Daimler appoints Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm as finance chief
German multinational automotive corporation Daimler has announced the appointment of Harald Wilhelm as the chief financial officer. He will take over the CFO role on 1 April 2019, replacing Bodo Uebber. In his new role, Wilhelm will be responsible for the company’s finance and controlling unit, post the annual shareholders’ meeting on May 22, 2019. Prior to his appointment at Daimler, Wilhelm was working at Airbus as the chief financial officer.
Frankie & Benny’s owner Restaurant Group CEO steps down
Restaurant Group has announced the resignation of chief executive Andrew McCue. The company stated that McCue is stepping down from his role due to extenuating personal circumstances. He will continue to stay in the role until an appropriate replacement is found. McCue said: “While I recognise that this decision is untimely, it is the right one for me and my family.”
Stanley Gibbons CFO Cook leaving
Andrew Cook, CFO of philatelic products retailer Stanley Gibbons Group has announced his resignation, effective from end of March. He will step down from his role to pursue other interests. The retailer has, in the meanwhile, appointed chief operating officer Anthony Gee to the role of interim CFO. A formal process to find an appropriate successor is underway, which will include consideration of both internal and external candidates.
Kantar names co-CEOs
Management consultants Kantar has announced the promotion of Amy Cashman and Darren Bhattachary as co-CEOs of its Insights Division. They are set to replace Will Galgey, who moved up to take the role of chief operating officer of the Insights Division. Cashman has wide career experience from working at Infratest Burke, which was later acquired by NFO, which again was acquired by TNS, which is a part of Kantar. She was previously UK MD and has held roles like MD, Financial Services & Technology; MD of Client Services; and MD of TNS Technology. Bhattachary, on the other hand, has worked in various roles at Kantar Insights UK and Kantar Public.
Commenting on the changes, Kantar UK Country Leader Bart Michels said: “Amy and Darren, together with Mark and Craig all have proven track records in delivering growth and managing transformation. I am particularly pleased that three of these four appointments have been made through internal promotion, proving Kantar is a UK leader in providing rewarding career path and meaningful progression.”
New UK and Ireland CEO at Dentsu Aegis Network
Media group Dentsu Aegis Network has elevated the role of Euan Jarvie to chief executive officer for the UK & Ireland. The new role will see Jarvie managing the businesses internationally, reporting to chairman Nick Waters. He was most recently the president of global clients for the holding group. Before this, he has also held the role of global chief client officer here as well as at Carat.
Speaking on the promotion, Jarvie said: “I am delighted to return to a UK-centric role and am thrilled to be leading Dentsu Aegis in the UK and Ireland. The experience I have gained running clients and businesses all over the world have set me up well to lead the wonderful team here.”
CMR Surgical announces the appointment of CFO
Medical technology company CMR Surgical has announced the recruitment of Ingeborg Øie as the chief financial officer as well as the member of the Board of Directors, with effect from 25 February 2019. Prior to this appointment, Øie was the finance director of Smith & Nephew Canada. Before this, she has worked in various senior roles at companies like Goldman Sachs and Jefferies International. She currently holds the role of a non-executive director of Georgia Healthcare Group.
Commenting on the appointment, CMR Surgical CEO Martin Frost said: “We are delighted to welcome Ingeborg to the executive management team and Board where she brings a wealth of experience in the medical devices industry. Ingeborg will play an integral role in the rapid growth of CMR Surgical and the commercialisation of Versius worldwide. Together with the Board and the wider executive team, I am very much looking forward to working closely with Ingeborg in the next phase of our exciting development.”
Jersey Finance reveals new CEO
Channel Islands-based financial services provider Jersey Finance has announced the appointment of Joe Moynihan as the chief executive officer, effective 18 February 2019. He is set to replace Geoff Cook, who has stepped down after 12 years in the role. With a wide spectrum of experience in the financial services sector, Moynihan has worked in both the private and public sector including Government of Jersey and RAK International Corporate Centre in the UAE. He has also held roles including chair of the Jersey Bankers’ Association.
“Joe has considerable experience in financial services gained both here in Jersey and in markets around the world, and benefits from having had both an industry and government perspective, giving him an excellent understanding of our stakeholders and the environment Jersey’s finance industry exists in,” said Jersey Finance chairman Gunther Thumann.
