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EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre welcomes distinguished new members to its international advisory board

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The EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre is pleased to announce that seven new members have joined its international advisory board.

The EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre is pleased to announce that seven new members have joined its international advisory board.

The board, which brings together distinguished scholars, representatives of regulatory bodies and senior executives from business partners and other leading institutions, held its second annual meeting in Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the French Riviera on 12 May 2006. The new members are as follows:

David Blackwood, Group Treasurer, Imperial Chemical Industries, plc.
Blackwood qualified with Touche Ross before joining ICI’s Colours and Fine Chemicals division in 1985. In 1996 he moved to London as Deputy Group Financial Controller, in 1998 he was appointed Group Financial Controller and then in 2001 he became Group Treasurer. He is also currently project director for the group’s cross divisional finance function excellence project.

Louis Chaillet, Global Risk Manager, ABP Investments.
In 2005, Chaillet was appointed Global Risk Manager within ABP Investments, Europe’s largest pension fund and the second largest pension fund in the world. He is responsible for risk management of the investment portfolio, including the overall risk policy. Mr Chaillet joined ABP Investments in 2003 as senior controller.

Theo Jeurissen, Director, Investments, PMT.
Jeurissen is Director of Investments at PMT, a Dutch industry-wide pension fund, which is the largest pension fund in the market sector. He is responsible for the fund’s investment policies and he oversees the investments handled by PMT’s management company. Theo Jeurissen is also chairman of the investors committee of the Dutch association of pension funds.

Philip Lambert, Group Head of Corporate Pensions, Unilever.
Lambert was appointed Pension Officer and Head of Corporate Pensions Division of Unilever with responsibility for pension schemes and pension fund investments worldwide in 1993. He is a former chairman of the Dutch National Association of Company Pension Funds (OPF) and the European Federation for Retirement Provision (EFRP).

Peter Reitz, Member of the Executive Board, Eurex.
Reitz is one of four executive board members of Eurex and is responsible for Eurex’s Global Business Development. He is also currently a Managing Director with Deutsche Börse AG. Mr. Reitz received a degree in mathematics from the Technical University of Braunschweig in Germany in 1991.

Günther Schiendl, Head of Investments, APK Pensionskasse.
Schiendl is Head of Investments with APK in Austria, where his responsibilities include risk management, strategic and tactical asset allocation and performance measurement and attribution. He was also in charge of implementing an investment monitoring system for which APK won the IPE Awards in 2002 and 2001.

Erik Valtonen, Head of Risk Management, AP3.
Valtonen has been working at AP3 (the Third National Swedish Pension Fund) since the spring of 2000. He is a member of the management committee of the fund and has been head of the Quantitative Analysis and Risk Management group since 2002. Valtonen has a PhD in Mathematics from Stockholm University.

When asked about his reasons for joining the board, Theo Jeurissen commented that: ‘The link between academia and practice is and will be of utmost importance for the quality of investments decisions, which in turn are driving pension results, the basis for the quality of life for many people in their retired life.’

Erik Valtonen concurred, adding that: ‘One of the key elements to successful investment management is the knowledge of relevant academic research. Therefore, when the invitation to join EDHEC-Risk Advisory Board turned up, I saw this as an interesting opportunity to get insight into the ongoing and planned research projects.’

The role of the international advisory board is to validate the relevance and goals of the research programme proposals presented by the centre’s management and evaluate research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry practices. The board also advises on the objectives and contents of projects deriving from the expertise of the research centre, thereby ensuring that graduate and executive programmes remain at the forefront of developments in the marketplace.

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