Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Announces Series of Executive Appointments

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The CPPIB is welcoming two executives into new posts and saying goodbye to another this week.

The board has appointed or promoted two new Senior Managing Directors, one of whom will replace a departing Managing Director as Global Head of Private Investments.

More details from a release:

Mark Wiseman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), is pleased to announce the following senior executive appointments:

* Mark Jenkins is promoted to Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Private Investments responsible for leading the direct private equity, infrastructure, principal credit investments, natural resources and portfolio value creation functions. Mr. Jenkins, who becomes a member of CPPIB’s Senior Management Team, joined CPPIB in 2008 and most recently held the role of Managing Director, Head of Principal Investments.

* Pierre Lavallée is appointed to the new role of Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Investment Partnerships. Mr. Lavallée will lead this new investment department to focus on broadening relationships with CPPIB’s external managers in private and public market funds, secondaries and co-investments, expanding direct private equity investments in Asia and further building thematic investing capabilities. Mr. Lavallée, who joined CPPIB in 2012, will continue in his current role as Senior Managing Director & Chief Talent Officer until a successor is appointed.

These appointments are effective immediately.

Mr. Wiseman also announced today that André Bourbonnais will be leaving CPPIB to assume the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board in Montreal, effective March 30, 2015. Mr. Bourbonnais joined CPPIB in 2006 and was most recently Senior Managing Director & Global Head of Private Investments.

You can read the biographies of the new Senior Managing Directors here.

 

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Study: Pension Funds Flock to ETFs for Diversification

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A recent survey of European institutional investors, including almost 70 pension funds, attempted to pin down why institutional investors are driven towards ETFs.

The research, conducted by Greenwich Associates, concluded that most investors are drawn toward ETFs because of the diversification they promise.

More on the results from Investments & Pensions Europe:

Pension fund allocations to exchange-traded fund (ETFs) are driven by diversification and tactics over short-term transition management, research shows.

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The study, sponsored by BlackRock, also found 69% of pension fund investors used ETFs for international diversification.

More than half (53%) used the funds for tactical adjustment in portfolios, as well as part of a core allocation.

Only 9% used ETFs for transitional management, with roughly one in 10 using the strategy for interim beta or overlay management.

The report said: “Despite the widespread use of ETFs for tactical applications, few institutions are employing ETFs as true short-term investments.

“Less than 2% of study participants report average holding periods of a month or shorter. In practice, European pension funds seem to be employing ETFs in the most strategic manner.”

The full report can be accessed here.

 

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