EUROPE - ING Investment Management is set to restructure its business into a multi-boutique model in a bid to improve performance and better manage risk.
It said these boutiques would include a strategy and asset allocation unit to be headed by Eric Siegloff, who was formerly director of tactical asset allocation and investment strategy at the firm, and an emerging market unit to be run by Rob Drijkoningen, who was previously the firm's head of emerging market fixed income before being promoted to head up its multi-asset group.
Straatman - the former chief executive of Pearl-Axial Investments and a former chief investment officer of capital markets at ABP Asset Management - said the restructure would also see the firm merge its credit and equity research teams and set up a separate risk management team, which would report directly to him.
He said the company would also change its bonus structure - spreading payments over two or three years, and clawing them back should managers underperform.
He said: "If the client gets hurt, the bonuses start getting clawed back."
Straatman said he hoped the restructure would be completed by the end of the year - and said the complete line-up of boutiques would be announced when he had finalised the make-up of the individual teams.
He told Global Pensions he had given himself three years to turn the investment performance of the business around.
Straatman said he hoped to consolidate performance this year before seeing improvements following the restructure in years two and three.
He added he hoped this improved performance would lead to greater asset inflows from next year onwards.
Mark Evans has been appointed as a director at Independent Trustee Services (ITS) to lead trustee appointments in London.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is consulting on changes to the actuarial assumptions it uses in valuations in a bid to better reflect the bulk annuity market, with schemes set to move into surplus on aggregate.
Private sector defined benefit (DB) schemes were 96.3% funded on a Pension Protection Fund (PPF) compensation basis at the end of July, according to the lifeboat fund's monthly index.
Conduent has completed the sale of its actuarial and human resource consulting business to private equity investor, H.I.G. Capital.