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Guy Edwards appointed CEO of Aggregate Industries UK

UK-based building material company Aggregate Industries has confirmed that Guy Edwards will lead UK operations as chief executive officer with effect from January 2019. He is set to replace François Petry, who moved to Lafarge France to become the country CEO and market head for France and Belgium. With over 30 years of industry experience, Edwards has worked with Aggregate Industries in numerous senior roles. He was previously the CEO of US Aggregate Construction Materials.

“I am excited to be coming home to Aggregate Industries UK as the country CEO,” said Edwards in a statement. “Over the last five years, I’ve been part of LafargeHolcim’s growth in the US market. I understand the business, the opportunities, and the challenges, and I know that we have here all that is needed to continue on the same successful path. I thank Francois for his leadership in the last three years, and I’m committed to continuing the work that further improves our results and keeps Aggregate Industries as one of the most respected companies in the construction industry,” said Edwards.

Lindsay Dixon made CFO of STV

Glasgow-based television channel STV has announced the appointment of Lindsay Dixon as chief financial officer. She is replacing exiting CFO George Watt. She has previously worked in senior management and finance roles at Johnston Press, The Weir Group and William Grant & Sons, including Deloitte where she was senior audit manager.

STV CEO Simon Pitts said: “Lindsay was the stand-out candidate in an extremely strong field and I am delighted she is joining STV at such an exciting time in the delivery of our strategic growth plan. She brings extensive plc experience from a diverse range of sectors, including commercial media, and I am very much looking forward to working with her.”

Rolet Joins CQS as CEO

Global  asset management firm CQS has hired Xavier Rolet as the chief executive officer replacing founder Sir Michael Hintze, effective 14 January 2019. Hintze will remain the senior investment officer and take over the role of group executive chairman. In his new role, Rolet will focus on the growth of the company to ensure client satisfaction working with Hintze. Rolet has previously worked with London Stock Exchange as the CEO.

Speaking on the appointment, Hintze commented: “I am excited that Xavier is joining us and very pleased that we have been able to attract a CEO of such calibre who will help establish CQS for the long-term. He has the experience and has demonstrated he knows how to build financial services businesses. As CEO he will be responsible for managing and growing our firm. As Executive Chairman, I will continue to help shape CQS’ vision and direction.”

IWG makes interim finance chief  permanent

Luxembourg-based IWG has announced thatinterim chief financial officer Eric Hageman will start in a permanent with effect from early 2019. Hageman has been with the company since September last year as the acting CFO. He has previously worked with companies including TeleCity Group and Royal KPN NV as head of finance.

Welcoming Hageman to the group, chairman Doug Sutherland said: “Eric has performed strongly as interim CFO and will be an excellent long-term addition to the management team. We look forward to welcoming Eric onto the board and working with him to strengthen IWG’s position as the global leader in the flexible workspace revolution.”

Santander AM names LatAm boss in global leadership reshuffle

Spanish asset management firm Santander has made changes in its top executive team as well as split the business into two hubs as Europe and Latin America. The changes include Lázaro de Lázaro appointed as head of the European unit and Luis García Izquierdo named the head of the Latin American unit.

De Lázaro will be replaced by Miguel Ángel Sánchez in his previous role as Santander’s head of asset management for Spain. Izquierdo, on the other hand, was the global CFO of the company. Furthermore, Santander’s global chief investment officer Gonzalo Milans del Bosch has resigned due to personal reasons.

ITN appoints Anna Mallett as chief executive

TV production company ITN has named Anna Mallet as the new chief executive officer. She will replace long serving CEO John Hardie, who stepped down at the end of last year. She joins ITN from BBC Studios, where she was the chief operating officer and MD of production. At BBC, Mallet was responsible for the integration of BBC Worldwide and the BBC’s UK production business into BBC Studios.

Speaking upon the appointment, chair of ITN board Christy Swords said:  “Anna is a proven leader, with an extremely impressive commercial background and a fantastic pedigree in TV production. Her track record speaks for itself, and she’ll bring energy, expertise and impeccable credentials to the job. Anna will join at an exciting period in the company’s history, with ITN’s award-winning journalism stronger than ever and ITN Productions having grown substantially over the last decade. The board is confident that, under Anna’s leadership, ITN is well-positioned to deliver continued growth and further achievements over the coming years.”

