Tim Gardener has joined Aon Hewitt's investment team as partner after leaving AXA Investment Managers where he was global head of its institutional client group.
In his new role, Gardener (pictured above) will report to Aon's head of UK investments Tim Giles.
At AXA, he had worked in consulting and marketing to key clients and prospects, and also took part in the design and promotion of its smart beta strategies.
He started his career in Duncan C. Fraser, which was later bought by Mercer where he spent 24 years and eventually became global chief investment officer.
Aon Hewitt chief executive of EMEA Andy Cox said: "Tim Gardener's career has spanned all kinds of market conditions, all sizes of pension scheme and numerous legislative changes. He therefore brings almost unparalleled experience to our investment team."
Gardener added: "I was attracted to Aon because it is a large firm with all the resources and advantages that go with that. However, it is still keenly aware that each scheme wants and needs advice which is tailored to its own circumstances."
AXA IM told PP it will not be replacing Gardener. A spokesperson said: "We recently restructured the client group in order to simplify our organisation and enhance our ability to respond to client needs by providing coherency and improve efficiency."
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