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Career moves: Paddy Power Betfair, Time Out and others

A round-up of news on FDs and other senior executives changing jobs at UK and overseas organisations.

Paddy Power Betfair hires new CFO

Paddy Power Betfair has hired Jonathan Hill as its new CFO and will be taking over from Alex Gersh. Prior to joining Paddy Power Betfair, Hill served at multiple companies such as Bovis Homes, PwC and TUI Travel where he held senior finance roles.

Speaking about his appointment, Paddy Power Betfair’s chief executive Peter Jackson commented: “We’re delighted that Jonathan is joining us. He brings substantial strategic and operational finance experience in consumer businesses and I am confident he will make a significant contribution to Paddy Power Betfair’s future success.”

Time Out names new CFO

Media conglomerate Time Out group has named Adam Silver as its new CFO. Prior to joining Time Out, Silver held senior financial positions at multiple companies over the years including Just Eat, The Karma Communications Group, Ingenious Media, Hamilton Bradshaw and KPMG. Silver will be succeeding Richard Boult, who will be stepping down from the position to pursue new opportunities.

Julio Bruno, CEO of Time Out said about the announcement: “I am delighted Adam is joining Time Out Group as its new CFO. He brings outstanding financial and commercial experience and great passion to the role. I look forward to working with him as we continue to diversify and grow the business.”

Now Healthcare Group appoints finance director

Now Healthcare Group (NHG) has appointed of Mark Siney as its new financial director. Siney has a background in finance and operations, including acquiring private equity and maximizing business performance and growth. Prior to joining NHG, Siney served at Ellis Whitham.

NHG CEO, Lee Dentith, said about the announcement: “Mark has joined us at an opportune time and will play a pivotal role in the financial journey of the business, especially as we explore options around our next stage of investment.”

About his appointment, Siney said: “It is an exhilarating time for the business and I’m looking forward to working with Lee and all the team on the next stage of the growth journey.”

New FD appointed by R&D tax relief specialists

Tax relief specialist Jumpstart has announced that Andrew Taylor is set to become their new finance director. Taylor is a fully qualified chartered accountant with training from Tenon. Prior to joining Jumpstart, he served as a financial controller at Dalmore Capital and also spent 12 years at Petroceltic where he served as group manager of strategic planning.

Speaking about Taylor’s appointment, Jumpstart’s managing director John Henderson said: “Andrew is a very welcome addition to our team as we target further growth across the UK. He brings formidable experience, which we aim to leverage across our business, of working with multi-discipline senior management teams to deliver on company strategy.”

Georgian Mining promotes Struthers to CEO

Georgian Mining Inc. has announced the promotion of Michael Struthers as its new CEO, effective immediately. Struthers, who currently serves as a COO at Georgian Mining Inc., brings a wealth of experience with him, having worked in the mining industry for 37 years.

Speaking about his appointment, Struthers said: “I originally joined GEO as COO on the strength of the epithermal geological model, the mineral potential waiting to be developed on the JV license and my confidence in the GEO team. As CEO, I look forward to completing this work and establishing KB and the surrounding areas as yet another world class asset on the prolific Tethyan Belt.”


Wentworth Resources hires new CFO

Energy company Wentworth Resources has announced that Katherine Roe will be its new CFO, effective 1 April. Prior to joining Wentworth, Katherine served at Panmure Gordon and Morgan Stanley’s investment banking divisions. She is also a non-executive director for IDE Group Holdings and is a director for Roe Resources.

She will be replacing Lance Mierendorf, who has confirmed that he will stay in the role until 31 March to ensure the coordination of an efficient and orderly handover to Roe. Bob McBean, executive chairman of Wentworth, spoke about Roe’s appointment and said: “I would like to wish Lance all the best for his future endeavours and welcome Katherine as our new CFO.”

Cleverly becomes new CFO of Maistro

E-commerce company Maistro has appointed Ian Cleverly as its new CFO, effective 9 April. Prior to joining Maistro, Cleverly held CFO positions at companies such as Cable and Wireless and Hutchinson 3G. He has also held senior financial roles with NTL and Procter & Gamble.

About the move, Maistro CEO Laurence Cook said: “I am delighted to announce that Ian Cleverly has agreed to join Maistro as CFO and as a board member. He brings tremendous experience of developing young organisations and building successful businesses across the UK and Europe. He has extensive experience and a strong track record of helping companies delivers shareholder value and has previously operated at board level within listed companies.”

Halfords CFO moves to Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone has hired Jonny Mason as its new chief financial officer. Prior to joining Dixons, Mason held senior financial roles and multiple companies such as Odeon, UCI Cinemas, Sainsbury’s, Shell and Hansons and served as an interim CEO at Halford’s.

Ian Livingston, chairman of Dixons Carphone, said about the appointment: “The board and I are very pleased to welcome Jonny Mason to the group” Dixons Carphone CEO, Alex Baldock added to be “delighted to have Jonny by my side. He has an outstanding track record and brings the experience and qualities we need to take Dixons Carphone into the next phase of its transformation”

Veltyco appoints Melissa Blau as new CEO

Gaming group Veltyco announced the appointment of Melissa Blau as its new CEO.  Blau is a seasoned veteran and has an extensive background in industry business strategy, financing and stakeholder management. Prior to joining Veltyco, she served as a CFO at St Minver and as CEO at Europa Point Group.

Be Heard brings former GlobalData chief executive on board as new CFO  

Digital marketing group Be Heard has announced the appointment of Simon Pyper as its new CFO. Prior to joining Be Heard, Pyper served at Musgrave UK as its finance director and held multiple senior and financial roles at the Arcadia Group Ltd. According to reports, Be Heard’s COO, Robin Price, will also be stepping down from his position, effective 9 April.

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