Gene Wickes was named global director of benefits consulting at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and Sylvester Schieber was named U.S. director of benefits consulting. Mr. Wickes will have overall responsibility for managing the firm's worldwide benefits consulting business. He replaces Eric Lofgren, who retired last year. Mr. Schieber will lead the firm's retirement and health care consulting practices in the United States; his position is new. Mr. Wickes, who is based in Denver, was the global and U.S. director of retirement consulting at Watson Wyatt, and Mr. Schieber, based in Washington, was the head of research. No replacements have been named yet for either, said Ed Emerman, a spokesman.
Greg Hazlett, managing director of external managers for the $12.8 billion investment portfolio of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Md., has left the institute. His future plans are unknown, according to spokeswoman Avice Meehan. His responsibilities have been assumed by remaining members of the senior investment team.
Pat Lardner was appointed Australasia regional director at Bank of Ireland Asset Management, according to spokeswoman Bernadette Godley. Mr. Lardner replaces Brendan Donahoe, who was appointed director and president-international of BIAM in November. Mr. Lardner was the head of BIAM's Irish institutional business and will be replaced by Peter Wood, who is currently the head of portfolio construction and global support. He will be replaced by Charles Lamb, who was the head of risk management; the firm is seeking a replacement.