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Career moves: Publicis Group, Ardonagh and more

A round-up of some of the UK’s leading CFO and FD moves, as well as other executive changes across UK and global organisations.

Publicis Groupe UK appoints CFO who sold Karmarama to Accenture

Paris-based ad group Publicis Groupe has appointed James Barnes-Austin as its new chief financial officer for its UK arm. Prior to joining Publicis Groupe, Barnes-Austin spent two years at Karmarama as its CFO, before it was sold to Accenture.

Publicis Groupe UK’s CEO Annette King said about the appointment: “James is the perfect partner to help deliver our vision of Power of One across our UK agencies, which will be pivotal in transforming and growing our client relationships. His experience, precision and collaboration will be crucial in driving our UK country model.”

Ardonagh announces appointment of new CFO

Broking and underwriting group Ardonagh has brought Diane Cougill on board as its new CFO. Prior to joining the group, Cougill served as a CFO and as the insurance director of the motoring and financial services group RAC. She also served as an advisor to the group CEO of Ardonagh before she became its CFO.

Ardonagh CEO David Ross said: “Diane has been working closely with the team at Ardonagh over the past couple of months on our full year 2017 and Q1 2018 financial results, closely followed by the completion of a successful £98m bond raise. Her advice and counsel over this time has naturally evolved into this appointment, which we are delighted to confirm today.”

Glasgow developer ramps up growth plans with senior appointments

Glasgow-based property developers Structured Housing Group (SHG) has made new additions to its upper management with two new appointments. Brian Smith has been recruited as the group’s new group operations director whereas Christine Young has joined as the operations director for BOHO, SGH’s residential management-arm.

SGH’s chief executive Craig Inglis stated: “The past year has been our most successful to date with our team achieving double-digit growth. We continue to expand in our key areas and bringing in strong experience is part of our strategic growth plan.”

The Stafford Railway BS makes board appointment

UK-based building society Stafford Railway Building Society (SRBS) has made an addition to its board of directors with the appointment of Steven Jones as its new deputy chief executive and finance director. Jones brings over 27 years of experience with him and has previously served as the finance director & deputy chief executive of Hanley Economic Building Society.

Speaking about his appointment, Jones stated: “I am delighted to join the team at Stafford Railway Building Society, working alongside the Board to continue developing the Society into a modern mutual. I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the role and contribute to ensuring Stafford Railway’s future success.”

Somerset County Council appoints new interim director of finance

Somerset County Council has brought Peter Lewis on board to replace Kevin Nacey as its new interim director of finance. Somerset County Council’s director of HR and organisational development Chris Squire confirmed the appointment and stated that that a part of Lewis’ responsibilities will be handled by his department so that Lewis can focus solely on financial functions during his time at the council.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We can confirm that our appointment committee has appointed an interim finance director. This is on a six-month basis, beginning at the end of July, while a recruitment process for a permanent replacement is undertaken. The successful applicant, Peter Lewis, brings considerable experience having worked for numerous local authorities in finance and corporate services roles. His role will be purely to focus on the finances of the organisation and to lead the finance team.”

Cabot Energy names Scott Aitken as CEO

An oil and gas exploration and production company Cabot Energy has recruited Scott Aitken to replace Keith Bush as its new CEO. Aitken brings a plethora of experience with him, having spent over 25 years’ in the industry. Prior to joining Cabot Energy, Aitken served as the CEO of High Power Petroleum. Speaking about his appointment, Aitken stated that he planned on ushering in a new chapter of growth for the company for the benefit of all shareholders.

ByBox appoints new chief operating officer

Smart locker technology and field service solution specialists ByBox declared David Wilson as the new chief operations officer of the company. Wilson brings a wealth of experience with him, having served 25 years in the telecom, IT and gaming technology sectors. Prior to joining ByBox, Wilson served as the COO of Inspired Gaming. ByBox CEO Stuart Miller commented on the appointment and stated: “We’re thrilled that Dave chose ByBox. His experience of deploying critical technology globally will be invaluable to us over the next phase of our growth. His understanding of customers’ will also be a great fit for ByBox.”

Amelia Sussman joins SASC as head of operations

Charity investor Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) has recruited Amelia Sussman as its new head of operations. Sussman previously served at Impetus as its investment director for 11 years and was also the COO of Common Purpose. Sussman said: “I’m excited to join SASC at this key stage in the organisation’s growth. As SASC has grown so has the need for experienced sector professionals. I’m looking forward to working with the team and developing the role to enable more organisations to benefit from social investment.”




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