The chief executive of Iceland’s Pension Fund for State Employees (LSR) is to step down later this year after 37 years at the fund.LSR said Haukur Hafsteinsson announced his decision to resign at a staff meeting on Friday, but had previously told the fund’s board of directors that he intended to go.Hafsteinsson said: “I will be 65 in the autumn of this year and think that now is the right time for a change.”Unnur Petursdottir, chair of the ISK826bn (€6bn) fund’s board, said Hafsteinsson’s decision had come as a surprise. Haukur HafsteinssonShe said he was one of the most experienced leaders in the pension system in Iceland and had wealth of information about government pensions in particular.He was leaving a gap that would not be easy to fill, she said.Hafsteinsson has worked with the pension fund since graduating from the University of Iceland in 1982. He first worked at the State Social Security Institute, which then handled several pension funds, including the government staff pension fund.LSR said it would advertise for a new chief executive later this month.According to information from the Icelandic Pension Funds’ Association, Hafsteinsson is the longest-standing leader in the sector alongside Árni Guðmundsson, chief executive of Gildi pension fund.This article was updated on 8 March to update LSR’s assets and amend the penultimate paragraph “For years, Haukur has been the driving force, the epicentre and the face of the Pension Fund for State Employees, always concerned about the welfare of the fund and its members,” Petursdottir said.
San Jose Earthquakes general manager, John Doyle, says Jamaica midfielder Simon Dawkins will be a key to their offence in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.Dawkins is rejoining the club from Derby County after three seasons in the English Premier League and Championship.Doyle sees the Jamaican, who has a club record of the most goals by a midfielder in two seasons (14) as a key element.”We’re delighted to welcome Simon back,” Doyle said in a team statement. “He has a tremendous amount of experience in England as well as internationally. Simon is a proven player in Major League Soccer and helped the club win the Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He will be a key part of our attack,” Doyle insisted in a report on the Major League Soccer website.Dawkins spent the last two years with English Championship side, Derby County, scoring nine goals in 73 appearances. He also spent time at Tottenham and Aston Villa. He has 20 caps for the Jamaican national team, scoring three goals. His most recent international cap came in Jamaica’s crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Nicaragua in that country on September 9 last year.Dawkins is just one of two Earthquakes players to score six or more goals in consecutive seasons since the club’s return to Major League Soccer in 2008. He is also the only midfielder in the club’s history to score 14 or more goals over a two-year period.