Kantar names COO and Chief HR Officer

London-based data investment management company Kantar has elevated  James Brooks to chief operations officer. Joining Kantar in 2004, Brooks was recently the COO of the Insights division and has previously worked in the company as global operations director for Kantar Worldpanel. Before this, he has worked with IRI for 10 years in both a commercial and operational capacity. The company also announce the promotion of Scott Carter to the role of Chief HR Officer.

Commenting on the promotions, CEO Eric Salama said: “In Scott and James we have two superb, passionate experts who deeply understand Kantar. They both put clients at the heart of their thinking and understand the importance of building strong teams around them and helping people flourish. I am particularly pleased that we have managed to fill critical roles with the best people by promoting from within.”

Neon Underwriting appoints new CEO and managing director

UK-based insurer Neon Underwriting has announced the promotion of Theo Butt as chief executive officer, subject to approval from Lloyd’s and Prudential Regulatory Authority. Butt joined last year as the group underwriting director of the parent company Neon Holdings. Prior to this, he worked with Ascot Underwriting as the head of non-marine. Neon has also appointed Matthew Washington as the MD, replacing Ian Martin, who will continue as a non-executive director. The company also promoted Deepon Sen Gupta and Caroline Andrew to the role of group chief strategy officer and chief administration officer respectively.

Speaking on the changes, Neon CEO Martin Reith said: “The appointments announced today reflect both the achievements of the talented team within our Lloyd’s business and our determination to drive profitable growth. I congratulate Theo, Matt, Deepon and Caroline whose new roles are well deserved and I would like to thank Ian Martin for his significant role in Neon’s transformation. His efforts have been crucial to our success to date and I welcome him to the Neon Holdings board where we will continue to benefit from his wisdom and experience.”

Bango makes interim finance boss permanent

Cambridge-based mobile payments company Bango has announced that the position of interim chief financial officer Carolyn Rand has been made permanent. Joining in October last year as the interim CFO, Rand was to continue in the role until April this year or until an appropriate successor was found. The company, however, confirmed her permanency effective from start of this year. The company also announced the appointment of Nancy Cruickshank as a non-executive director, also effective from January this year.

Fastjet CFO to step down in March

Michael Muller, CFO of UK-headquartered airline Fastjet, has announced his resignation with effect from the end of March. The company said that the search for a new chief financial officer is underway, which would be followed by a handover period for orderly transition of the position.

“Michael has fulfilled the role of chief financial officer with great diligence through a challenging period and demonstrated a total commitment to the development of the company. His contribution has been considerable, and the board wish him every success in his future after fastjet,” said chairman Rashid Wally.

FastForward hires new finance director and operations chief

Guernsey-based venture capital firm FastForward Innovations has hired Lance De Jersey as finance director and chief operating officer effective immediately. He is set to replace Ian Burns, who is retiring from his role as CFO and COO but would continue as a non-executive director. De Jersey’s experience includes seven years at Swiss-based private equity firm Partners Group, business broker of small businesses, and owning and operating retail franchises.

Commenting on his appointment, Chairman Jim Mellon said: “Ian Burns had indicated a wish to step away from an executive role with the company to allow him to focus on his other projects, but I am pleased that we will still have access to his knowledge and experience as a non-executive director.”

AllSaints appoints chief operations officer

British fashion retailer AllSaints has announced the recruitment of Scorey Jobling as it chief operations officer effective immediately. She is set to replace Peter Wood, who was promoted to the role of chief executive officer in September. Jobling has experience in the fashion industry, where she worked as a buyer at Woolworths in South Africa, later becoming a buyer at Topshop and Ted Baker in London. She left the London retailer for a while, following her return to Ted Baker in 2006 as the womenswear director.

MX Oil Chief Operating Officer Nigel McKim to depart

UK headquartered natural resources investment company MX Oil has announced that Nigel McKim will resign from his role as the chief operating officer effective 13 January 2019. The group also said that McKim would take up an undisclosed new role on the company’s board. Before joining MX Oil in 2016, McKim was the COO at explorations and production company Nobel Upstream for two years.

MX CEO Stefan Oliver said: “I have very much enjoyed having Nigel as part of the team and wish him every success for the future. Going forward, our technical requirements will be more than ably covered by Wim Burgers. Also, given our focus on cost reduction, this change will enable us to trim costs further, which is important at this stage of our development.”