Russell Investments makes senior Netherlands appointments

Global investment solutions provider Russell Investments added two experienced investment industry professionals to support its continued growth in the Dutch market.

Jaap Hoek is joining as Director of Investment Strategy & Solutions for Northern Europe, and Marleen Barents-Jager as Sales Director Retail, Benelux and Nordics.

Hoek brings almost 25 years of investment experience, having held roles in research, investment strategy, sales and portfolio management over the course of his career. He joins Russell Investments from Robeco, where he was most recently a Director and Portfolio Strategist in the company’s Investment Solutions team. In this role, he guided the application of investment strategy for fiduciary management and defined contribution clients. Hoek was also responsible for several publications, amongst others the “5-year Expected Returns 2020-2024: Escaping the Hall of Mirrors” that won Savvy Investor’s Best Asset Allocation Paper Award last year.

In his new role, Hoek will be responsible for working with Russell Investments’ fiduciary management clients to design and implement investment solutions to meet their needs, with a particular focus on clients in Northern Europe.

Marleen Barents-Jager joins Russell Investments as Sales Director Retail. She will lead efforts to expand the firm’s business in the wealth management and wholesale markets in the Benelux and the Nordics.

She recently worked for Principal Global Investors, where she was responsible for business development activities, promoting and distributing the company’s range of mutual funds. With more than 20 years of investment industry experience, she has held roles in business development, private banking and account management. Notably, she previously held business development

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