Hymans Robertson appoints Alistair Russell-Smith as head of corporate defined benefit practice

Hymans Robertson appoints Alistair Russell-Smith as head of corporate defined benefit practice

Pensions and risk consultancy Hymans Robertson has named Alistair Russell-Smith as head of its corporate defined benefit practice.

Russell-Smith, who joined Hymans Robertson in 2000, has been a partner for the last four years and primarily advises the consultancy’s corporate and charity clients on their funding and investment strategies, benefits strategy and member options, and de-risking.

He takes over the role from Jon Hatchett, also a partner, who will be moving to another internal role within Hymans Robertson.

Commenting on his appointment as head of the corporate defined benefit practice at Hymans Robertson, Russell-Smith said: “This is a pivotal time for defined benefit pensions and we are committed to investing in our defined benefit practice until the last member’s pension has been paid.”

“Defined benefit schemes and funding deficits have, rightfully, been the subject of many headlines in recent months with the high profile struggles of Carillion and British Steel.”

“However, by focusing on the cashflows, rather than deficits, and then selecting the most appropriate funding and investment strategy for the overall lifetime of a scheme, we can effectively work towards outcomes that are beneficial for both scheme sponsors and trustees.”

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