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MetLife appoints director of institutional client group; eMoney announces leadership team additions; TIAA names head of research and thought leadership arm; and more.

By DJ Shaw

MetLife Appoints Director of Institutional Client Group

MetLife Investment Management, the institutional asset management business of MetLife Inc., has announced that it has named René Zeidan a director in its institutional client group, where he will be responsible for institutional client strategy and the delivery of investment solutions to clients in Europe. Based in Frankfurt, René will primarily focus on the German and Austrian markets.

Prior to joining MIM, Zeidan was a director at Allianz Global Investors, where he was responsible for business development and client service efforts for European insurance companies. He also was a vice president and product specialist at MainFirst Asset Management.

eMoney Announces Leadership Team Additions

eMoney Advisor, a technology solutions and services firm, has announced the appointment of Rachel Eccles, senior vice president of marketing, and Morgan Jones, senior vice president of sales, to the firm’s leadership team. Reporting to CEO Susan McKenna, Eccles and Jones join a team of seven other senior leaders responsible for driving eMoney’s business strategy and delivering innovative solutions.

Eccles joined eMoney in 2017 with experience in business-to-business marketing. The roles she has held have included work on demand generation, events, marketing operations, retention marketing, corporate communications, content creation, creative development, product marketing and market research.

Jones joined eMoney in 2018 with more than 20 years of experience in sales, sales management and sales training within the technology software industry. He first led the firm’s sales development function and has since held positions as vice president and senior vice president of sales, leading eMoney’s revenue-generating activities.

Formerly head of marketing and sales, McKenna was appointed CEO in August.

TIAA Names Head of Research and Thought Leadership Arm

TIAA has announced that Surya Kolluri will join the firm as the new head of the TIAA Institute on September 19. Kolluri will be reporting to Micky Onvural, TIAA chief marketing and communications officer, and will be based in Boston.

As leader of the TIAA Institute, Kolluri will work to amplify its insights to better reach its clients, consultants, regulators and lawmakers and will also offer consulting services for institutions. Dave Richardson, head of institute research, will report to Kolluri, as will Anne Ollen, head of institute programs and operations.

Kolluri joins from Bank of America, where he was most recently managing director, retirement research and insights, leading research and external partnership as part of the bank’s retirement and wealth solutions business. He oversaw research and programs in the areas of longevity and retirement and financial wellness, managing external relationships with the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford Center on Longevity and MIT AgeLab, among many others.

Kolluri joined Bank of America to lead the corporate strategy team for the global wealth and investment management business. Prior to that he spent 14 years in corporate strategy consulting serving Fortune 500 companies globally, first at A.T. Kearney and finally at Bain & Co.

He is also active on the board of the Wharton Pension Research Council and is an adviser to the Wharton Social Impact Investing Initiative. Kolluri holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from PSG College of Technology, India, a master’s in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Robeco Appoints Global Head of Sales and Marketing

Robeco has announced that Alexander Preininger has been appointed as global head of sales and marketing and executive committee member, effective November 1. 

Preininger joins from Amundi, where he was global head of institutional client coverage. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at Robeco and DWS International GmbH, formerly Deutsche Asset Management.  

Before moving to the client side, Preininger headed overlay management globally for institutional clients in portfolio management. He began his career at Deutsche Bank in Munich, moving to asset management and multi-asset portfolio management while still a student at the University of Innsbruck. There, he received his master’s in international economics and business administration. Preininger is also a Certified EFFAS Financial Analyst.

Franklin Templeton Transitions 403(b) Business to PCS Retirement’s Aspire Platform

Franklin Templeton has announced that it is transitioning its 403(b) business to PCS Retirement’s Aspire 403(b) platform. This partnership brings together investment options made available through Franklin Templeton’s global asset management expertise and the services offered by Aspire, a division of PCS Retirement, an independent recordkeeper serving K-12 retirement plans.

403(b) plans are the retirement savings vehicles of choice for employees of public schools and certain tax-exempt organizations. To date, most 403(b) plans have included an annuity structure, whereas the Aspire platform leverages mutual funds. Access to mutual funds allows participants to benefit from institutional-level pricing and creates a solution that is mindful of overall costs and focuses on transparency. With Aspire, existing and new Franklin Templeton participants can now gain access to  features such as Roth 403(b) plans, enhanced financial literacy tools and access to a lineup of independent specialist investment managers, including ClearBridge Investments and Western Asset.