Tracey’s appointment follows Ernst & Young’s resignation as auditor of the group and comes a month before legal proceedings are due to start in the US, where a former Wembley chairman and another executive are facing bribery charges relating to Wembley’s Lincoln Park casino facility in Rhode Island.
Wembley said it remained “firmly of the view that the allegations are without foundation”.
Giles Kerr, until recently group finance director of Amersham, has been appointed as Oxford University director of finance. Kerr left Amersham after 13 years, following the negotiation of its sale to GE for £5.6bn in April 2004.
EMI Music has promoted Chris Kennedy, formerly chief financial officer of EMI Music UK & Ireland, to vice president and chief financial officer of EMI Music Continental Europe. Justin Morris, the CFO of EMI’s Capitol Records in Los Angeles, will replace him. Kennedy, appointed FD of EMI Records UK in 1998 and then to CEO in 2002, will oversee the finance operations of EMI’s 21 companies in Continental Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Morris, who originally joined as financial controller of EMI International in London in 1990, will be responsible for the finance, IT and shared services functions.
Scottish Power group finance director David Nish has been named the group’s new infrastructure director. The search for Nish’s replacement has begun and Scottish Power is looking at both internal and external candidates.
BT Group has promoted group finance director Ian Livingston to chief executive of BT Retail, following the resignation of Pierre Danon. Livingston is a former finance director of Dixons. Hanif Lalani, currently chief financial officer of BT Wholesale, will take over the position of group FD.
David Howell, the chief financial officer of lastminute.com, has announced he will leave the group. Howell, formerly group finance director of First Choice, joined the company in July 2001. The group has initiated a search with external consultants to find a replacement.
Chocolatiers Thorntons has appointed interim finance director John Wall as FD on a full-time basis. Prior to joining the company in October 2004, Wall was a serial interim FD and group FD of jeans manufacturer Lee Cooper.
Heywood Williams, suppliers of windows and doors, has promoted Richard Whiting to group finance director. Whiting will now be responsible for corporate planning, investor relations and IT. Prior to joining Heywood Williams, Whiting was managing director for Brand Rex, a light engineering company for the construction and building products market.
Dacre Son & Hartleys, the Yorkshire-based chartered surveyors, has promoted its financial controller John Skinner to financial director. As well as financial control, Skinner will be involved in personnel issues, technology integration and management of vehicle fleet.
David Dutton, group financial controller of Findel, the Yorkshire home shopping enterprise, has been appointed group finance director. Dutton, an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, joined the group in 1980.
Mobile phone company 02 has promoted its chief financial officer Matthew Key to chief executive officer, following the resignation of its chief executive officer Dave McGlade. Key, formerly operations finance director at Vodafone, is also chairman of O2’s Tesco Mobile joint venture.
Paul McIlwaine has joined Camaxys, the risk management software company, as finance director. Formerly with PwC for 10 years, McIlwaine led change management projects for Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Health and wellbeing company FirstAssist has appointed Swag Mukerji as its group FD. Joining from medical devices company Biocompatibles International, Mukerji previously held the position of FD at Homepride Foods and general manager of KP McVities.
FTSE-250 financial services firm Singer & Friedlander has named Warwick Jones as finance director and COO. Jones was the former FD of Leopold Joseph Holdings until its acquisition by Bank of Butterfield. He has also held senior financial roles at Bradford & Bingley and Lloyds TSB. Jones succeeds Tony Shearer, the firm’s newly appointed CEO.
Jeff Carr has joined easyJet as its new financial director, to replace Chris Walton who has resigned from the company. Carr, formerly finance director for Associated British Food, the food retail group, has held senior financial positions within Grand Metropolitan and Reckitt Benckiser.
Coliseum, the owner and operator of The Sports Cafe, has appointed Paul Wright as finance director to replace Rodger Sargent, who is leaving to pursue other business interests. Wright, formerly finance director at Vocalis, the telecommunications company, joined Coliseum in September 2004, working with Sargent to ensure a smooth transition.
Woolworths has lost its finance director Christopher Rogers to leisure group Whitbread. Rogers will replace David Richardson who is retiring in May. He will take over responsibility for Whitbread brands, including the Costa Coffee chain, Travel Inn hotels, David Lloyd and Leisure fitness clubs. Previous positions held by Rogers include finance controller at Kingfisher and finance director of Comet.
Publisher IPC Media has appointed its deputy finance director Sylvia Evans as finance director, replacing Bill Aley who is retiring.