New Board member for EDHEC-Risk Institute

EDHEC-Risk Institute has appointed Tomas Franzén, chief investment strategist with Andra AP-fonden (AP2), the second Swedish national pension fund, as chairman of its international advisory board.

Franzén succeeds as chairman Theo Jeurissen, former director of Investments at PMT, the Dutch industry-wide pension fund, and former chairman of the Investors’ Committee of the Dutch Association of Pension Funds, who has recently retired.

AP2 is one of six buffer-funds within the Swedish national pay-as-you-go pension system. Franzén is responsible for issues related to investment policy and strategic asset allocation and is a member of the Executive Committee at AP2.

Before joining AP2 at the start-up in 2001, Franzén was chief strategist at Swedbank Markets, advising the banks’ Swedish and global clients on equity investments. Prior to that, he was chief strategist at Den Norske Bank from 1996-1998.

From 1986-1996, he served as a senior economist at Svenska Handelsbanken in Stockholm. In the early 80’s, he was an economist at the Swedish Employers’ Confederation.

Franzén is also an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Journal of Pension Management at ICPM in Toronto. He also serves as a board member of KF Invest, Stockholm and is a member of the Investment Committee at The Foundation of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.

The role of EDHEC-Risk Institute’s international advisory board is to consult on the relevance and goals of the research programme proposals presented by the centre’s management and to evaluate research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry practices. The 42 members of the board also advise on the objectives and contents of projects deriving from the expertise of the research centre.

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