruit represents the unions. He has been a pensions specialist at provider Syntrus Achmea between 2000 and 2007 and has been a board member at six other pension funds since then.bfinance – The investment consultancy has Emily Porter-Lynch as a director in the Investment Advisory. Prior to joining bfinance, she was a senior investment manager at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), where she helped oversee a multi-billion dollar allocation to hedge fund strategies. Prior to joining USS, she was an investment director at Key Asset Management.Pensions Regulator (TPR) – The UK government has named the new chairman of the Pensions Regulator, appointing a former banker as successor to Michael O’Higgins. Mark Boyle will assume the role from April. The incoming chairman is currently independent non-executive chairman of the UK Land Registry and has worked at Lloyds Bank and Kleinwort Benson.last_img read more

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Holt: Slide should have come as no surprise

first_imgOccam’s Razor is the principle that the simplest theory is often the preferred one.In real world applications, that means Barry Bonds probably did steroids, and it’s more likely that guy in New Mexico had a bad dream instead of being abducted by aliens.And in the case of the Wisconsin men’s hockey team – the group that was expected to hover around the .500 mark yet surprised the college hockey world by sharing the Division I lead in total wins (19) at the end of January? Why did the Badgers suddenly slip, going winless in seven games before what was little more than a moral-boosting victory against Colorado College Saturday?Maybe it was a lack of focus or a coaching problem. Maybe fate decided it would be funnier for Jake Gardiner to hit crossbars and posts instead of the back of the net.Or maybe it’s what everyone assumed at the beginning of the season: This team just isn’t that good, and it will struggle to make the NCAA tournament.I previously called this team a Frozen Four contender, but I can admit that I was wrong.First, this isn’t a slight to any of the individual talent on the team. Sophomore center Craig Smith usually looks like the best player on the ice, and his linemates, Jordy Murray and Mark Zengerle, are also in the top-five in scoring for UW. Defenseman Justin Schultz leads Division I blueliners in scoring and his defensive partner Gardiner is third.But the Badgers’ top five scorers are Schultz, Smith, Gardiner, Zengerle and Murray, who have combined for 68 goals, 118 assists and 186 points. The rest of the Badgers are 54-98-152, which means UW’s top line and top D-pair account for 55 percent of Wisconsin’s scoring.You can’t have such a steep drop-off in scoring and expect to contend in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The scoring distribution has been like that all season, and it finally caught up to the Badgers.This team at the top can go toe-to-toe with anybody in the nation. It’s the supporting cast that’s lagging. When this team looked outclassed – a series sweep by North Dakota comes to mind – the Badgers’ lack of depth was severely exposed.Last year’s national title game squad had its big guns in Hobey Baker winner Blake Geoffrion, fellow All-America Brendan Smith and current NHL rookie phenom Derek Stepan. But with guys like Michael Davies, Ben Street and Andy Bombach also posting big seasons, there were few teams with as much depth as Wisconsin.One year later and UW has been exposed as a team that relies too much on select players.Senior Podge Turnbull is only one of five Badgers with double-digit goals. At times, freshmen Tyler Barnes and Michael Mersch have shown the flashes of greatness that indicate they’ll have good years – next year or the year after that. But unsurprisingly, the freshmen have been inconsistent in their first years of WCHA play.And when Eaves trotted out lines of Sean Dolan-Patrick Johnson-Ryan Little and an all-freshman line of Jefferson Dahl centering whoever played best the week before in practice, it was like UW was playing two checking lines. You can’t do that and win.So what happens when five guys are shouldering the scoring burden for the team? Apparently, Atlas gets tired. Mighty tired.Nobody on the team will admit it, but recently, this team looks out of gas. Maybe the freshmen – six to eight might be in the lineup any given night – are being worn down by a WCHA schedule combined with college coursework. Or maybe the big hitters are out there too long for UW.“I think [fatigue] plays a role,” Smith said last Friday. “But I don’t think it should be an excuse.”More importantly, that means two of the most important cogs in this machine – Schultz and Gardiner – are seemingly on the ice 66 percent of the game.Head coach Mike Eaves and his staff don’t keep track of ice time, but that top defensive pair is usually on the ice for at least half of the game. The other two defensive pairs aren’t liabilities but certainly aren’t at the caliber of Gardiner and Schultz.The other factor in Gardiner and Schultz spending so much time on the ice is how much the Badgers rely on them offensively as well as defensively. They man the point for the first-unit power play and are counted on to produce points, which recently, UW has struggled to do.Yet still, there’s no admission of fatigue.“Those two guys, they can go all day,” Eaves said of Gardiner and Schultz. “They’re in great shape; they don’t get tired easily.”Wisconsin probably rode its top five guys as long as it could. If you looked at the Badgers’ 20-14-4 record right now and didn’t have any context to go by, it would look about right, given the talent. The things that appear confusing are the 12-of-13 win streak early in 2011 and the 1-6-1 stretch to finish the regular season.So now UW heads to Colorado Springs for a rematch with Colorado College in a best-of-three series. The grim reality for the Badgers – who before their winless February were in position for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament – is that they probably need to win this series and then hoist the Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA tournament champions to make the NCAA field at all.And to do so, Wisconsin will likely need to beat at least one of the following teams in St. Paul: North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, Denver and Nebraska-Omaha – teams UW went 1-8-1 against in the regular season.UW’s top talent is great, but five guys can’t put 13 other skaters on their backs. In hockey, five skaters do not make a team. The truth was out there as soon as the season was ready to begin: Wisconsin is not an elite hockey team this year. Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Think UW is cooked, or will the Badgers go on a postseason run? Email him at [email protected] or tweet @AdamJSHolt.last_img read more

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