People Moves: Fidelity, Aberdeen Standard, BlackRock, Jupiter, Invesco, Allianz, Irish Funds, Withers, BlueCove, Fitch, Crestbridge

Pedro Gonçalves
People Moves: Fidelity, Aberdeen Standard, BlackRock, Jupiter, Invesco, Allianz, Irish Funds, Withers, BlueCove, Fitch, Crestbridge

Fidelity International has appointed Andrew McCaffery as global chief investment officer (CIO) of alternatives and solutions.

In this newly created role, McCaffery will lead the development of Fidelity International's alternatives and solutions franchises, which will include the existing multi asset, investment solutions design and real estate teams. He will also drive the development of new capabilities in these areas for the business.  He previously worked at Aberdeen Standard Investments for eight years, where he held the role of global head of strategic client investments. 

Aberdeen Standard Investments
Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has promoted Robert McKillop to the newly created role of global head of product & client solutions, as it creates a client solutions arm.

The new division will operate globally and incorporate Robert's current UK proposition, digital advice, product development and management, and product strategy responsibilities, as well as broader responsibility for solutions. McKillop was previously the global head of product & investment specialists at ASI.

BlackRock has announced that Sarah Melvin has been appointed to the newly created role as head of the UK, for which she will return to London from the US.

She will come back to London in May from her most recent role as head of the institutional client business for the US and Canada. While over in the US, she also previously held the role as chief of staff to chairman and CEO Larry Fink. She has been at BlackRock for 13 years. 

Jupiter Asset Management has appointed smaller companies analyst Matt Cable to replace James Zimmerman as manager of its £400m UK Smaller Companies fund.

Cable will join the group's UK equities team later this year and will take over management of the fund following a transition period. He joins from M&G Investment Management where he has been a smaller companies analyst since 2011 having previously held a number of strategic and commercial roles.

Invesco has appointed Colin Fitzgerald to the newly-created role of head of EMEA distribution amid a raft of sales changes at the firm.

Fitzgerald's appointment coincides with the creation of a distribution leadership team with Sergio Trezzi named head of retail sales across EMEA after leading cross-border distribution for several years.

Allianz Global Investors has appointed Barbara Rupf Bee from UBS to head up its distribution function in the EMEA region.

She will take on her new role on the 15 May, reporting to Tobias Pross, who continued in this role on an interim basis following his appointment as global head of distribution in April 2018. She will also become a member of the executive committee.

Irish Funds
Irish Funds, the representative body for international investment funds in Ireland, has announced the appointment of a new Head of EU Affairs. Umar Ahmed, will be based in Brussels and be responsible for leading the advocacy on key EU policy, legislative and regulatory developments.

The newly created role in the heart of Europe marks Irish Funds' efforts in securing continuous engagement with EU institutions and enhancing its lobbying capabilities.

Withers law firm has hired Rachel Hawkins as a corporate tax partner in London.  She joins the firm from O'Melveny & Myers, and previously worked at Baker & McKenzie.

Hawkins advises on share and asset sales and purchases, corporate finance transactions, corporate and fund formations and restructurings, establishing and unwinding joint ventures for private equity firms, corporates and investors, working on family office transactions and the structuring of management investment arrangements.

BlueCove, the scientific fixed income asset management firm, has announced the appointment of Ulrich Koall as head of Business Development.  He will be responsible for leading and building the firm's business development capabilities, including managing the firm's relationships with the institutional investor and consultant community.

Koall has worked in the asset management industry for over 25 years and has considerable experience in scientific investment strategies.

Fitch Ratings
Fitch Ratings has named Mervyn Tang as head of ESG Research for its Sustainable Finance Group. Based in Hong Kong, Tang will oversee a newly formed research team which will primarily focus on thematic and cross sector ESG research using both internal and external datasets. 

The team's research will complement the recently launched entity and sector level ESG research and analysis now being produced globally by Fitch's credit rating analysts.  Tang will report to Andrew Steel, managing director and Fitch Ratings' global group head of Sustainable Finance.

Crestbridge has grown its senior team in Luxembourg ahead of a period of anticipated growth in the jurisdiction. Aleksander Jakima has joined the PSF team, which provides regulated domiciliation, incorporation and management services to companies, as director and day-to-day manager. 

In addition, Sue Saddul has become the conducting officer of the Crestbridge management company (ManCo), in charge of portfolio management for real assets, and a board member. She has over 30 years' experience working with multi-national institutions in Luxembourg as well as institutional, private businesses and start-ups in the UK and Mauritius, and across several industries - including manufacturing, construction, media and communications and financial services.