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Career moves including Thames Water and Lancashire Holdings

CFOs, finance directors and other senior corporate leaders on the move.

Thames Water CEO Steve Robertson steps down

Utility giant Thames Water has announced that its CEO Steve Robertson has stepped down based on mutual agreement. Ian Marchant will be appointed as the executive chairman, while the company seeks to recruit a new CEO.

Robertson joined the utility in September 2016. Prior to that, he was the chief executive of telecoms services companies Truphone and BT Openreach. To ensure smooth transition, he will stay with Thames Water until 30 June.

Lancashire Holdings CFO Elaine Whelan to step down in 2020

Insurance and reinsurance specialist Lancashire Holdings has announced the retirement of its group chief financial officer Elaine Whelan, at the end of February 2020. Whelan will continue to serve as the CFO throughout 2019, as well as the financial year-end process. Whelan has been the CFO since 2011, followed by the executive director role on the company’s board in early 2013. Lancashire will begin to seek a successor for Whelan soon.

Lancashire’s chairman Peter Clarke stated: “I join my Board and senior management colleagues in wishing Elaine well for her life post Lancashire. Her drive, dedication and insight have helped contribute to the growth and development of our business and she has made an exceptional contribution to Lancashire’s success over many years. We look forward to working with Elaine over the coming year and we are pleased that Elaine will be assisting the Board in implementing an orderly succession process for the group CFO role.”

New Beazley group finance director assumes post

Insurance company Beazley has announced that its CFO Martin Bride has stepped down from the board and will exit the firm in August. Bride will be replaced by group actuary Sally Lake. Lake joined the company in 2006 and held the role of group actuary since 2014.

Beazley’s chairman David Roberts commented: “I am delighted to welcome Sally to the Beazley Plc board. The board is immensely grateful to Martin for his 10 years of service and great contribution to Beazley and its growth, and we wish him well in his retirement.”

McCann London promotes Sheryl Marjoram to CEO

Advertising firm McCann London has promoted managing director Sheryl Marjoram to the role of chief executive. Marjoram joined McCann London in 2017, prior to that she worked with Saatchi & Saatchi London as its managing partner, leading the Asda account. She is set to replace the present chief executive Alex Lubar, who will take over as McCann Worldgroup Asia-Pacific’s next president. In her new role, Marjoram will work parallel to a management team.

Commenting upon the appointment, McCann Worldgroup UK’s chief executive Mark Lund said: “Since her arrival, Sheryl has been critical to driving growth. She will be a terrific CEO. She is a great ambassador for our industry and for creative and strategic brilliance and endeavour.”

Jack Swayne joins m/SIX as EMEA and UK CEO

Media buying and planning company m/SIX has named Jack Swayne as its CEO across UK and EMEA. Swayne will directly report to Jess Burley, global CEO of m/SIX. He will depart from iProspect at the end of June and join m/SIX at the beginning of September. He took over as the chief executive of iProspect in January 2019 and has worked with Dentsu Aegis Network since 2013. Alistair MacCallum, the current UK chief executive of m/SIX will shift to advertising company Kinetic as the CEO.

“I am delighted to welcome Jack to the newly created UK and EMEA CEO role. Jack’s expertise in strategic planning, digital and analytics brings the type of expertise all of our clients crave. In addition, his experience in overseas markets makes him the right choice to lead our growth across EMEA.

“I would like to take a moment to thank Alistair for the work he has done while at m/SIX. We are delighted that he won’t be going too far away, and that we will continue to work with him in his new capacity as CEO of Kinetic,” stated  Burley.

Redcentric hires new CFO

IT managed services provider Redcentric has named Dean Barber as its new chief financial officer. His predecessor Peter Brotherton has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of the firm. Brotherton took over as interim chief executive, post the resignation of Chris Jagusz. Barber joins Redcentric from healthcare software developer EMIS Group. He brings over 20 years of finance expertise, having held senior level roles at Skanska UK, WM Morrison Supermarkets and Jarvis.

“I am pleased to welcome Dean to Redcentric on behalf of the board. Dean’s experience and skills will be of great benefit to the company and we look forward to working with him. I would also like to congratulate Peter on his appointment as CEO on behalf of the board and thank him for his contribution since he assumed chief executive responsibilities and previously as chief financial officer,” said Redcentric Chairman Chris Cole.

Byotrol appoints Nic Hellyer as chief financial officer immediately

Antimicrobial technology producer Byotrol has recruited Nic Hellyer as its part-time chief financial officer, effective immediately. Hellyer brings to Byotrol over 25 years of corporate finance expertise, having previously worked with organisations such as UBS and HSBC. He also served as the part-time CFO at investment firm Pelatro.

