Michael A. Jones and Daniel S. Vandivort were named co-presidents of Robeco Investment Management, both new positions, said Beth McGoldrick, spokeswoman. Both will retain their titles as senior managing directors of the firm; Mr. Jones will remain head of sales, marketing, client service and product development, while Mr. Vandivort will continue to oversee fixed income and assume responsibility for the Weiss, Peck & Greer equity and single-strategy alternative products. Separately, Roland Toppen was named CFO, taking over from William J. Kelly, who became CEO last year. Mr. Toppen had been head of corporate marketing at parent company Robeco Group in Rotterdam. Information about his replacement there wasn't immediately available. The hirings complete the senior appointments that have followed the combination of Robeco's Boston Partners, Sage Capital and Weiss, Peck & Greer money management units over the past three years, Mr. Kelly said in a news release.
Vineet Kapur will join Blackstone Alternative Asset Management as managing director, a new position. He will work closely with Blackstone CIO Bruce Amlicke, chief investment strategist Hal Lindquist and President and CEO J. Tomilson Hill. Mr. Kapur is a vice president in Morgan Stanley's prime brokerage unit, where he advised the company's larger hedge fund clients. Melissa Stonberg, a Morgan Stanley spokeswoman, confirmed Mr. Kapur will be leaving at the end of this week and said the firm has not announced his replacement.
Dean Connor was named president of U.S. operations at Mercer Human Resource Consulting, said Stephanie L. Poe, spokeswoman. He replaces Karen Greenbaum, who was named leader of global client development, a new position, said Ms. Poe. Mr. Connor was head of Mercer's operations in Canada; Jacques Theoret, president and COO of Mercer's Canadian operation, is replacing him, said Ms. Poe.
Craig Lewis was named CIO of Franklin Street Partners. He will coordinate the firm's investment policy and equity strategies. Patricia Morton, spokeswoman for the firm, did not return a call seeking further details. Mr. Lewis was senior portfolio manager at Essex Investment Management, overseeing more than $2 billion in small-cap and midcap growth stocks. Mr. Lewis' duties have been assumed by other staff members while officials at Essex decide on his replacement, said Colleen Cronin, assistant to Essex co-CEOs Malcolm MacColl and Christopher P. McConnell.