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Career moves including Kier Group and Metro Bank

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

Kier Group to appoint Simon Kesterton as CFO

Property, residential, construction and services firm Kier Group has appointed Simon Kersterton as its chief financial officer designate who will join the group on 26 August and will take up office as CFO from 19 September. Prior to this role, Kersterton served as group finance director of RPC Group, CFO and chief strategic officer at IAC Group and has also held other finance roles at Collins & Aikman and British Federal.

Metro Bank finance director to join digital finance firm Revolut

Metro Bank’s finance director David MacLean has stepped down from his role to pursue the role of CFO at Revolut. MacLean appointment to the new role is subject to regulatory approval.

Stanley Gibbons appoints interim finance chief Gee to role permanently

Stamp dealer and philatelic publisher Stanley Gibbons Group has appointed interim chief financial officer Anthony Gee to the role permanently. Gee was appointed in the interim role in March to succeed Andrew Cook who stepped down to follow other interests.

Commenting upon Anthony Gee’s appointment, Graham Shircore, chief executive, Stanley Gibbons Group said: “Anthony has an unrivalled depth of knowledge of the group’s finance and operational functions as a result of his time with us. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work closely with Anthony as we make further progress in making the most of the group’s huge potential and delivering on our turnaround plans.”

Renshaw appoints industry veteran Steve Moon as CEO

Cake decoration supplier, Renshaw has taken on board Steven Moon as its chief executive officer. He will replace managing director Simon Mortimer and will oversee the company’s Rainbow Dust colours brand. He has previously worked at Chaucer as chief commercial officer. Moon has been with bakeries since 1991 and began his career with Arkady Craigmillar, AB Mauri, British Sugar and Germaine Seed Technology.

Hanley Economic appoints financial director

Mortgage and finance service provider Hanley Economic Building Society promoted Larne Payne as its new financial director. Payne joined the company in 2012 as financial controller and has been with the organisation for over seven years. Her new role includes looking after financial and regulatory reporting, budgeting and cash planning. Commenting on her appointment, Larne Payne said: “I’m looking forward to being part of driving change and development within the executive committee and I’m proud to be part of this great team.”

Comptoir Group finance head Mark Carrick To resign In October

Levantine cuisine specialists, Comptoir Group’s chief financial officer Mark Carrick has decided to step down. He will remain in his role until the end of October. The search for a successor has already begun.

Wendy Wu group chief executive Joe Karbo departs

Tour specialist, Wendy Wu’s chief executive Joe Karbo has stepped down from his role. He joined the company in 2016 as chief executive and worked as acting managing director for the UK. Wendy Wu, founder and chairwoman of Wendy Wu Tours said: “As the company’s chief executive role has been restructured, it was agreed by mutual decision that Joe would leave the business. We thank Joe for all his hard work, dedication and the innovations he has brought to the business.”

XLMedia names Rakuten marketing chief Stuart Simms as next CEO

Performance marketing company XLMedia has brought on board Stuart Simms as its chief executive officer who will take up office on 2 October 2019. He will succeed Ory Weihs, who remains on the board after 15 years of service as CEO. Prior to this role, Simms served Rakuten Marketing for four years since 2015, leaving there as CEO. Simms has also worked at Fits Me as COO before it was acquired by Rakuten.

BTA appoints Clive Wratten as new CEO

The Business Travel Association (BTA) has recruited Clive Wratten as its new CEO. Wratten brings a wealth of over 20 years of experience in the aviation and business travel sector succeeding Adrian Parkes who is stepping down. Wratten has served as chief executive officer of Amber Road and has worked with Etihad Airways, Qantas, Gulf Air and British Airways.

Suzanne Horner, chair of the BTA, said: “I’ve known Clive for many years and his commitment to the BTA as a member of the executive committee makes him the ideal person for the job. Whilst we are sad to see Adrian go, we are certain Clive will execute the association’s vision superbly and pick up where Adrian’s great work left off.”

Lily Chen joins BF&M Limited as group CFO

Insurance company BF&M has brought on board Lily Chen as its group chief financial officer. Prior to this role, Chen served as divisional chief financial officer and chief administrative officer pf Berkshire Hathaway group. She led the finance, reinsurance administration and client audit functions of the reinsurance businesses. She has also worked at Aviva, ING Insurance and Marsh. She brings a wealth of over 20 years of finance, strategic and operational leadership experience to BF&M limited.

BevCanna Enterprises hires new CFO

Food and beverage consultant BevCanna Enterprises has appointed Michael Darby as its new chief financial officer. He will succeed John Campbell who will remain in his role as chief strategy officer. Darby has more than 25 years of financial management experience and has recently served at Naruto Group Investments. He also served as CFO at Skidmore Group Holdings.

Commenting upon Darby’s appointment, Marcello Leone, chief executive officer, BevCanna Enterprises said: “We’re pleased that Michael has joined the BevCanna team. Michael’s extensive financial management expertise will be an invaluable asset to our team, especially in this period of strategic expansion. His stewardship capabilities across a range of industries, and particularly in the capital markets arena, will be critical as we move forward with our long-term plans.”



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