Universal Investment – Ulrich Köhne, a member of Union Asset Management Holding’s management board, is to leave the company at the end of the month for personal reasons. Until a replacement for Köhne is named, his responsibilities for infrastructure and fund management will be shared by the remaining management. Köhne has been with the company since 1999.Eaton Vance Management – Hattie Burgess Franklin has been appointed institutional business development director for the UK. Franklin has more than 10 years’ experience within the UK institutional market, having held similar roles at Hermes Investment Management and Governance for Owners. Eaton Vance Management International is a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Management and the international arm of Eaton Vance, with principal offices in London and Singapore.Vanguard Asset Management – Steve Charlton has been appointed manager of Vanguard’s defined contribution proposition for Europe. He joins from Mercer, where he was most recently a principal within the consultancy’s DC leadership team. Before then, he worked at consulting firms Punter Southall and Towers Perrin.Affiliated Managers Group – Rob Geeraets has been appointed director and head of distribution for the Benelux countries. He joins from F&C Netherlands, where he was sales director, responsible for covering all institutional client segments. Before then, he held institutional marketing roles at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch and Kas Bank.Financial Reporting Council – Chris Hodge has been appointed executive director of strategy. He will have overall responsibility for the strategic direction and public perception of the FRC in the UK and internationally. Hodge joined the FRC in 2004 and is currently director of corporate governance.Sackers – The UK law firm for pension scheme trustees and sponsors has appointed Oliver Topping as a newly qualified associate. He joins from Slaughter and May, where he undertook his training contract. Separately, Dan Robson has joined the business development and marketing team from SJ Berwin.Franklin Templeton Investments – Peter Vincent has been appointed head of alternative sales for Europe. He joins from Fauchier Partners, where he was responsible for institutional business development and client relations in the UK and Ireland. He also held previous roles at Swiss Re, UFJ International and Bankers Trust. Alternative Investment Management Association, London Pensions Fund Authority, BlackRock, Universal Investment, Eaton Vance Management, Vanguard Asset Management, Affiliated Managers Group, Financial Reporting Council, Sackers, Franklin Templeton InvestmentsAlternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – The hedge fund industry association has appointed Jack Inglis as chief executive. He joins from Barclays, where he was a member of the global executive committee for Prime Services and was previously chief executive at Ferox Capital between 2007 and 2010. He also spent 16 years at Morgan Stanley, where he was co-head of European prime brokerage from 2003 to 2007. The appointment follows the announcement in June that current chief executive Andrew Baker was stepping down.London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) – Robert Vandersluis – GlaxoSmithKline’s director of global pension investments – has been appointed to the board as a non-executive director. His previous roles include senior positions at Affinity Sutton Group and Ford Credit Europe Bank. In addition, he has served on the boards of five organisations, including the Pensions Trust. The LPFA has also announced that Michael Cassidy retired from the board at the end of September following the completion of his second and final term.BlackRock – Rachel Lord has been appointed head of iShares for the EMEA region. She replaces Joe Linhares, who, after three years leading the business in Europe, will return to the US to assume a new role as global head of BlackRock’s Platinum Client programme. Lord joins from Citigroup, where she was global head of corporate equity derivatives. Before then, she spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley.
Carlos Vela had a hand — more accurately, a foot — in more than half of LAFC’s goals in the 2019 Major League Soccer season. But however many games the club will play in the MLS is Back Tournament beginning this week in Orlando, they’ll have to generate scoring without the league’s reigning MVP.Vela has opted out of competing, according to the Los Angeles Times. The league gave players the option not to compete for health or family reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vela did participate in training once teams were allowed to return to work in June. But his wife is pregnant, and he made the decision to remain home with her and their 3-year-old son.”It is in the best interest of the health of my family to stay home and be with my wife during what is a risky pregnancy,” Vela said in a statement later Monday. “I will miss being with my teammates and coaches, but I will be cheering and supporting LAFC from a distance.”OTHER ATHLETES OPTING OUTMLB | NBA MLS has created a “bubble” environment at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and adjacent Disney resort properties and has actively tested players, coaches and officials for the novel coronavirus; several members of FC Dallas and Nashville SC have tested positive, but that lifted the total to 18 players and six staff members out of 668 total. Since arrival in Orlando, only two of 329 people tested have turned up positive.The good news for the league is that the biggest-name offseason signing, Chicharito Hernandez of the Los Angeles Galaxy, has said he will participate in the MLS is Back Tournament. Chicharito has scored more goals for the Mexico national team than any player in history. With 52 goals in 109 caps, he ranks 48th all time in men’s international goals.Vela’s 34 goals last season were a league record. He helped LAFC accumulate 72 regular-season points and claim the Supporters’ Shield, though they lost in the Western Conference finals and fell short of claiming MLS Cup. He scored twice in MLS games before the coronavirus shutdown in March, as well as twice in CONCACAF Champions League games.