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UBS Asset Management Appoints Shamaila Khan as Head of Fixed Income for Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific 

UBS Asset Management announced that Shamaila Khan will join the firm as head of fixed income for emerging markets and Asia Pacific. She will report to Charlotte Baenninger, global head of fixed income, and become a member of the fixed income investment forum. 

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Khan has more than 23 years of experience in EM sovereigns and corporates, hard and local currency. Most recently, she was head of emerging markets fixed income at AllianceBernstein.  

 “Shamaila is a seasoned investor with a proven track record, and a history of success in designing and launching innovative products to meet clients’ needs, including sustainability-focused EM strategies. She is also a complementary fit to our EM & Asia Portfolio Management, Sovereign and Credit analyst teams with our well-established approach of bottom-up expertise on the ground with our top-down asset allocation views,” said Baenninger in a statement.  


FuturePlan by Ascensus Appoints Jeff Cricenti as Sales Divisional Vice President 

FuturePlan by Ascensus, a retirement TPA, announced that Jeff Cricenti has assumed divisional vice president responsibilities for the organization’s North/West region.  

Cricenti will deliver consultative support to retirement plan clients while expanding relationships with recordkeeping and financial adviser partners. Prior to joining FuturePlan, Cricenti was a regional retirement plan director at Lincoln Financial Group. 

“Jeff’s integrity, breadth of industry knowledge, and collaborative approach to problem solving help him create and maintain strong relationships that are built on trust—and ensures our clients in the North/West region remain in good hands,” said Aaron McIsaac, FuturePlan’s head of sales, in a statement.  


KKR Names Paula Roberts Chief Investment Strategist for Private Wealth 

KKR & Co. Inc. announced the appointment of Paula Roberts as chief investment strategist for private wealth.  

In this newly created role, Roberts will work with KKR’s global macro, balance sheet and risk team to deliver investment insights to KKR’s private wealth partners. 

She was most recently managing director and global head of consumer and real estate macro and thematic investing at KKR. 

“I am thrilled to work with Todd, Henry and the private wealth team to deepen our relationships with private wealth firms and financial advisers by providing differentiated and trusted insights that help them navigate and thoughtfully incorporate alternative investments into their portfolios,” said Roberts in a statement.  


Fiduciary Trust International Expands Presence in Atlanta With Allison Carter and Timothy Barton  

Fiduciary Trust International, a global wealth manager and subsidiary of Franklin Templeton, announced two new hires. Allison Carter was appointed senior trust counsel/trust counsel and Timothy Barton as senior portfolio manager. 

They are based in Atlanta, Georgia, a region where Fiduciary Trust International is expanding its presence. 

“Allie and Tim are highly respected wealth management professionals with deep experience and strong ties to the Atlanta community. My teammates and I are excited to welcome them to Fiduciary,” said David Edmiston, Fiduciary Trust International’s regional managing director for Greater Atlanta, in a statement. 

Carter was most recently a senior trust adviser and senior vice president at Northern Trust in Atlanta, where she served clients for 10 years. 

For the last 10 years, Barton also worked at Northern Trust in Atlanta. He served as a senior portfolio manager and senior vice president, developing investment strategies for families and individuals.  


Stephanie Robinson Promoted to Chief Diversity Officer at Lockton 

Lockton Companies announced the promotion of Stephanie Robinson to chief diversity officer. 

In her new role, Stephanie will be responsible for the execution of Lockton’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, while also leading the Midwest Series as COO.  

Stephanie joined Lockton in February 2022 as director of DEI, after leading DEI at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City.  

“I am excited to serve as Lockton’s new Chief Diversity Officer,” said Robinson in a statement. “I will continue in my efforts to advance DEI and make Lockton a place where all people feel welcome, valued and excited to build a career here.” 


Franklin Templeton Appoints James Andrus as Vice President of Sustainability Global Markets 

Franklin Templeton announced the appointment of James Andrus as vice president of sustainability global markets, a newly created leadership role within the firm’s global sustainability strategy team.  

Based in California, Andrus will oversee execution of Franklin Templeton’s sustainability and stewardship initiatives. Andrus joins Franklin Templeton from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System where he served as the interim managing investment director for sustainable investing. 

“I look forward to adding value by advancing the sustainable investment priorities and contributing directly to global regulation and policy initiatives while emphasizing enhanced financial information,” said Andrus in a statement. 


Stephen Vicinelli and Catherine Rappaport Join Leadership of Social Finance  

Advisory nonprofit Social Finance has appointed Stephen Vicinelli as vice president of impact investments and Catherine Rappaport as vice president of impact advisory.  

Vicinelli and Dun Rappaport will lead the development of a fund focused entirely on impact-first investments. The fund aims to deliver measurable positive social and environmental outcomes.  

“Building on our 12-year track record in developing impact-first strategies, we are excited to respond to the market’s demand for a one-stop solution for the impact-first end of the impact investing spectrum. We’re fortunate to recruit Stephen and Catherine to drive these exciting efforts,” said Tracy Palandjian, Social Finance’s CEO, in a statement.  


Morningstar Announces Nathan Voris as Head of Channel Strategy, Workplace and Retirement Services 

Nathan Voris joined Morningstar’s workplace and retirement services team as head of channel strategy.  

Voris will drive go-to market strategy and execution, including strategy of new products and services for various channels. Nathan will be working closely with business development, relationship management, and product. 

He has expertise in product strategy and experience working with recordkeepers, RIAs, asset managers, and broker dealers. These channels have provided significant growth to the Workplace and Retirement team. 

He will report to James Smith, head of workplace global business strategy for Morningstar’s workplace and retirement services team.  


Capital Group Promoted Heidi Horwitz-Marcus to National Sales Director 

Heidi Horwitz-Marcus was promoted to national sales director, cross channel east, at Capital Group. In the new role, she reports to Matt Eisenhardt, wealth management director of field and site sales. 

Horwitz will be responsible for the leadership of the external wealth management consultants focused across the independent broker dealer channel.  

According to LinkedIn Horwitz-Marcus has over 17 years of experience at Capital Group, where she most recently served as financial conglomerate national sales director before beginning her new role.