SNPF, SBMN, Nomura, Royal London Asset Management, Towers Watson, Delta Lloyd, AFMSNPF – Sjoerd Hoogterp has been appointed the new director for the €1.4bn occupational pension fund for notaries. He is to succeed Eric Uijen, who on 1 June became director of the €39bn metal scheme PME. Hoogterp has previously been interim director at the pension fund Celtona – currently in liquidation – as well as at PWRI, the €7.3bn pension fund for disabled workers and is currently assisting Pensioenfonds Mercurius Amsterdam (PMA) with its liquidation process. Following the 2016 merger SNPF and SBMN, the €1bn fund for the staff of notaries, Hoogterp is to head up the new fund’s pension bureau.Nomura Asset Management – Andreas Koerner is to become the Japanese asset manager’s new head of client relations and marketing for EMEA, following the retirement of Mark Roxburgh at the end of the month. Roxburgh leaves after 15 years with the firm, with his replacement moving over from the fund’s German business, where he has been for 12 years, lately as chief executive.Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) – John Burke is to join the UK asset manager in September as head of institutional, responsible for business development. Burke moves over from Newton Investment Management, where he held a similar role – working with the firm for 15 years. Burke will report to current head of distribution Rob Williams. Towers Watson – Ann Flynn has joined the consultancy as a senior consultant in its UK defined contribution (DC) practice, responsible for business development. Flynn left insurance company Standard Life in 2013, where she was head of workplace distribution, to set up her own consultancy. She has over 20 years experience in DC and insurance-based options, and has worked at Scottish Widows and Aegon.Delta Lloyd – Rob Ruijter has been named chairman of the insurer’s supervisory board (RvC). He is to succeed Jean Frijns, who announced his resignation as of 1 October, following a dispute between Delta Lloyd and supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank. Ruijter has been a member of Delta Lloyd’s supervisory board since 2014. Currently, he is chairman of the company’s remuneration committee and a member of both the audit and the risk committee within the RvC.AFM – Femke de Vries has been appointed to the board of the Dutch communications watchdog, a position she will take up from 1 October. She will succeed Theodor Kockelkoren, who is to leave on 15 October. Currently, De Vries is head of operational management at supervisor DNB. She has been supervisory head of pension funds at the regulator.
Last week Gazidis maintained improved commercial deals would see an “escalation in our financial firepower”, with an additional £70million understood to have been set aside should Wenger wish to land a marquee signing. Arsenal have been linked with both England forward Wayne Rooney and Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain. “The ambition that (majority shareholder) Stan Kroenke, Arsene Wenger, the players, our staff and I know all of the fans have is to be competing to win the Premier League and Champions League. If we are at that level, the trophies will come,” he added. “Those long term commercial deals have come up for renewal. You know about the Emirates (stadium and sponsorship) deal, I can’t talk about the (new) kit deal yet, but we’re confident of a good result there too. “It is all about giving us the capability to go to the manager and to say ‘here is the money for you to compete’. That is why we are in this stadium and that is what we want to do.” Wenger, 63, is heading towards the final season of his current contract and has been linked with taking charge at big-spending Ligue 1 side Paris St Germain, although Gazidis remains hopeful an extension can be reached with the French coach who helped guide Arsenal back into a top-four finish in the Premier League and with it another shot at the Champions League. Gazidis added: “It is no secret that we think he (Wenger) has done a fantastic job and we think we can give him the tools he needs. “When we are thinking about trusting someone with the type of money we will have, we can think of nobody better than Arsene. He is not scared to spend money, but he has to believe he is getting a top-class player.” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis accepts it will be a “big summer” for the club in the transfer market and re-iterated significant funds were available should manager Arsene Wenger wish to spend them. The Gunners are determined to improve the strength of the squad ahead of next season to mount a long-overdue sustained assault for a Barclays Premier League title. “It is a big summer. We have been working very, very hard to gain the kind of financial capability we need as a football club to be at the very top end of the game,” he said during a question and answer session with Arsenal supporters at the Emirates Stadium. Press Association
Sunderland new boy David Moberg Karlsson is hoping to emulate compatriot Sebastian Larsson as he prepares to launch his career on Wearside. He added: “I talked to [former Black Cat] Tobias [Hysen, a team-mate at Gothenburg] about Sunderland before my move; he talked well about Sunderland, the city as well, so it’s great. “I have heard about how the fans are crazy about games. It’s fun, you want passion in football – that’s why you play.” Press Association The 19-year-old Swede has watched senior international Larsson from afar during his time in the Barclays Premier League and is looking forward to linking up with him at the Stadium of Light. Karlsson told the club’s official website: “I have seen Seb for many years now when he was a young player and I looked at the Barclays Premier League. I looked at him playing football for a long time, so I’m a big fan.”