Kensington Mortgages names new chief operating officer

Lender Kensington Mortgages has named Mark Foulsham its chief operating officer. Foulsham brings over 30 years of expertise, having worked with organisations such as Scope, Surrey Innovations, CIO connect and ensure. At present, he is the founder and director of Keyenable and is on the advisory board of CIONET.

Mark Arnold, chief executive of Kensington Mortgages, said: “Our industry is changing at a rapid pace, with technology changing the way that consumers think about every aspect of their finances. Our approach is to marry the power of big data, with the common sense of a human underwriter to offer mortgages to those who do not tick the right boxes at the big banks. Foulsham is the perfect hire to allow us to take our digital innovation to the next level.”

Marco Lessacher appointed CEO at Alphabet International

Financial services provider Alphabet International has recruited Marco Lessacher in the chief executive officer position, effective from 1 July. Lessacher will succeed the present CEO Norbert van den Eijnden, who held the position since 2009. He is resigning to take up new challenges. Previously, Lessacher held various CEO functions at BMW Financial Services and Alphabet Germany.

Commenting upon his new role, Lessacher said: “I’m really looking forward to this new challenge. With a strong team and a clear vision, we will set the course for a successful future.”

Clouditalia hires Bernardo Marzucchi as new chief executive officer

Cloud computing company Clouditalia has appointed Bernardo Marzucchi as its chief executive officer. Marzucchi joined Clouditalia as the chief operating officer in 2013 and has worked in the company for six years. Before that, he worked with Terracablate Networks and Services SrL as the chief operating officer.

“I am proud of this appointment. 2018 has confirmed the effectiveness of the transformation process undertaken, which ended with the acquisition of Clouditalia by Irideos,” said Marzucchi.

Comic Relief chief executive steps down

Charity Comic Relief has revealed chief executive Liz Warner will depart from the company at the end of 2019, after serving for three years in the role. Warner aims to assume a new social enterprise and take up posts on various boards upon her exit. Comic Relief has begun to seek a new chief executive.

Chairman of Comic Relief, Tim Davie commented: “Liz has set the charity on course to be sector-leading in its safeguarding processes, increased its digital capability and attracted a new leadership team with a refreshed skill base, all of which means the charity is now well positioned to tackle the challenge of long-term sustainability. She has made Comic Relief leaner and more focused, and I want to thank her for the enormous amount of hard work and energy she has brought to this role.”

Robert Gofton named CEO of RLSS UK

The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has recruited Robert Gofton to serve as the chief executive of the company. He will succeed the interim CEO Rick Tazzini who held the position since December 2018, when Di Steer departed. Previously, he worked in the sports sector. He then resigned to work with charity and private sectors.

Commenting upon the appointment, president of RLSS UK Ian Hutchings said: “Our recruitment process has borne fruit and in Robert we’ve appointed the best person to the role of CEO.”

Eden Futures announces the appointment of new CEO

Housing provider Eden Futures has appointed Dawn Berry as the group CEO, effective of 1 July 2019. At present, Berry is the group COO and is set to replace the departing CEO Andrew Lennox, who served for five years at the helm. Lennox will now move back to the healthcare sector.

Chair of Eden Futures Stephen Collier said: “Whilst we are sad to see Andrew move on, I am really pleased that Dawn has agreed to take on the role of CEO. This is an exciting time at Eden Futures as we look to continue our year on year growth, and Dawn’s experience with Eden Futures will help to maintain that. I know that we will all want to actively support Dawn as she takes on this new challenge and she is a real credit to Eden’s ability to develop its own. It is right that we also recognise Andrew’s contribution over the last five years and thank him for all he has done in getting us to where we are now.”

New CEO for AgriTech disease innovator PBD Biotech

Novel diagnostic developer PBD Biotech has named Mark Hammond as its new CEO. Hammond brings over 20 years of public and private healthcare experience to PBD Biotech, having worked in various senior leadership positions previously. He replaces the retiring CEO and co-founder of PBD Biotech, Dr Berwyn Clarke. Clarke will become a non-executive director on the board of PBD Biotech.

Commenting upon his new appointment, Hammond said: “I am excited about what the future holds for PBD Biotech, and keen to build on our fast-growing reputation as a leader in mycobacterial diagnostics. Actiphage is unique as it is able to detect the presence of only live pathogen in samples, separating out any vaccine-antibodies, which offers it significant benefits as a disease diagnostic.”

TRL announces new chief executive appointment

The board of Transport Research Foundation (TRF), holding company of TRL, announced the appointment of Paul Campion as the chief executive of the entire group, effective from 1 July. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Transport Systems Catapult. Before joining Transport Systems Catapult, he had a long career at IBM in various senior operational and sales roles across Europe, Africa and the US.

