Denmark's ATP hires new head of HR
Danish pension giant ATP has hired Bård Grande, 50, as its new head of human resources. Grande, a Norwegian national, replaces Lilian Mogensen, who has been assigned to other duties at ATP. He was most recently head of HR for 14,000 production employees at drugs company Novo Nordisk, and will join ATP's executive management group.
ATP fires head of British pension venture
ATP has fired Morten Nilsson, the head of wholly-owned British pension provider Now Pensions. Nilsson led the foundation of Now Pensions six years ago, and was head of business development at ATP before that.
Denmark's AP Pension hires new head of equities
Danish pension provider AP Pension has hired Rasmus Cederholm in a newly-created position of head of equities. He comes from a position as senior portfolio manager for global equities at Nykredit Asset Management.
Sweden's AP7 hires new money manager
Sweden's AP7 has hired Pontus von Essen as senior portfolio manager, writes IPE. He was previously deputy CIO at Ericsson Pensionsstiftelse, the employee pension fund at Ericsson.
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Danish asset managers have an edge in Germany because of their stronger ESG/SRI bias, according to Thomas Justen, head of wholesale business in DACH countries for Jyske Capital. "Even a small country like Denmark can offer attractive niche solutions to international clients," he says, and explains how the investment culture differs in Germany.
Norway’s Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (OPF) is putting up to NOK 200 million into a new fund investing in the country’s emerging technology companies. CIO Kjetil Houg says the public sector pension fund is not only buying into the new fund for a good return, but also to gain knowledge about this market segment.
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.