Shier, Verhaegen leave occupational pensions stakeholder group

first_imgThe European pension supervisor’s occupational pensions stakeholder group (OPSG) has announced more than 20 new members – and the departure of its chair Philip Shier – as it prepares for its next two-and-a-half-year term.Alongside Shier’s departure comes that of Chris Verhaegen, the OPSG’s inaugural chair from 2011; PGGM’s Niels Kortleve; Joachim Schwind of Germany’s Hoechst Pensionskasse; and Fritz Janda of FVPK, Austria’s pension fund association, among others.All five have served the maximum two terms allowed under the constitution, having joined in 2011.Overall, 21 of the 30 OPSG members are new, leaving behind current deputy chair and PensionsEurope chief executive Matti Leppälä and Janwillem Bouma of Shell’s Dutch pension fund. Łukasz Budzyński of XBUG, representing the interests of multi-national companies with cross-border pension arrangements, and Michaela Koller, who heads up industry association Insurance Europe, also remain.Notable new appointees include Fieke van der Lecq, formerly APG chair of pension markets at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam and also a member of Dutch regulator AFM’s committee on financial reporting and accounting; Philip Neyt, who heads up Belgian pension association PensioPlus; Kevin O’Boyle, head of pensions at UK telecoms giant BT; and Senka Fekeža Klemen of Croatia’s Erste Pension Fund Management.Gabriel Bernardino, EIOPA’s chairman, welcomed the new appointees and thanked the outgoing members for their contribution.“I want to extend my sincere thanks to all former Stakeholder Group members for their continuous commitment and highly valuable input to the work of EIOPA during the past years,” he said.“Our common goal is to ensure a sound regulation, robust supervision and enhanced consumer protection in Europe.”The 21 new members of the OPSG are:Paul Brice, RPMI (UK, IORP representative)Francesco Briganti, European Association of Paritarian Institutions (Italy, IORP representative)Senka Fekeža Klemen, Erste Pension Fund Management (Croatia, IORP representative)Stefan Nellshen, Bayer Pensionskasse (Germany, IORP representative)Philip Neyt, PensioPlus (Belgium, IORP representative)Kevin O’Boyle, BT (UK, IORP representative)Alf Alvinisussen, independent consultant (Norway, SME representative)Bernard Delbecque, European Fund and Asset Management Association (Belgium, professional association representative)Paul Kelly, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK, professional association representative)Sonia Maffei, Assogestioni (Italy, professional association representative)Falko Valkenburg, Actuarial Association of Europe (Netherlands, professional association representative)Tomas Bern, PTK (Sweden, employee representative)Damien Lagaude, UNI Europe (France, employee representative)John O’Quigley, pension trustee (Ireland, employee representative)Alexandru Ciuncan, Romanian Association for Insurance Promotion (Romania, beneficiary representative)Claudia Menne, German Trade Union Confederation (Germany, beneficiary representative)Guiseppe Corvino, Bocconi University Milan (Italy, academic representative)Paul Cox, University of Birmingham (UK, academic representative)Zdeněk Hustak, Prague University (Czech Republic, academic representative)Raimond Maurer, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany, academic representative)Fieke van der Lecq,  Free University Amsterdam (Netherlands, academic representative)EIOPA said it received 176 applications for the vacant positions at the OPSG and its insurance equivalent.The new OPSG will meet for the first time on 28 April.last_img read more


Gayle fires Rangpur Riders with another half-century

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh, (CMC) – West Indies superstar Chris Gayle notched his second half-century in as many days to fire Rangpur Riders to a narrow three-run victory over Kieron Pollard’s Dhaka Dynamites but Dwayne Smith’s fifty proved in vain as Rajshahi Kings lost again in the Bangladesh Premier League here Tuesday.The left-handed Gayle, who only arrived last weekend, pummeled 51 from 28 balls in a Man-of-the-Match performance as Riders, sent in by the league leaders, were dismissed for 142 with a ball to spare at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.Gayle dominated a 36-run opening stand with New Zealander Brendon McCullum (6) and a further 35 for the second wicket with Mohammad Mithun (22), to keep the innings going.The Jamaican had belted five fours and four sixes when he perished trying to find another boundary, holing out to deep mid-wicket off off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain in the eighth over.West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine finished wicket-less from four overs which cost 29 runs and then suffered a one-ball ‘duck’ when he fell to the second ball of the Dynamites reply, edging pacer Mashrafe Mortaza behind with two runs on the board.His opening partner and fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate, Evin Lewis, struck three sixes in 28 off 25 balls, adding 44 for the third wicket with Jahurul Islam (29).Dynamites then lost wickets at key stages but entered the final over requiring 10 runs for victory, with Pollard at the crease.The Windies all-rounder was kept scoreless from the first two deliveries before depositing the third ball from pacer Thisasa Perera over the ropes at long on, leaving Dynamites with just four runs to get from three balls.However, Pollard was kept scoreless off the fourth ball and yorked by the fifth, and last man Abu Hider was bowled by a full toss off the last ball, to give Riders a nervy win.In the preceding game, the former Barbados and West Indies opener Smith top-scored with a superb 62 off 36 balls as Kings rallied to a competitive 166 for eight off 20 overs, after being sent in by Khulna Titans.The right-hander struck seven fours four sixes and helped rescue the innings in a 76-run, fourth wicket stand with Mushfiqur Rahim after Kings found themselves in disarray at 21 for three in the third over.Mushfiqur lashed 55 off 33 deliveries down the order but captain Darren Sammy managed just three.In reply, West Indies players Chadwick Walton (4) and Carlos Brathwaite (12) both failed but captain Mahmudullah hit 56 and Ariful Haque, an unbeaten 43, to see their side home with four balls to spare.Chrislast_img read more