This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Venable LLP welcomed Daris Meeks; John Mendez was nominated to head SIPC; Craig Anzlovar joined Pioneer Investments; James Mallon’s planned retirement from AIG was announced; Josh Crossman and Ginny Neal went to Barclays; and Christophe Nijdam was appointed the new secretary general of Finance Watch.
Also, SignatureFD welcomed Elizabeth Snyder; FINRA named two public governors; the CFP Board elected five members; Colleen Zeigler joined MFA Capital Advisors; and Pensionmark Retirement Group added a second office in Houston.
Mendez Nominated to Head SIPC
John Mendez has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the newest chairman of the board of the Securities Investor Protection Corp. (SIPC). Once confirmed, the new SIPC chairman will succeed Acting Chairwoman Sharon Bowen, who stepped down in June.
Mendez is a partner practicing in the New York and Los Angeles offices of Latham & Watkins. He has also worked at such firms as Skadden Arps and White & Case.
Venable Adds Meeks
Venable LLP has announced that Daris Meeks joined the firm’s legislative and financial Services practices as a partner in the Washington, D.C., office.
Meeks, previously at Squire Patton Boggs, was formerly senior advisor to Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, House Financial Services Committee chairman. He was also appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as counsel to the chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board. He began his government service as committee counsel to the Senate Banking Committee.
Anzlovar Joins Pioneer Investments
Pioneer Investments announced that Craig Anzlovar has joined as fixed income client portfolio manager. He will be based in Boston.
Previously, Anzlovar was at Fidelity Investments, where he was most recently a fixed income institutional portfolio manager and a member of the firm’s liability-driven investing (LDI) strategy team. Prior to that he was an investment director at Fidelity.
Mallon to Retire from AIG
American International Group Inc. (AIG) announced that James Mallon, president, life insurance, AIG global consumer insurance, will retire from the firm in March.
AIG also announced that 28-year industry veteran Charlie Shamieh, currently corporate chief actuary, has been named CEO, life, health, and disability insurance, also effective in March. Other appointments that take place immediately include Rod Rishel as head of U.S. life insurance and Tim Heslin as head of global risk selection. Crossman, Neal Join Barclays
Barclays has announced that Josh Crossman and Ginny Neal have joined as directors and investment representatives for wealth and investment management. They will report to John Cregan, regional manager for Palm Beach, and be based in the Palm Beach office.
Crossman joins with 19 years of experience. Most recently he was a vice president at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Before joining JPMorgan in 2010, he was the chief investment officer at Frontline Management AS. He began his career at Bear, Stearns & Co. in 1995.
Neal, with 15 years of financial and legal experience, joins from JP Morgan Chase & Co., where she was a senior private banker. Before joining JP Morgan in 2010, she was general counsel for GenSpring Family Offices LLC. She began her career at Greenberg Traurig P.A. in 1999.
Nijdam Named New Secretary General of Finance Watch
The board of independent financial regulation watchdog Finance Watch has announced that Christophe Nijdam has been appointed secretary general, effective Jan. 1. He will replace Benoît Lallemand, co-head of policy analysis, who has been acting secretary general since the departure in May 2014 of Thierry Philipponnat, Finance Watch’s first secretary general.
A French national and former investment and commercial banker, Nijdam spent more than a dozen years as a senior executive at a number of large French banks in France and in the U.S. In the early 1990s, he crossed to the investor side as a financial analyst, most recently working as a banking sector analyst for independent pan-European equity research firm AlphaValue, based in Paris.
FSI Elects New Board Chairman, Directors
The Financial Services Institute elected a new Board chairman, three new directors for its Board for 2015. The Board also elevated two of its directors to new leadership positions. The FSI Board stands at 16 directors.
Adam Antoniades, president of Cetera Financial Group, will serve a one-year term as FSI’s new Board chairman, while Amy Webber, president of Cambridge Investment Research, will serve as vice chairwoman of the Board in 2015, and chair of the Board in 2016.