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People Moves: DWS, NN IP, Kames Capital

Appointments in multi-asset and equities teams


Elena Johansson

Bjoern Jesch joins DWS

DWS Group (DWS) has appointed Bjoern Jesch as global head of multi asset and solutions, starting from 1 July.

He will succeed Christian Hille, who has decided to leave DWS for personal reasons after a tenure of 13 years.

Jesch will report to Stefan Kreuzkamp, the chief investment officer and co-head investment group at DWS, and be a member of the firm’s CIO management committee.

Before joining the German asset manager, Jesch worked for Credit Suisse where he was global head of investment management within the firm’s international wealth management division.

Previously, Jesch also held senior positions at Union Investment, where he served as chief investment officer and head of portfolio management, following spells at Deutsche Bank and Citibank.

DWS said that, with net inflows of €7.2bn, multi asset was a significant driver for the firm’s flow turnaround in 2019 and is one of its growth areas.

The company has €767bn of assets under management (as of 31 December 2019).

Bjoern Jesch, global head of multi asset and solutions at DWS

NN IP appoints Marco Willner

Marco Willner has been appointed as head of investment strategy at the multi-asset team at Dutch asset manager NN Investment Partners (NN IP) in The Hague.

Willner replaces Bronka Rzepkowski, who left the firm on 30 September 2019 to pursue other career opportunities.

He started his role on 1 April and reports to Ewout van Schaick, the head of multi-asset and a member of management team investments.

Prior to NN IP, Willner led the strategy team of German asset manager Feri.

He also acted as a strategic adviser for the Shell pension fund. Most recently, he co-founded a Frankfurt-based asset manager that is dedicated to quantitative alternative strategies, NN IP said.

NN IP manages a total of €276bn in assets, whereas the multi-asset team covers over €30bn of this.

Marco Willner, head of investment strategy at NN IP

Kames adds Andrei Kiselev to equities team

Andrei Kiselev has been named as investment manager, with a focus on US stocks, in Kames Capital’s equities team.

He will report to Stephen Adams, who is the head of equities at the UK-based asset manager.

Previously, Kiselev was a senior research manager focused on global equities at Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, a UK-based alternative investment fund manager.

He was also an investment manager at UK-based Baillie Gifford, working across regional and global equity strategies.

Kames Capital manages £37.3bn (€42.4bn) in assets and is a specialist investment management business.

Andrei Kiselev, investment manager at Kames Capital