Steen Gram-Hanssen is resigning immediatelyBoth PKA, which runs four mainly health and social care pension funds, and Lærernes Pension, the pension fund for teachers, have had recent leadership changes.Jon Johnsen took up the reins at PKA following the retirement of veteran CEO Peter Damgaard Jensen in March, and former Industriens Pension CIO Karsten Kjeldsen has succeeded Lærernes Pension CEO Paul Brüniche-Olsen, who retired in October.Commenting on his future career, Gram-Hanssen said in a post on LinkedIn: “I don’t know yet what I will do and what I want to do – but I’m sure I will have at least one more challenge and that it will be to do with people and leadership.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Danish pensions administration firm jointly owned by Lærernes Pension, PKA and PBU said it is now on the hunt for a new chief executive officer, after the sudden exit of Steen Gram-Hanssen by mutual agreement.The three labour market pension funds said they wanted a stronger strategy for the firm, which would create better value for pension scheme members and stakeholders, according to Forca’s chair.Peter Falkenham, chair of Forca’s supervisory board, said: “With the more focused owner-customer strategy, the board of directors and Gram-Hanssen agree it is natural to change the management of the company.”Forca said Gram-Hanssen was resigning immediately, but would be available to hand over key tasks to Falkenham and the rest of management. Falkenham said that with the help of consulting firm Egon Zehnder, Forca was now working to replace Gram-Hanssen, who had headed up the firm since 2012 and worked as its chief financial officer prior to this, since 2007.In the meantime, the Copenhagen-based firm said Falkenham would temporarily move closer to the business and alongside the rest of its management, ensure the company was well run.Gram-Hanssen said in the statement from Forca: “It is of course sad to have to leave Forca, but I am also proud of the results we have achieved in my time as CEO.”Falkenham said Gram-Hanssen had made a great effort to develop, streamline and commercialise Forca, which had allowed the owners to benefit from good pension solutions as well as low costs.
Share NewsRegional Hugo Chavez stays in Caracas for new chemotherapy round by: – August 29, 2011 Tweet Share Share 8 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! President Chavez, seen here entering the hospital in Caracas, says his treatment is going wellVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez is set to to have a third round of chemotherapy after having a cancerous tumour removed in June.He is being treated at a hospital in the capital, Caracas, in contrast to two previous treatments and initial surgery which took place in Cuba.Mr Chavez says his treatment has been going well and is aimed at preventing the reappearance of cancer cells.His illness has caused political uncertainty in Venezuela.It has cast doubt on whether he will be able to stand for re-election next year.The president walked into the Dr Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital on Sunday accompanied by aides and his daughter, Rosa.He thanked his supporters for their prayers and messages of goodwill.“From here, I join all these prayers and masses for the health of all of us. God bless you!” Mr Chavez tweeted.Speaking on national television on Saturday night, Mr Chavez said he and his team of Cuban and Venezuelan doctors had decided he could undergo his latest round of chemotherapy in Venezuela.“I’m determined to continue living,” Mr Chavez, 57, said later at the hospital.“It’s not time to die. What we have to do still is a great deal.”The left-wing leader underwent surgery in Cuba in June to remove a tumour from his pelvic region. However, he has not disclosed the exact nature of the cancer.BBC News
Ed Joyce and William Porterfield put together the second biggest partnership in Ireland history as the tourists dominated the second day of their Intercontinental Cup clash with Namibia in Windhoek. The pair shared a second-wicket stand of 326 in 404 balls, with Joyce recording back-to-back double hundreds in the competition. Joyce finally fell for 205 but Porterfield ended the day unbeaten on 153 after setting another Ireland record when he reached his 13th century. Having earlier bowled out Namibia for 251, Ireland reached the close on 402 for three – a first-innings lead of 151. Press Association
Arsenal moved to the brink of the Champions League’s last 16 despite blowing a 3-0 lead against Anderlecht.Mikel Arteta’s penalty put the Gunners ahead after Danny Welbeck was fouled by Chancel Mbemba.Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead with a stunning 20-yard volley before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added the third.Anthony Vanden Borre reduced the deficit from close range before scoring a penalty, with Aleksandar Mitrovic equalising in the last minute.Arsenal were set to book their place in the knockout stages when substitute Mitrovic headed Andy Najar’s 90th-minute cross past Wojciech Szczesny from close range. Arsenal have conceded seven goals in their last four Champions League matchesThe Londoners still need one point from their two remaining games – at home to Borussia Dortmund on 26 November and at Galatasaray on 9 December – to advance.But with Dortmund five points clear, their hopes of finishing top of the group and heading into next month’s draw as one of the seeded teams are fading.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looked furious at the end.Though Vanden Borre was clearly offside when he scored his first goal, there can be no excuses for the lapses of concentration that allowed the Belgian champions to take a point. Indeed there was no evidence of the drama to come at a rain-lashed Emirates when two goals in the space of four first-half minutes put the Gunners in control.Chile international Sanchez had already been denied by a post when Mbemba felled Welbeck to gift Arteta his first goal in the competition, the Spaniard coolly chipping his 25th-minute spot-kick down the middle.It was 2-0 four minutes later, the tireless Sanchez finding the net with a sublime low 20-yard volley after his free-kick cannoned off the visitors’ wall.Anderlecht battled throughout but they looked beaten when Oxlade-Chamberlain put Wenger’s side 3-0 ahead by drilling home after a powerful 58th-minute run.Vanden Borre was at least a yard offside when he began Anderlecht’s amazing fightback from close range in the 61st minute. Nacho Monreal’s clumsy foul on Mitrovic then allowed Vanden Borre to make it 3-2 from the penalty spot.And, just as Arsenal appeared to have weathered Anderlecht’s late flurry, the dangerous Mitrovic headed home to the delight of the 3,000 travelling fans.
MASON CITY — A Mason City woman has pleaded guilty to insurance fraud and theft charges.34-year-old Amber Griffin was charged this past fall with four counts of insurance fraud by presenting false information and one count of second-degree theft after an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau. The bureau said the charges stemmed from an investigation that started back in February of last year as Griffin allegedly submitted multiple fraudulent insurance claims to her insurance company seeking reimbursement through her insurance policy.Griffin pleaded guilty on Monday to the charges, with court records stating that in return for her pleas prosecutors will recommend three years of probation, suspended five-year prison terms and that Griffin pay restitution.Her sentencing is scheduled for May 20th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.