Pattie Owens Featherston was named COO of the $90 billion Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Austin. It's a new position, said spokeswoman Juliana Fernandez Helton. Ms. Featherston's duties include executive direction and operational oversight of the benefit services and financial divisions, as well as administration and support functions for communications, governmental relations, human resources, information technology and special projects. Ms. Featherston had been director of governmental relations since she joined the system in January 1997.
Amy Muska O'Brien was named director of social investing at TIAA-CREF, a new position. She will oversee social screening of the CREF Social Choice Account, act as liaison to participants and stakeholders in connection with the company's social- and community-focused investments and assist the company on socially responsible and community investing issues. Ms. O'Brien was director of corporate social responsibility of the $2.7 billion Pension Board of the United Church of Christ, New York, and assisted in similar shareholder activism for the church's $600 million foundation. The United Church of Christ fund will use an executive recruiting firm to search for a replacement, said Don Barnes, vice president, who will temporarily take over Ms. O'Brien's duties. Officials could chose between two recruiting firms by the end of the month, he added.
Emma Hunt will join Mercer Investment Consulting as a senior consultant assigned to socially responsible investments, a new position. She will start June 13. Ms. Hunt was head of the Centre for Sustainable Investment at Forum for the Future, a London-based research organization.
Gay Huey Evans will become president of Tribeca Global Management (Europe) on Sept. 1. The position is new. She will oversee the London-based hedge fund platform for Tribeca, Tanya Styblo Beder, CEO of Tribeca Global Management, said in a statement. Tribeca is the institutional hedge fund management unit Ms. Beder is building for Citigroup Asset Management, which will eventually manage as many as 50 hedge fund strategies, according to a company statement. Ms. Evans is director of markets and capital markets at the U.K. Financial Services Authority. Information could not be obtained about Ms. Evans' replacement at the FSA.
Thomas Taylor joined private equity firm JLL Partners as a senior vice president. It is a new position, said Robin Gilliland, spokesman. Mr. Taylor was a business strategy consultant on a project basis for The Hartford's property and casualty business, said Cynthia Michener, Hartford spokeswoman.
Tim Sutton and was appointed business development manager for the U.K. and Ireland at Citigroup Asset Management, and Sue-Wei Wong was appointed marketing manager for the U.K. and Ireland. Both are new positions. Mr. Sutton was director of institutional business at F&C Asset Management; he left the firm in early May. His role was restructured and absorbed into the department, according to F&C spokeswoman Deborah James. Ms. Wong was marketing manager at Northern Trust Global Investments. She will be replaced, said NTGI spokeswoman Sara Murshead.