EDHEC-Risk Institute has announced the appointment of Tomas Franzén, Chief Investment Strategist with Andra AP-fonden (AP2), the second Swedish national pension fund, as chairman of its international advisory board.
He succeeds Theo Jeurissen, former Director of Investments at PMT, the Dutch industry-wide pension fund, and former Chairman of the Investors’ Committee of the Dutch Association of Pension Funds, who has recently retired.
“AP2 is one of four buffer-funds within the Swedish national pay-as-you-go pension system,” the bulletin explained. “As Chief Investment Strategist, Franzén is responsible for issues related to Investment Policy and Strategic Asset Allocation and is a member of the Executive Committee at AP2.
Franzén joined AP2 at the start-up in 2001. From 1998-2001, he held a position as Chief Strategist at Swedbank Markets, advising the banks’ Swedish and global clients on equity investments. Prior to that, he was Chief Strategist at Den Norske Bank from 1996-1998. During 1986-1996, he served as a senior economist at Svenska Handelsbanken in Stockholm. In the early 80’s, Franzén held a position as Economist at the Swedish Employers’ Confederation.
He is also an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Journal of Pension Management at ICPM in Toronto, and serves as a board member of KF Invest, Stockholm and is a member of the Investment Committee at The Foundation of Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg.