​Lærernes Pension poaches Industriens’ CIO Kjeldsen for CEO role

first_imgKarsten Kjeldsen, Laerernes PensionLaila Mortensen, CEO of Industriens Pension, said: “We are sorry to say goodbye, but also proud that we have delivered a good director to Lærernes Pension.”Industriens Pension said Lindegaard had worked for the fund for just over three years. Before he joined the scheme, he held investment leadership roles at both Nordea and Danica Pension.As its new CIO, the fund said Lindegaard would be in charge of its DKK183bn portfolio, consisting of DKK128bn in listed investments and DKK55bn in unlisted investments.Lærernes Pension said Kjeldsen will start hie new position on 2 January 2020. The DKK101bn (€13.5bn) Danish Teachers’ Pension Fund, Lærernes Pension, has lured Karsten Kjeldsen, the CIO of its larger rival Industriens Pension, to become its new chief executive officer following the retirement last month of its executive leader of 24 years.Immediately after the announcement, labour-market pension fund Industriens Pension, which now has a portfolio of DKK183bn, said it was promoting its head of listed investments, Peter Lindegaard, to replace Kjeldsen in the CIO role.The incoming CEO of the teachers’ pension fund said: “I am very much looking forward to being at the head of Lærernes Pension. It is a pension company with a really good image, high credibility and one which has great performance.”Kjeldsen has worked at Industriens Pension for mote than three years and has also previously worked for the life and pensions arm of Nordea as well as for SEB Pension. Paul Brüniche-Olsen, Lærernes Pension’s long-standing CEO, first announced his retirement in April, setting his leaving date as 1 October, after heading up the fund for most of its 26-year history, since 1995.last_img read more


WBB : Hillsman installs new pressure defenses to speed up tempo

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]center_img Quentin Hillsman stepped back and took a hard look at his Syracuse program over the last few seasons. The head coach saw the Orange finish three straight seasons in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and fall short of its ultimate goal of the NCAA tournament.Hillsman felt the program needed a change, and he decided to completely overhaul his defensive system. After primarily employing a 2-3 zone during Hillsman’s tenure, SU will switch to a variety of pressure defenses this season.‘One thing that you guys are going to see more is us playing a lot further up the floor on defense,’ Hillsman said during Syracuse’s annual media day Oct. 14. ‘We have already installed two or three pressure defenses. We really want to get out and extend the floor, play faster and use our athletes.’Entering his sixth season at the helm, Hillsman has an experienced and athletic group ready to build on back-to-back 25-win seasons and return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The head coach believes the change was needed for the program to take the next step. It could be the difference in SU’s key games in the Big East and against tougher nonconference competition that will decide its postseason fate.The 2-3 zone was effective last season. The Orange held opponents to 35.3 percent shooting last season — good for 17th in the nation — and led the nation in rebounding margin.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it also slowed down the game, and Hillsman said it was tough for SU to score 70 points in games. In all 10 losses last season, the Orange failed to eclipse that mark.Hillsman hopes the newly installed pressure system, which includes matchup presses and a variety of zone schemes, will lead to easy baskets in the open floor. Though the team is still learning, the same length and athleticism that made the zone tough on opponents should translate to the different presses.La’Shay Taft said the preseason training regimen is different from last season in preparation for the change. The sophomore guard said the team is running more — from mile runs to sprints — and practices have been more up-tempo to mirror the pace the Orange wants to play at.Thus far, Taft is confident the team will be ready to run the new system effectively.‘Everybody has been adjusting to it,’ Taft said. ‘I mean it takes time for certain people, but everybody’s getting there. Everybody’s been working hard, so we’re getting there.’Though Hillsman knows breakdowns will lead to easy layups for opponents as his team learns the presses, the head coach feels it will also create scoring opportunities for the Orange.With an inexperienced backcourt, Hillsman knows the team will struggle at times in its half-court offense. And to win enough games to get back to the NCAA tournament, Syracuse has to find a way to consistently score 70 or more points.He expects the press to offset some concerns on offense by increasing the tempo and leading to easy baskets for his team in transition.‘I think that now we need to push it up, and the less possessions we have to get in the half court and play half-court basketball, the better that we’re gonna be,’ Hillsman said.With SU’s athletic ability and veteran presence, this year is the perfect time for Hillsman to add the press, said Debbie Antonelli, a national women’s college basketball analyst for ESPN, CBS and Fox Sports Net.‘If he’s gonna start pressing and trapping and taking more of what I call high-risk, high-reward approach to his defense,’ Antonelli said, ‘then I think he’s gonna build a lot of confidence with that, and he’s gonna make his team even tougher to defeat.’For Antonelli, the ability to give teams multiple looks is crucial if SU wants to return to the NCAA tournament. Against the 2-3 zone, Antonelli said teams could dictate the pace and walk the ball up the court, which forced Syracuse to have a good night on offense if it wanted to win.Now, the Orange can adapt its game plan to its opponent, and Antonelli believes it will show by the end of the season.‘He’s really going to enjoy coaching this team and this particular group of kids in that style because they will produce results,’ Antonelli said. ‘They’re that talented and that athletic and long, and if they commit to that, that would get me excited about seeing Syracuse basketball.’[email protected]last_img read more


