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Blackrock has found a new head of retail; Nordea Asset Management has created a new regulatory reporting team within its Products & Operations unit, a new CEO is appointed at Danica Ejendomme, and Danish pension fund ATP is hiring a new corporate vice president of HR.

Saxo Bank: We are part of the solution, not the problem

For a quarter of a century, Saxo Bank has produced solid results and growth that few businesses can match. Even so, the Danish people have yet to completely embrace the bank. CEO Kim Fournais hopes this will change and that the bank will receive the recognition that he believes is due. (Corrected)

Career Path: "Politics was part of our dinner-table talk at home"

Peter Damgaard Jensen, chief executive of Danish pension fund provider PKA, has always had a head for the bigger picture, and opted for the twin disciplines of politics and economics at university. Perhaps the constant discussions between his politically-aware parents and their visitors in his childhood home helped form his mindset.

"Getting fired was the best thing that happened to me!"

Career Path: Jesper Kirstein, the founder of Denmark's best-known pensions and investment consultancy reveals the motivation that drove him to create his own business in 1993, at a time when he has now just done it a second time with his new investment management firm Spektrum.

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Danske Invest’s German unit gains new business development director, Varma hires a new director of Responsible Investment, and Swedbank Robur appoints a new head of sustainability analysis.

Career Path: "This way of thinking became genetic within Pensam"

Consultant Helen Kobæk became a pioneer in the Danish labour market pensions sector during her 30 years as chief executive of Pensam. Looking back over her career after retiring from the fund last year, she sees early signs of what was to become her hallmark holistic approach to problem-solving.

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New directors for responsible investments at Varma, sustainability research at Robur and business development for Danske Invest in Germany.

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After a decade at Danish pension fund Pensam, Benny Buchardt Andersen unexpectedly quits. Just one year after being promoted to top management.

"The AP Funds became my Hotel California..."

Career path: Persuaded to leave his home town of Motala for the Swedish capital in the depths of the Swedish recession in the early 1990s, renowned pensions expert Mats Langensjö who has led one public inquiry and three reviews, dating back to 1996, into the country’s the AP funds system of national pensions buffer funds. Had Nordic Pensions pioneer Ola Larson not believed in him, Langensjö doubts he would be on the successful career he has now.

Sweden: PPM savers need fewer, better options, not state management, says Langensjö

Pension providers in the Premium Pension System (PPM) – currently in the process of a major reform following scandals about rogue providers – have a big responsibility to help individuals make choices, according to pensions expert Mats Langensjö. The former chair of the Swedish AP funds reform expresses his views on the system in a paper.

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IFB CEO quits after merger with Finance Denmark, Pensam hires new CIO from rival PKA, and MP Pension's new head of communications leaves government job, Meanwhile, Formuepleje hires a new press coordinator, s new Senior Strategist teams up with old friends at Carnegie, and a wealthy European real estate family hires Danish legal-sector veteran.

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Top management is undergoing changes at Nordea Liv & Pension, Carnegie brings in a new co-head of Investment Banking, Danske Bank lays off two Private Equity executives, and Handelsbanken's financial analyst joins rival – check out the latest news about people in the Nordic asset management industry.

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