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Career moves including Santander, Sky and Yorkshire Water

CFOs, finance directors and other senior executives on the move in the UK and elsewhere.

Santander announces key leadership appointments

Banking giant Santander US has taken on board Timothy Wennes as its president and chief executive officer effective 16 September 2019. Wennes succeeds Duke Dayal who has been appointed as CFO at Santander UK. Juan Carlos Alvarez will take the post of Santander US and SBNA’s CFO from 16 September 2019. Alvarez will succeed Dayal in his capacity as Santander US CFO.

Sky CFO exits to work for Boris Johnson

Telecommunications group Sky’s CFO and COO Andrew Griffith will soon step down to pursue the role of a senior business adviser to the new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He has been with Sky for the last 20 years and has become part of the board since 2008. In his absence, Karl Holmes and Simon Robson will oversee group operations and group finance functions, respectively.

Yorkshire Water chief to quit after 16 years at the helm

Water services company, Yorkshire Water’s chief executive Richard Flint will step down on 12 September 2019 following 16 years of service with the company. Liz Barber current chief financial officer will succeed Richard Flint, who has been with the company since 1992 and was appointed chief executive officer in 2010.

Interserve names Mark Morris as new CFO

Support services and construction firm Interserve Group has appointed Mark Morris as its chief financial officer. Morris will take up office on 1 September 2019 and will succeed Mark Whiteling who has stepped down to pursue his non-executive career. Previously, Morris worked at Rolls-Royce for 28 years in various senior leadership roles and most recently as its chief financial officer.

Commenting upon Mark Morris’ appointment, Debbie White, chief executive officer Interserve Group Limited, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Mark to Interserve. His significant experience will be a valuable addition to the Company’s leadership team. I very much look forward to working with him. I would like to thank Mark Whiteling for his significant contribution to Interserve during a challenging period in its history.”

Swansea Building Society appoints new FD

Swansea Building Society has taken on board Nathan Griffiths as its new finance director who will based at the society’s head office in Cradock street, Swansea. Griffiths brings along a wealth of experience in financial services following his service of eight years at Deloitte and four years at Monmouthshire Building society.

Commenting upon Nathan Griffiths’ appointment, Alun Williams, chief executive of Swansea Building Society, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Nathan to Swansea Building Society during such a prosperous time. His impressive financial background and experience within the building society sector makes him a solid asset to the Society. We look forward to working with Nathan and have no doubt he will provide a valuable contribution to the Society, which will enhance our dedication to offering our members an outstanding personalised service.”

Ebury creates new senior role amid hiring spree

Alternative financier, Ebury has brought on board Martin Fest as its new chief financial officer. Fest previously served Molo as its CFO. He also led investment management strategy at Man Group and served Barclays as an investment banker for seven years. Speaking about Martin Fest’s appointment, Juan Lobato, co-founder and CEO of Ebury said: “Martin joins Ebury at a significant period of growth for the business – we continue to open new offices and are hiring around 50 new employees every month.”

Changes at 7digital as top executives step down

Digital music and radio services platform 7digital’s chief executive officer John Aalbers and chief financial officer Julia Hubbard have decided to step down with immediate effect. Aalbers will be replaced by current chief operating officer Paul Langworthy and Hubbard will be replaced by Michael Juskiewicz.

Aptean bolsters executive team with the addition of Kevin McAdams as CFO

ERP, supply chain management, and customer experience solutions provider, Aptean has taken on board Kevin McAdams as its new chief financial officer who will take up office immediately.  He brings along more than 25 years of experience working with technology companies and will be responsible for managing Aptean’s global financial operations. Prior to this role, McAdams served as the CFO of Premiere Global Services and held other senior leadership roles. He has also worked at organisations including KPMG, Verizon Wireless, McKesson Corporation, MedQuest Associates and PGi.

pladis group appoints new chief financial officer

Global snacks and confectionery brand, pladis has appointed Sridhar Ramamurthy as its chief financial officer. Ramamurthy has held various senior leadership roles in emerging and mature markets, including India, Singapore and the UK. He has also served as finance controller for Unilever’s Asia/Africa region and chief financial officer for the Hindustan Unilever Limited. Ramamurthy will be part of the pladis leadership team and as CFO he will assume responsibility for leading pladis’ financial management and other related functions spanning financial planning and forecasting, audit, tax, treasury and shared services.

Good Life Networks announces return of former CFO

Digital advertising technology company, Good Life Networks has recruited Andrew Osis as its chief financial officer once again. Osis will succeed Konstantin Lichtenwald. Prior to this role, he has served GLN as interim CFO  and has held various senior leadership roles including Vice President-Global Banking at RBC Dominion Securities, Peters & Company and Newcrest Capital.

IRI appoints Chief Financial and Chief Human Resources Officers

Big data and predictive analytics solutions provider, IRI has hired Mike Eklund as its chief financial officer. His role will include overseeing the financial management and its finance reporting, accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit, real estate and procurement. Eklund joins IRI from DJO Global  where he served as chief operating officer. He has also worked at Dell Technologies and will now succeed Brian Coderre who served as acting FO and will continue to serve as IRI’s North American CFO.

AutoNation replaces new CEO with CFO

Auto dealership chain AutoNation has appointed current chief financial officer Cheryl Miller as its new CEO following the stepping down of Carl Liebert. Liebert served as CEO since March and has previously served as the chief operating officer at USAA and the Home Depot.

Tortoise appoints CFO

Investment management firm, Tortoise has taken on board senior managing director Michelle Kelly Johnston as its CFO. Johnston will look after the business strategy and management, corporate finance, financial planning & analysis and financial reporting. She joined the firm in 2006 and most recently served as the firm’s chief strategy officer. Prior to this role, Johnston served Goldman, Sachs & Co. in its industrial and natural resources and its financial institutions group.

Armour’s Steve Ryland named CEO of Catalina UK

Reinsurance firm, Catalina has brought on board Steve Ryland as its chief executive officer of its UK business as the division aims to boost its international management team. Ryland brings along more than three decades of insurance and reinsurance industry experience. Prior to his role, he worked at Armour where he was part of the management team, he has also served as an executive director of PRO Insurance Solutions Limited.

Ryland’s current role will include overseeing the firm’s UK operations in terms of strategy and driving operational efficiencies. Commenting upon Ryland’s appointment, Chris Fagan, CEO of Catalina Holdings said: “We’re delighted to welcome Steve to the business. He is an industry heavyweight that we have long admired and he brings with him a wealth of experience that will be invaluable as we continue to execute on our strategy.”

Origami bolsters leadership team with new COO

Energy technology firm, Origami has appointed Peter Simmonds as its new chief operating officer. He has previously served advertising management company Marin Software where he oversaw the delivery of Marin’s B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms. He also worked at Betfair and looked after software delivery.




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