Walker Buehler’s ‘special’ talent has blossomed as a rookie in Dodgers rotation

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “We have a front-line rotation piece now. We had hoped for that in the spring,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “When it was going to happen, we didn’t know. But obviously you see the makeup and you see the stuff and you hope at the end of this year he was going to be that guy.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“He is pitching like we expected him to,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. “But I’m not sure that expectation was in 2018.”It was certainly Buehler’s expectation. Though he tempers his answer when asked about those expectations, the 24-year-old right-hander’s self-confidence is as big as his talent – and evident to his teammates, one of whom (fellow rookie Caleb Ferguson) smiles from two lockers away when Buehler is asked about it.“I’m very confident about me and what I do,” Buehler acknowledged as Ferguson smirked into his locker.That confidence was in no way dented by Buehler’s poor performance (in a relief role) as a September call-up a year ago. He had a 7.71 ERA in 9-1/3 innings as a reliever and walked away with the unspoken conviction that even major-league hitters had no right treating him like that. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img LOS ANGELES — In Walker Buehler, the Dodgers knew they had something … what’s a good word for it?“He’s special,” Rangers left-hander and fellow Vanderbilt product Mike Minor said after Buehler’s recent start in Texas, the only time in the last month the rookie right-hander gave up more than one run in an outing. “He’s got special stuff.”“One of the most special talents I’ve seen,” said Dodgers director of player development Brandon Gomes, a big-leaguer for five seasons before joining the Dodgers’ organization two years ago. “I don’t have the longest history in player development. But I can’t think of anyone I played with who had any more talent.”None of this surprises the Dodgers. How quickly Buehler has harnessed that talent has. “I think you have to, at least early, believe you’re good enough to be here. Then you have to be taught what you can and can’t do,” Buehler said.“There are certain things and certain situations that you’re never going to be able to explain it, but you can see it. ‘This guy is doing this. He feels comfortable hitting this pitch of mine. How can I navigate this at-bat without giving him that pitch?’”With 22 games left in the season and a playoff spot yet to be secured, Buehler sits right behind Kershaw in the Dodgers’ rotation – a spot he could also occupy in a postseason rotation despite his rookie status.“Assuming we get to October, I think he’ll be a big part of our success,” Friedman said.“He’s ready to pitch in a playoff game. Absolutely,” Roberts said, adding he has “100 percent” confidence in handing the ball to Buehler.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 6-5, 2.40 ERA) at Rockies (RHP Jon Gray, 11-7, 4.70 ERA), Friday, 5:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) “When I got called up, we talked about it – there’s no bad outcome in this,” Buehler said in retrospect. “No matter how I throw, we’re up 15 games in the division. We were going to clinch. We were going to go to the playoffs. They were going to do what they did last year. So it’s almost like I was just here to learn, for me. If something great would have come out of it and I would have thrown my way on to the playoff roster, that would have been great. But I wasn’t ready for that and I wasn’t good enough. So there’s a point where you say, ‘At least I know what it is. I’ve been there. Now I’ve got to learn to be better.’“When you show up at spring training and your last game was in the big leagues, you prepare to be in the big leagues. It’s a different kind of focus.”Friedman acknowledges that the roots of Buehler’s 2018 success are in the disappointment of last September.“Worst-case is he will gain meaningful experience that will help him in 2018,” Friedman said. “We just didn’t appreciate how much it would.”It has not been a smooth ride. Buehler started the season in Triple-A then pitched six innings in a combined no-hitter in just his third big-league start. He has pitched with the awareness that the Dodgers could cite innings limits and pitch-count restrictions and take the ball from him at any time. He pitched with a microfracture in a rib then went more than a month between starts while recovering.And yet, he has emerged as the Dodgers’ second-best starter behind left-hander Clayton Kershaw, adapting to the major leagues and expanding his repertoire on the fly. Over his past seven starts, Buehler has allowed seven runs in 42-2/3 innings (a 1.48 ERA), striking out 51 and holding opposing hitters to a .168 average and .497 OPS.“There’s just clarity and conviction,” Roberts said. “When he gets the ball now, there is 100 percent conviction that is the right pitch and that pitch is able to get major-league hitters out.“Also, his fastball command has been so consistent. For him and most pitchers, everything stems off of that. Last year, the delivery, the fastball would leak back and there would be mistakes. Now when he gets behind, he can still execute a fastball to get himself back into a count. … It’s a special fastball with special command.”There’s that word again.Friedman says Buehler is “right up there” with any young pitcher he has seen for how quickly he has ascended the major-league learning curve.“It’s pitch execution but also awareness of what he’s trying to do against certain hitters, (being) just a little bit more adaptable in that approach,” Friedman said. “As you’re coming through the minor leagues you don’t really have to be. It’s part of the learning experience for every young pitcher. He’s really bright, which helps. He’s just kind of gotten to it and taken to it as fast as you could possibly hope for.”Part of Buehler’s willingness to adapt has involved making his cut fastball a larger part of his pitch mix and also changing the grip on his curveball, minimizing the use of a “spike” knuckle curve grip in favor of a more conventional curveball grip that produces a higher spin rate.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more