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RBS confirms resignation of chief financial officer Ewen Stevenson

Royal Bank of Scotland Group has confirmed that its CFO Ewen Stevenson will step down from his position at the company by end of September. Deputy financial officer Katie Murray has been appointed as interim chief financial officer and will take over Stevenson’s responsibilities until a permanent replacement is found.

Stevenson’s departure was initially announced in May and he will be placed on gardening leave until the 30th of November, when his employment with the company will end. He will receive his salary, fixed share allowance, pension as well as benefit funding during this period.

Brewin Dolphin hires LGIM finance chief

UK-based investment management group Brewin Dolphin has appointed Siobhan Boylan as its new financial director. Boylan, who is expected to take over in early 2019, was hired after a three-month search and will be replacing Andrew Westenberger.

Prior to this, she was the chief financial officer at Legal & General Investment Management. She also has 12 years of experience at Aviva, where she had held various roles including chief financial officer of Aviva North America and Aviva Investors, and worked for PwC for 10 years.

David Nicol, chief at Brewin Dolphin said: “We are delighted that we have hired someone of Siobhan’s outstanding calibre. She has a tremendous track record at several high-profile institutions. She will bring her in-depth knowledge of the financial services industry, as well as management and technical skills, to Brewin Dolphin at a critical stage in our growth trajectory.”

Investoo group appoints James Beale as CFO

London-based financial trading group Investoo Group has announced the appointment of a new chief finance officer, James Beale. With over 20-years-of-experience, Beale previously acted as vice president of divisional finance at Worldpay Group. His experience also includes working at Debenhams and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

On his appointment, Beale commented: “I’m delighted to join the Investoo Group at such a thrilling stage in its journey, operating in a cutting-edge industry in a nimble and forward-thinking way. I couldn’t turn down the chance to join this energetic, driven and creative team, directly influencing its success and trajectory and helping to unlock the potential of the group.”

Stewart Milne Group appoints new chief operating officer

UK-based independent housebuilders Stewart Milne Group promoted group finance director Stuart MacGregor to the newly created post of chief operating officer. MacGregor has worked with Stewart Milne group since 2015. Prior to this, he has 15-years-of-experience with Heineken where he had held variety of roles in the UK and across Europe, including global business control director at Heineken’s headquarters in Amsterdam.

As the COO, MacGregor will work with Chief Executive Glenn Allison on the group’s growth plans for all its business operations. Regarding MacGregor’s appointment, Allison said: “Stuart has made a huge contribution to realising the group’s growth strategy and has played a critical role in delivering innovative funding partnerships with the UK Treasury and Homes England which have helped facilitate this success. His proven commercial skills, combined with his extensive financial knowledge and business experience, make him the obvious choice to support me in delivering our growth ambitions.”

CML appoints new finance director

CML, the Lutterworth-based logistics expert, has recruited Adrian Goodman as new finance director. Goodman brings 20-years-of-experience working with large blue chip companies, as well as smaller SME organisations. He has worked with industries from various sectors including travel, pharmaceutical, leisure, and manufacturing among others.

His work at CML will involve leading the finance, IT, and site services team at CML. Goodman will also be looking over financial controls and compliance, as well as contributing to CML’s strategic objectives.

New finance director joins Indigo Group

CIS commercial contracting company The Indigo Group has hired Liza Gratton as its finance director. Gratton has 20-years of experience in the field of accountancy and became a qualified accountant in 2005.

Speaking on Gratton’s appointment, CEO Ian Cole-Wilkins said: “Liza is vital to us delivering on this goal, her track record in the sector is excellent and her accountancy skills beyond doubt, but it is her commercial appreciation and drive that sets her apart from many of her peers.”

Financial Planner appoints new interim chief financial officer

UK-based financial planner and wealth management firm Harwood has appointed Gillian Davies as its interim chief financial officer, replacing Nick Bravery with immediate effect. Davies has over 14-years-of-experience where she held positions like finance director across listed and private businesses. Her major share of experience is as group finance director of FTSE listed 4imprint Group plc.

Peter Mann, chairman of the group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Gillian to the group and look forward to working with her. She has an excellent track record of delivering sustained growth in shareholder value and we are confident Harwood will benefit from her strong financial control and experience working with high growth companies.”

EasyHotel appoints new chief financial officer

Gary Burton is set to replace Marc Vieilledent as the chief financial officer of the hotel chain EasyHotel from 29 October 2018. Burton was finance director at Nuffield Health since 2016 and has worked with Kingfisher for nine years.

Commenting on Burton’s appointment, chief executive Guy Parsons said: “I am delighted to welcome Gary as chief financial officer. With his commercial approach and considerable international experience, Gary will make a great addition to our board.”

