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HSBC may hire outgoing Royal Bank of Scotland finance head

Banking and financial services organization HSBC could potentially recruit the outgoing Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) CFO, Ewen Stevenson to replace Iain MacKay as its new chief financial officer. RBS had stated that Stevenson will step down from the role at an unspecified date to pursue other opportunities. With HSBC looking for a replacement CFO, Stevenson’s appointment to HSBC could be likely.

Hull-based broadband provider appoints new interim CFO

Broadband and telecommunications provider KCOM has announced the resignation of its CFO Jane Aikman, effective 30June 2018. The firm found a replacement in Anna Bielby, who will join the company board as the interim CFO in July.

Bielby is a qualified chartered accountant for England and Wales and has worked in a supporting role for the CFO at the company for the last four years. KCOM’s chief executive Bill Halbert said: “I am delighted to welcome Anna to the board. She has the required skills to perform the role well and will bring additional value to discussions at both a board and senior leadership level. I look forward to working more closely with her as she takes on her new role.

Co-operative Bank CEO quits

The Co-operative Bank has confirmed that its CEO, Liam Coleman has resigned from his position at the company. He will remain with the company until an appropriate replacement is found.

Finastra names Simon Paris as chief executive officer

Fintech company Finastra has brought Simon Paris on board as its new chief executive officer. Paris will be replacing Nadeem Syed as a part of a planned succession process. Prior to becoming CEO, Paris served as the deputy CEO for Finastra where he was responsible for driving all of Finastra’s go-to-market operations such as sales, marketing, and partner relations.

Syed commented on Paris’ appointment and wished him well. He said: “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved at Finastra. The breadth and depth of our solution portfolio is unparalleled in the industry and our leading edge solutions are underpinned by an immensely scalable operational platform. Simon is a dynamic leader whose vision for the future of financial services is exactly what Finastra needs and I am confident that the company will continue to flourish under his leadership.”

Advanced Medical Solutions chief financial officer to retire

Wound care specialist Advanced Medical Solutions (AMS) has revealed that its CFO Mary Tavener has tendered in her resignation and will leave the organisation by the end of the year. She will be replaced by the group’s current financial controller Eddie Johnson. AMS chairman Peter Allen thanked Tavener for her services and congratulated Johnson on the new role.

He said: “I would like to thank Mary for her 19 years of dedicated and outstanding service to AMS. In her time with the group, she has been integral to our listing on AIM, several acquisitions and this has culminated in AMS growing for 13 consecutive years. At the same time, I would also like to congratulate Eddie on his forthcoming appointment as Chief Financial Officer and we look forward to welcoming him to the board in due course.”

Simon Kemmett joins as Jimmy Choo’s CFO

Luxury footwear and accessories retailer Jimmy Choo’s announced the appointment of Simon Kemmet as its new CFO and senior vice president of business operations. Kemmet will be replacing Jonathan Sinclair, who left the company to join Canada Goose. Prior to joining Jimmy Choo’s, Kemmet served at Ralph Lauren EMEA as its chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He was also associated with major sportswear brand, Nike for 10 years.

Cloudfm promotes David May to commercial FD

Cloud management providers Cloudfm has promoted David May to the position of group commercial financial director. In his new role, May will be responsible for the continued development of Cloudfm’s commercial finance function and for all of its commercial finance activity throughout the organisation. May joined the company in 2013 and played a crucial part in developing Cloudfm’s financial and operational management processes.

Speaking about the appointment, CEO of Cloudfm Jeff Dewing, Cloudfm, said: “We are delighted to welcome David to the main board. David’s exceptional skillset, and the capability he has built within his team, is at the foundation of Cloudfm’s success in the FM industry.”


Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust appoints new COO

Mental health trust, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) made changes to its upper management with the appointment of Stuart Richardson as its new chief operating officer. Prior to joining NSFT, Richardson served as a managing director of mental health and specialist services for the Pennine Care Foundation Trust, where he also held various senior roles in the in the trust’s community services and learning disability service. Richardson commented on his appointment said: “I am really looking forward to moving back to East Anglia and beginning my new role with NSFT. I’ve been very impressed with everyone’s commitment and willingness to enhance the quality of services which NSFT provides and am excited that I’ve been given the opportunity to be involved in the improvement journey at the trust.”

British sport’s longest-standing CEO Anne Smillie announces her retirement

Scotland’s governing body for badminton, BADMINTONscotland’s CEO Anne Smillie has retired from her position after leading the organisation since 1990. Smillie joined the company as an assistant administrator and eventually went on to become the CEO. During her time at the company, Smillie was responsible for overseeing some of BADMINTONscotland’s biggest achievements and was nominated for several awards.

Speaking about her departure from the company, Smillie said: “I feel that I have achieved and delivered all I can and that a new chief executive will be well placed to lead the organisation on the next stage. I am proud of the historic journey that BADMINTONscotland has been on over the past nearly three decades under my leadership and I am delighted to retire at a time when it is in its most robust ever health.”