PEOPLE MOVES: Willis Towers Watson, Invesco Real Estate, Alcentra, Interactive Investor

Willis Towers Watson

Willis Towers Watson, the global advisory, brokerage and risk management business formed last year with the merger  of London-based Willis Group Holdings and Arlington, Virgina-based Towers Watson, has named Albert Li to head up its Hong Kong and Taiwan insurance consulting and technology operations.

The company said it had also made a number of other appointments, including naming Mei-Chee Shum to head of its life operations in North Asia; Kevin Angelini as head of strategy for Asia Pacific; and David Maneval as head of its property and casualty business in South Asia.

Li, who will be based in Hong Kong, comes to Willis Towers Watson from Cigna’s Indonesian outpost, where he was chief actuary and chief risk officer for the past three years. Prior to this he spent three years with Chubb Life in Vietnam, after 24 years as an actuary in the US life insurance industry.

At Willis Towers Watson, Li will be responsible for developing opportunities and supporting clients in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, the company said, while managing the Hong Kong business.

Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Shum held a number of senior positions across Asia, most recently as chief marketing officer for AIA’s operations in the Philippines and group head of Product Strategy for the AIA Group based in Hong Kong. Angelini comes to Willis Towers Watson from Generali Asia, where he was head of strategy and business development.

Both Shum and Angelini will also be based in Hong Kong.

Li, Shum and Angelini all report to Richard Collis, managing director of Willis Towers Watson’s Insurance Consulting and Technology business in Asia Pacific.

Invesco Real Estate
Invesco Real Estate, the globally-focused property investment arm of the US-based Invesco group, has expanded its Structured Investments group by naming Yorick Starr senior director of the business.

Starr, pictured left, who will be based in New York, comes to Invesco Real Estate from Wells Fargo & Co, where he was senior vice president of Wells Fargo Real Estate Merchant Banking Group in New York.

At Invesco Real Estate, Starr will be involved in sourcing and structuring new debt investments, managing external relationships, monitoring existing investments, and leveraging the broader Invesco Real Estate platform, the company said in a statement.

Alcentra
Vijay Rajguru has been named co-chief investment officer at Alcentra Limited and Alcentra NY – which together represent the BNY Mellon Investment Management’s fixed income operations. BNY Mellon didn’t say who if anyone he replaced.

Rajguru, pictured right, comes to Alcentra from GoldenTree Asset Management, where he was a partner, having joined the firm in 2007. There he had been responsible for sourcing and originating loan, bond and structured credit investments, as well as restructuring stressed and distressed assets. Prior to GoldenTree, he was managing director and head of Loan Capital Markets at Barclays Capital. He began his career with Chase Manhattan Bank.

At Alcentra Rajguru will oversee Alcentra’s global direct lending and loan businesses in Europe and the US. He will also oversee its capital markets activities.

Interactive Investor
Interactive Investor, a London-based online trading and investment platform, has named John Baines non-executive director. He will chair the privately-held company’s audit committee.

Baines currently sits on the board of the State Bank of India (UK) and Distribution Finance Capital, and has also been a non-executive director with Coutts & Co (UK), Coutts Bank Von Ernst (Switzerland), Adam & Co, and a non-executive chairman of RBS International (Jersey).

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