Chairman of TRF Charles Rice said: “I am very pleased to welcome Paul to TRL. His extensive experience at IBM both in the UK and overseas will help us with the development of our software business internationally. More recently, as CEO of the Transport Systems Catapult he has developed extensive links with government, industry and university partners. Paul brings valuable experience to TRL at a time when we seek to develop our world leading expertise further into the new markets being created by the ‘New Mobility’ revolution’’.

Bas NieuweWeme appointed as CEO of Aegon Asset Management

Asset management company Aegon has appointed Bas NieuweWeme as its chief executive officer, effective as of 24 June. The current CEO Sarah Russell will step down from her role as well as from Aegon’s management board. Prior to joining Aegon, NieuweWeme worked with Prudential Financial’s asset management business PGIM, where he served as the managing director and global head of the institutional relationship group.

CEO of Aegon Alex Wynaendts said of the appointment: “We are very grateful for the passion and commitment Sarah has brought to Aegon. Sarah has been creating and building a successful global asset management business over the past nine years, which is now ready for the next stage of development. Bas’ appointment signals Aegon’s continuing commitment to build a growing and sustainably profitable business. Bas will bring a fresh perspective gained from having worked with leading global asset management firms, in the world’s largest markets”.

Invenio Business Solutions appoints a new chief operating officer

IT consulting and services provider Invenio Business Solutions has recruited Dave Manning as the chief operating officer. Manning brings over 28 years of expertise, having worked across various industries and disciplines. Prior to joining Invenio, he worked with companies such as Tesco Bank, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard in senior leadership roles.

“Invenio’s core values and our distinctly different culture are the biggest reasons for our exceptional growth. It is of paramount importance that we preserve our core values and culture while we drive a transformation to achieve operational excellence. Balancing the two requires a highly experienced leader that is able to live and breathe our values and our culture. Dave is the person to do that for us,“ stated Invenio’s CEO Arun Bala.

Samuel McGuirk joins senior team at Ontruck

Online transport platform Ontruck has appointed Samuel McGuirk as its head of UK operations. McGuirk was previously the senior manager at Just Eat, leading global operations and managing teams across Italy, France, Ireland, Canada and Spain.

Speaking of his appointment, McGuirk said: “It is a privilege to join such a disruptive, forward-thinking and data-oriented business, and for me the real challenge is delivering a customer-centric operating model, providing benefits to both shippers and hauliers from a financial aspect, but also creating an efficient logistics ecosystem here in London.”

Meals & More names Peter McGrath as first operations director

Children’s hunger charity Meals & More has appointed one of its founding trustees Peter McGrath as its first operations director. McGrath brings wealth of expertise, having worked with Derbyshire County Council, Children’s Food Trust and senior level roles at Taylor Shaw and Elior.

“Since becoming a charity last year, the trustees recognised the need to appoint a strategic leader to help meet our goals. Over the past three years since we started this initiative, we’ve seen Peter’s passion stand out and this, coupled with his industry links, drive and determination, mean he is the perfect first operations director for the charity. We know how much work there is to do to put an end to holiday hunger, but this is a fantastic step in the right direction,” commented Kate Woodhouse, chairman of Meals & More.

PHD Equity Partners appoints new FD as it prepares to raise third fund

Fund management subsidiary of Dow Schofield Watts, PHD Equity Partners has named Richard Evans its new finance director. Prior to joining PHD Equity Partners, Evans worked with Strand Hanson as the COO. He brings over 30 years of banking and finance expertise.

Speaking of his appointment, Evans said: “PHD focuses on part of the SME market which is often overlooked by other PE investors. We target established firms that are ready for transformation and an injection of growth that will bring them to the attention of the larger funds. We believe there is huge scope to extend PHD’s reach and attract a wider range of investors.”

Regulator approves CEO for 7IM

UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has approved Dean Proctor’s appointment as the CEO of Seven Investment Management (7IM). The former CEO and co-founder Tom Sheridan has retired from the company. Proctor brings extensive expertise in the finance sector, having worked with companies such as the UK unsecured lending business of Barclays, Commercial Bank of Qatar and Arbuthnot Latham.

United Oil & Gas hires David Quirke as new chief financial officer

United Oil & Gas has named David Quirke its chief financial officer, effective from 24 June. Previously, Quirke worked with Tullow Oil and was responsible to lead the treasury function. Most recently, he was an advisor for Assala Energy.

Commenting upon the appointment, CEO Brian Larkin said: “We are delighted to persuade someone of David’s calibre and experience to join us for the next phase of our development. We are building a team that will enable United to fulfil the undoubted potential of our asset base and to further grow this company. David’s experience in an international FTSE 100 company and extensive banking relationships will strengthen our ability to develop new funding avenues to fuel our growth. His understanding of the capital markets and corporate finance, particularly in the E&P sector, will expand our financial options for both acquisition and operations.”



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