Mercer said Race decided to step back from business leadership to focus on client work and a small number of new service delivery, risk and governance responsibilities.Before working at Mercer, Blackie was commercial director for Aon Hewitt’s consultancy business in Scotland, and also worked at Edinburgh Fund Managers, as well as Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Mercer has appointed Edinburgh-based Steven Blackie as its UK head of investments.He will succeed Patrick Race, who held the position for more than four years.In his new job as UK head of investments, Blackie will focus on developing Mercer’s advisory and delegated services, as well as growing “innovative offerings for the wealth management and insurance market segments,” the company said.Blackie has been commercial director for Mercer’s UK investments business up until this appointment, having first joined the consultancy back in 2009 as head of the Edinburgh investment team.
“I’m very delighted by the move,” Gnabry told the club’s official site. “I see the opportunity that I can play, it’s a good club and I’ve heard good things. “I’m very happy that I’ve signed here. I’ve got good impressions and I feel it’s a good environment for me to play and also develop as a player.” Head coach Tony Pulis said: “We’re delighted to add Serge to our options. “He is a top player and he will bring us quality in certain areas of the pitch.” Gnabry is unlikely to face Manchester City on Monday, though, as he lacks match fitness. Press Association The Baggies spent around £10million on Brown Ideye last summer but any outlay on Rondon would eclipse that. Ideye was close to leaving in January and any move for Rondon would cast doubt over his future at The Hawthorns. Victor Anichebe may also be surplus to requirements at the Baggies after an injury-plagued two years at the club. Venezuela international Rondon started his career at Aragua in his home country and has also played for Las Palmas, Malaga and Rubin Kazan. He joined Zenit in 2014 for a reported fee of around £16million. The Baggies host Manchester City on Monday, with Joleon Lescott a minor doubt against his former club after missing two days of training this week. The Baggies have also confirmed the signing of Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old midfielder joins after missing the whole of last season with a knee injury. West Brom are ready to smash their transfer record for Zenit St Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon. The forward is believed to be in the country with Albion targeting the player, Press Association Sport understands. Albion are after further firepower despite signing Rickie Lambert from Liverpool to help Saido Berahino up front.
Ghanaian female sprinter Martha Bissah earned Most Outstanding Track Athlete honors at the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday, winning two more gold medals to go with two from earlier in the week as the Spartan women placed fourth at the meet. The Spartans finished the meet with 72 points. North Carolina A&T won with 145, Florida A&M was second with 94 and Hampton was third with 73.5. Also on Saturday, junior Tasia Baxter placed fourth in the pole vault with a top clearance on 10 feet, 8 inches and sophomore Taejah Robertson earned fifth place in the 60-meter hurdles in a personal-best time of 8.60 seconds. Bissah pulled away for victories in the mile (4:53.48) and 3,000 meters (10:13.70) on Saturday. She also ran the anchor leg on the Spartans’ fourth-place 4×400 meter relay team that won its heat. On Friday, Bissah won the 800 meters and ran anchor on the winning medley relay team. Bissah is the first NSU female to earn outstanding runner honors at a MEAC indoor meet since All-American sprinter Debbie Dunn in 1999. The Spartans have a month off before opening the outdoor track season at William & Mary on March 17.