Katya Maclean appointed Guardian FS chief operating officer
London-based insurance company Guardian Financial Service has promoted Kayta Maclean to the role of chief operating officer. In this new role, Maclean will work along with the executive committee including CFO Richard Everett, distribution director Andy Peters and CEO Simon Davis. She was the proposition director before taking up the COO role. Maclean has previously worked at Swiss Re’s ipitQ brand as the CMO as well as at Lloyds Banking Group.
Commenting on the change, CEO Simon Davis said: “We’ve had a fantastic six months since launch and have ambitious plans. We’re moving from ‘new venture’ to ‘serious player’ and this structure will allow us to grow and meet our ambition. Katya’s skills, experience and evidenced success in bringing Guardian’s proposition to market, meant she was best placed to take on the expanded operations role.”
Zinc Media confirms Mark Browning as CEO
UK-based multimedia company Zinc Media has appointed Mark Browning as chief executive replacing current CEO David Galan, with effect from 23 April 2019. Galan will move from his CEO role to a non-executive director position to ensure smooth transition of responsibilities, co-ordinating with the executive directors.
Chair Peter Bertram said: “We look forward to Mark joining the company and are pleased that his start date is now confirmed. Furthermore, we are delighted that David has agreed to step into a role as a non-executive director of the company and believe that his knowledge and experience in re-shaping the group over the last few years will continue to be valuable to the board and in helping to ensure a smooth transition for Mark.”
Ultimate Finance names chief executive officer
Bristol-based financial services provider Ultimate Finance has confirmed that Josh Levy will succeed Ron Robson as the chief executive officer. Robson, who stepped down to move into other responsibilities in the Tavistock Group, was the CEO since 2015. Levy, on the other hand, has been a board member of Ultimate Finance since a year. Before this, Levy was part of the Tavistock Group.
Speaking on his appointment, Levy said: It is a privilege to succeed Ron and to now drive the delivery of the Ultimate Finance strategy. The continued progress of the business is a testament to Ron’s leadership and the wider company. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with Ron and the Executive team over the last year. The strategy and priorities remain the same. I am focused on us continuing to provide good funding and supporting our customers to navigate the challenges they face.”
Gigaclear welcomes Gareth Williams as chief executive
Rural full fibre broadband provider Gigaclear has named Gareth Williams as the chief executive officer. He will replace Mike Surrey, interim chief executive officer, who will resign by the end of March to ensure a smooth handover. Williams joins Gigaclear from Interoute, where he worked for 17 years. The company also announced the recruitment of Drew Ritchie as chief operating officer and Nathan Rundle as delivery director. Ritchie has previously worked at Affinity Water as the managing director and Rundle, on the other hand, has joined from BT Openreach.
Speaking on his appointment, Williams said: “Gigaclear has established itself as a major player in digital transformation in the UK, carrying out ambitious but vital work in connecting underserved areas of the UK to high speed internet, and I’m pleased to be joining at this exciting time in its evolution.”
KraussMaffei appoints new COO to strengthen management team
German injection molding machines manufacturer KraussMaffei Group has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Ruf as the chief operating officer, with effect from 1 April 2019. In this newly created role, Ruf will be responsible for four business segments including IMM, EXT, RPM and DSS, as well as global procurement, facility management and the business excellence department. Ruf will also handle the US subsidiary KraussMaffei Corporation as well as US subsidiary KraussMaffei Corporation. He joins the firm from Continental AG, where held the role of executive vice president. Ruf has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive supplier industry.
Ergomed CFO Stuart Jackson to step down
Pharmaceutical company Ergomed has announced that CFO Stuart Jackson will leave the company in the summer this year. However, he will continue in his role until a successor is found to ensure orderly handover. He is stepping down from his role to take up a position in a listed entity as a chief financial officer. The company stated that the search for his replacement is underway and a successor will be announced soon.
Tungsten CEO Hurwitz departs
Electronic invoicing services provider Tungsten Corp has confirmed that Chief Executive Officer Richard Hurwitz has stepped down from his role with immediate effect. The company stated that Tony Bromovsky, non-executive chair has, in the meanwhile, been moved to the roe of executive chair on an interim basis. A process to find a successor for the CEO role is underway.
AB Dynamics CFO Rob Hart to step down
Testing systems group AB Dynamics has confirmed that CFO Robert Hart would be stepping down from his role. Hart will continue with his role until 31 July 2019 to ensure a smooth handover of the responsibilities. The company said that a process to recruit an appropriate successor is underway. Speaking on his exit, Hart said: “The Group has many opportunities and an exciting future ahead of it however this is the right time for me to explore new professional challenges.”