The Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri, Jefferson City, named four new members of its investment staff, confirmed Craig Husting, CIO of the $28 billion plan. Frank Aten was named director of debt and absolute return; Anne McDermott was named director of public equity; Travis Allen was named investment officer in private equity; and Chhayhea Sam was named investment officer in real estate. Mr. Aten was managing partner and CIO at Rockwood Capital Advisors. Tony Brown, a spokesman for Rockwood, declined to comment. Ms. McDermott was an equities investment officer for the New York City Comptroller's Office. Laura Rivera, spokeswoman for the comptroller's office, was not available for comment at press time. Mr. Allen was a research analyst for Summit Strategies Group. Tim Hayden, director of human resources for Summit, was not available for comment at press time. Ms. Sam, who will join the plan Sept. 20, is an asset manager for Affordable Equity Partners. Lisa Pilkington, recruitment and retention specialist for Affordable Equity said the firm is not looking to fill Ms. Sam's position.
Ward Russell was named president of supplemental retirement plan provider The Todd Organization, confirmed spokesman Paul Steidler. Mr. Russell replaces R. David Sprinkle, who remains CEO of the firm. Mr. Russell was senior vice president and chief distribution officer; he will retain those duties while a replacement is sought, Mr. Steidler said. There is no specific timeline for that selection.