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Crest Nicholson CFO steps down

Chertsey-based house building company Crest Nicholson has announced that CFO Robert Allen has stepped down from his role. The vacant position will be filled by CEO Patrick Bergin in an interim role until a successor is found. The company also announced that it has expected a drop in profits due to weaker margins and sales.

Long-serving JD Sports CFO Small to retire from role

Sportswear retailer JD Sports has announced the retirement of CFO Brian Small from his role. Small, who joined the company in 2004, will leave JD after 15 years of service. He will be replaced by Neil Greenhalgh who is the current group finance director.

JD Chairman Peter Cowgill commented: “The Board is delighted that a planned succession has been achieved. Neil has already made a substantial contribution to JD and his promotion to the board will enable him to contribute still further.”

Hamleys drafts in new finance chief

Globally-known toymaker Hamleys has announced that Yong Shen would join the company as the chief financial officer. Shen will replace exiting CFO Alex Jablonowski who will leave Hamelys after 18 months in the role. Prior to this, Shen has served as the CFO of department store chain House of Fraser.

In an internal note, Hamleys CEO Ralph Cunningham wrote: “Alex has been an integral part of our team during his time at Hamleys and we wish him all the very best for the future. Yong Shen will be joining the business as CFO later this month and we look forward to welcoming him to the team.”

Samuel Knight International appoints new chief financial officer

UK-based recruitment and project manpower specialist Samuel Knight International has appointed Carl Moffett as the chief financial officer. In his new role, Moffett will oversee the group’s five-year growth strategy as well as its international expansion plans. Moffett has worked at various global companies in senior management roles such as finance director, head of operations, and group commercial director.

Speaking on the appointment, CEO Steve Rawlingson said: “I think I speak on behalf of everyone, when I say we are delighted to welcome Carl on board. With his extensive experience, and sharp eye to detail, I know he will certainly be a huge asset to the company as we begin our five-year growth plan and look to expand internationally. I am looking forward to seeing Carl work alongside the rest of our leadership team and witnessing how his passion and knowledge will optimise performance and shape our vision moving forward.”

Gilson Gray hires new FD

Edinburgh-based law firm Gilson Gray has hired Peter Coghlan as the new finance director. He will be responsible for leading decisions regarding the firm’s finances and work closely with the management team. With over 16 years of experience in the legal industry, Coghlan has worked in Sydney for nine years.

Commenting on the new appointment, Glen Gilson, managing partner at Gilson Gray said: “From the very outset we have been committed to cherry-picking talented people to come and join our team and this has led to people like Peter leaving other law firms in order to join us. He brings with him a wealth of experience and we’re all excited to utilise his new ideas and thinking to further develop the firm.”

Daniel Brown named CEO of Eventim UK

Germany-based CTS Eventim’s UK division has recruited Daniel Brown from AEG as the chief executive officer. He will succeed Simon Presswell and will take over from interim CEO Nick Blackburn. Brown has worked with AEG serving several management roles like director and vice president of CRM at AEG Europe and vice president of marketing and customer experience at AXS. He has also worked with creative agency OgilvyOne.

“I’m thankful to CTS Eventim’s management board for their confidence in me and I’m looking forward to playing my role in shaping the growth story of a global player in my home market. With my new colleagues, I want to help build on Eventim UK’s reputation as a reliable and innovative partner for venues, promoters and fans – one that knows how to exploit the potential presented by digitisation in the interest of our various customers,” Brown said.

Shearwater hires Paul McFadden as finance director

UK-based digital resilience solution provider Shearwater Group has recruited Paul McFadden as the new finance director. The appointment comes after the completion of the reverse takeover of cyber security company Brookcourt Solutions. McFadden is currently serving as one of the director at Oakwood Accountancy Solutions.

IQE recruits chief financial officer from ARM

British semiconductor company IQE has announced the appointment of Tim Pullen as the chief financial officer. He will join the board in early 2019 and replace interim CFO Dr Godfrey Ainsworth. Pullen is currently the chief financial officer at semiconductor company ARM. Prior to this, Pullen has worked with O2/Telefonica UK, where he held various roles including finance director. He was also a director of Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure and a non-executive director of Tesco Mobile. Before that, Pullen has also worked with Serco Group and served in various divisions of the group.

Speaking on Pullen’s appointment, CEO Dr Drew Nelson said: “Tim has built a successful career leading the finance functions of some of the UK’s leading technology and outsourcing companies. With Tim’s very relevant sector industry experience, leadership and overall vision for the finance function at IQE, he will continue to build upon the exceptional work achieved by the late Phillip Rasmussen, his predecessor.”

GVC names Rob Wood as new finance chief

Online gambling operator GVC Holdings has announced the promotion of Rob Wood to the role of chief financial officer. Wood is currently the CFO of GVC’s largest division, the Ladbrokes Coral UK retail business and will take up the new role from March 2019. He is set to replace Paul Bowtell who will step down from his role to join Alchemy Partners. Bowtell will leave the company post the announcement of GVC’s 2018 financial results around March 2019.

Raymond Brown appoint new CEO

Hampshire-based waste and recycling firm Raymond Brown Group has recruited Don Coates as the new chief executive officer. The new role will see Coates being responsible for the growth and expansion plans for the company. Coates will work along with the management team including COO Steve Clasby and CFO Wayne Roberts.

“On behalf of the Raymond Brown team, I would like to welcome Don, who we are thrilled to have on board. I very much look forward to working with him to make the most of the opportunities ahead as we continue our success into the future,” commented Clasby.

Müller completes Dairy Crest integration, appoints new CFO

UK-based dairy company Müller Milk & Ingredients has appointed Brian Watson as the new chief financial officer. Before joining Müller, Watson has worked with food service company Marmon.

Welcoming Watson in the new role, CEO Patrick Müller said: “I am delighted to welcome Brian as we enter the next phase of our development. This is a key appointment and his experience will augment an executive team who are highly motivated to make our vision a reality.”

Idox hires Rob Grubb as CFO

UK-based information management services supplier Idox has recruited Rob Grubb as the chief financial officer with effect from 1 November 2018. Before joining Idox, Grubb was part of Gresham Technologies serving as CFO and company secretary from 2009 to March 2018. Prior to this, Grubb has worked with Lucite International as the group accountant. He has served various financial roles working in the UK and New Zealand.

ConvaTec announces resignation of chief executive

UK-based international medical products and technologies group ConvaTec has announced that CEO Paul Moraviec has resigned from his role. Moraviec will be replaced by Rick Anderson who is a non-executive director at ConvaTec on an interim basis. The company has started its search for an appropriate candidate to succeed Moraviec.

Commenting on his exit, Moraviec said: “We have made significant progress during my time as chief executive officer and I am confident that ConvaTec now has the strong platform, infrastructure and leadership to enable the business to flourish.”