Cinnober appoints Peter K. Lenardos as new group CEO

Peter K. Lenardos has been promoted as the group chief executive officer by board of directors of the Sweden-based engineering consultant Cinnober. He will also serve as the acting group CFO as that position lays vacant. Lenardos was Cinnober’s group chief financial officer since June 2018 and was senior financial advisor with Cinnober since April 2018.

Before joining Cinnober, Lenardos has worked as the managing director in the Royal Bank of Canada’s London office. He has worked in both US and European finance industries where he has financial and management roles.

New COO as Avant Homes targets huge increase in housebuilding

UK-based housebuilder Avant Homes has promoted Mark Mitchell to chief operating officer. Mitchell started his journey with the firm in 2001 as a trainee quantity surveyor and became managing director at 27. He has now been put in charge of operations and is working on the firm’s goal to double output to 4,000 homes a year and £1bn turnover by 2023.

Colin Lewis, chief executive at Avant Homes, said: “We are very proud to have Mark standing alongside us as we continue to drive Avant Homes to even better and bigger things. His appointment also signifies another key stage in our continuing quest to make Avant Homes good, better and different and a force to be reckoned with in UK housebuilding.”

Stephen Pearce appointed as Derby County’s CEO

England-based Derby County Football Club has appointed Stephen Pearce as its new chief executive officer effective with immediate effect. He has worked with the club for over five years and has held various senior positions at Pride Park Stadium in recent months. Prior to joining Derby County FC, Pearce had worked with the premier league football club Chelsea.

He joined the club in 2013, as a part of their executive team and became the member of Rams’ board last year.

London Football Association appoint new CEO

Paul Bickerton replaced Lisa Pearce as the new chief executive officer at London Football Association. With over 20 years of experience in the field of sports, Birckerton has worked as qualified coach educator and tutor for a leading coaching charity. He was London regional Manager for badminton England for five years and was also associated with Sports England where he held various roles and led the overall process in 2016.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: “It’s a genuine honour and privilege to be joining the team at London FA. As someone who has played and coached football all my life, I know first-hand the power that this sport can have in transforming people’s lives for the better. Not only must we provide a great service for those currently playing football in the capital, I’m also passionate about developing the game to better meet the needs of the many unique and diverse communities that make London such an exciting place to work and live.”

CNH appoints senior ex AGCO man as new CEO

UK-based capital goods company CNH Industrial has hired senior ex AGCO employee Hubertus Muhlhauser as its new chief executive officer. He will take over Derek Neilson who had served as the interim CEO for CNH Industrial from September 17.

Muhlhauser has previously worked at Welbilt, where he was director, president, and CEO since 2015. Prior to Welbilt, he headed AGCO Corporation’s EMEA and Asia region businesses as well as its global engine division. He was also the senior vice president of Strategy and Integration at AGCO.

Speaking on his appointment, CNH Industrial’s chairman Suzanne Heywood said: “The board is delighted at the appointment of Hubertus Muhlhauser, given the wealth of international experience he will bring to the role combined with his passion for, and experience in, many of the industries in which we operate.”

Remarkable appoints two new directors

Remarkable, an accreditation and business consulting services company, has appointed Andy Davison as finance director and Alison Denton as associate director of learning and development. Andy Davison, who is an economics and accountancy graduate as well as a chartered accountant, has more than 30 years of experience. He specialises in navigating business with his experience in finance and his former role of a commercial director with a wide range of clients both within the UK and abroad. Initially he worked with Arthur Andersen, followed by EY where he was an associate partner.

Andy comments: “I am delighted to be joining Remarkable, which has a fantastic pedigree and an exciting future ahead. I look forward to working with a great team as we look to build on the unique range of services which we offer to an expanding client base”.

Air Canada exec to become new CEO of Air France-KLM

Global airline company Air France-KLM has appointed its first ever non-French chief executive, Ben Smith who will replace Jean-Marc Janaillac. Smith joins the company from Air Canada where he was the COO since 2014. He joined Air Canada is 2002 and made it to its executive management in 2007.

Taking over by 30 September 2018, Smith is expected to face rough welcome from the company’s employees as his new challenge as the CEO involves renegotiating cost cuttings in Air France labour contracts. Speaking on his appointment, he said: “I am well aware of the competitive challenges the Air France-KLM Group is currently facing and I am convinced that the airlines’ teams have all the strengths to succeed in the global airline market.”

ForrestBrown hires finance director

R&D tax credit consultancy ForrestBrown has appointed Andy Yeo as finance director to boost the company’s growth. Over the last 10 years, Yeo helped to grow service businesses in recruitment, health and the legal sector. Yeo is one of the 19 newly appointed members of staff at the firm since the beginning of 2018.

About his appointment, Yeo said: “My professional services experience is perfectly suited to ForrestBrown at an exciting point in the company’s development. Beyond financial management, my new role is ultimately about understanding the key drivers of the business and ensuring the employees are motivated to achieve them.”