Legal & General – L&G’s Pension Risk Transfer business has appointed Ashu Bhargava as a director in strategic transactions. Bhargava’s last role was as a senior consultant within Willis Towers Watson’s pensions advisory business. He began his career as a trainee actuary at Clay and Partners.bfinance – The investment consultancy has appointed Joey Alcock as senior associate in its public markets team, specialising in equities. He joins from Australian investment consultancy Frontier, where he has worked as a consultant for the last 11 years.Global Impact Investing Network – Peter Malik has been appointed director of membership. He joins from the Nature Conservancy, where he served as managing director for corporate engagements. The GIIN is a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.IFM Investors – Chris Newton has been appointed executive director for responsible investment. He joins from Australian Post, where he was head of social innovation and development. AP4, Mercer, Nestlé, Hermes Investment Management, Legal & General, Willis Towers Watson, bfinance, Global Impact Investing Network, IFM InvestorsAP4 – Niklas Ekvall has been named chief executive, succeeding Mats Andersson, who is stepping down after a decade in the role. Ekvall, who will join the SEK310bn (€33.2bn) Swedish buffer fund at the beginning of October, has held senior positions across the finance industry and academia, having taught finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. The incoming chief executive also spent five years as deputy chief executive and CIO of AP3.Mercer – Bettina Nürk, formerly responsible for Nestlé’s pension funds in Germany, is to lead a new division within the consultancy. Nürk, who was responsible for investment management and employee benefits while at the Swiss food company, began her new role at Mercer at the beginning of the month. She is to lead its newly launched consultancy for Pensionsfonds.Hermes Investment Management – Carl Short has been appointed director of engagement at Hermes EOS. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Short worked for a number of banks and other research providers, including Standard & Poor’s Equity Research, Société Générale, Nomura and Kleinwort Benson.
MASON CITY — Health officials confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo County over the weekend. Both of those cases are adults who are 18-to-40 years old. Another case was reported in Kossuth County, with an adult that was 18-to-40 years old. That brings the total number of positive cases reported in Iowa to 90 as of Sunday. Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health director Brian Hanft says in a written statement that while these are the first cases in Cerro Gordo County, they may not be the last, and that’s why they are encouraging all residents to continue to make prevention a priority. He recommends that people wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time; cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow; and stay home when you are ill. If you think you may need healthcare because you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call the MercyOne Health Line at 641-428-7777. A nurse can assess whether you need to be seen or if you can recover at home. If you think you may need healthcare because you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call the MercyOne Health Line at 641-428-7777. A nurse can assess whether you need to be seen or if you can recover at home. If you have mild symptoms, or may have come in contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19, please read our isolation instructions at https://cghealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Isolation-Instructions.pdf.