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.