28/02/11 – David Holley, who led the US expansion of Marine logistics provider Peters & May, has been named CEO for the UK-based Peters & May group of companies. Holley will have overall responsibility for Peters & May Limited, Peters & May USA Inc. and Peters & May Global Logistics Limited.
Anna Colavitti, a recent addition to the USA operations’ Itasca home office was promoted to take over the General Manager responsibilities.
In 2008, Holley came to Chicago from the UK office as Managing Director of Peters & May USA Inc. During his tenure, he helped secure contracts with boat builders including Larson Boats LLC, PBH Marine Group, Correct Craft Inc and Viking Yacht Company. He was also the driving force behind Peters & May Racing and the company’s subsequent appointment as the Official Transport Provider for key racing organizations including the UIM, H1 Unlimited, the QMSF and Powerboat P1.
“I am pleased to have earned the opportunity to take on this new global role and I look forward to using the knowledge attained from my previous roles in the USA, Spain, UAE and UK offices to continue our growth and explore new opportunities to keep the Peters & May Group as the leading niche transportation provider,” Holley said.
Colavitti has a degree in international relations and a minor in Russian and Eastern European studies, with16 years experience in the logistics sector. She previously worked at Sentek International and was general manager/operations manager at Air & Ocean Shipping Inc., which was subsequently acquired and renamed Peters & May USA Inc. She rose rapidly from Operations Director to General Manager and will also oversee the company’s Ft. Lauderdale, Florida office.
25/02/11 – Rory Mepham has recently been appointed by King Sturge as a Director in their Investment department in Warsaw. Rory initially graduated from The University of Reading with a BSc (Hons) in 2000 and then later in 2009 from Cranfield University with an MBA. Rory was also elected as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2003.
Rory has extensive experience in central Europe having spent over eight years based in Prague, working initially with King Sturge and then Sachsenfonds as Head of Acquisitions for Central & Eastern Europe. In 2006, Rory moved to Pinnacle (now trading as Point Park Properties), as a Director where he was responsible for originating, underwriting, carrying out due diligence, funding and closing a variety of transactions across central Europe. Rory implemented complex multi party transaction structures working with private sector multi-nationals, banks and financial institutions.
Other experience includes project management of multiple development projects, raising equity for forward funding and financing institutional investment acquisitions. With an active interest in rugby, golf and cricket, he also enjoys travelling and tennis. Rory will be joining a team active with investment projects throughout Poland, a proven international structure and a client focused delivery.
24/02/11 – Kate Bleasdale has resigned from the board of directors at healthcare staffing specialist Healthcare Locums.
In a statement, the firm said: “Kathleen Veronica Bleasdale has resigned from the board of directors of the company with immediate effect. This does not affect her status as an employee of the company.
“Healthmark UK has formally withdrawn its notice requisitioning a general meeting of the company, details of which were announced on 8 February 2011.
“As a result of the withdrawal of the general meeting requisition, the company is no longer required to send a circular to shareholders convening a general meeting.”
23/02/11 – Forté has promoted Rachel Greasby to the position of General Manager Forté UK.
Rachel has worked at Forté for 16 years, latterly as Marketing Director, and has played a key role in helping it grow from a company which started with 20 salesmen to its current nationwide team of around 100 salesmen in 11 regions. The company works with around 9,000 garages, workshops and franchised dealers throughout the UK.
She joined Forté after graduating with a degree in Engineering at Coventry University. Rachel also holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualification. She has designed and delivered all of the company’s marketing and overseen the implementation of innovative projects such as the Forté Technical Helpline, offering practical assistance to garages.
Rachel said: “Forté prides itself on providing the best engine treatments to the industry, helping technicians make a noticeable difference to a car’s performance and enhancing customer satisfaction. For the last 16 years I’ve taken great pride in helping Forté become and remain a major player in the industry in the UK and I’m looking forward to build on that success in my new role. The current austerity measures in the UK will no doubt continue to present challenges for businesses in all sectors but Forté is in a strong position to meet those challenges as we move forward in 2011 and beyond.”
22/02/11 – Public relations agency Ketchum Pleon has appointed Avril Lee, partner and deputy chief executive officer, to the role of CEO. In this role, Lee assumes responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the London office, one of the agency’s largest and most important global hubs. Senior partner and former London CEO David Gallagher assumes the role of chairman, Ketchum Pleon London, and continues serving as president of Ketchum Pleon Europe.
“Avril is the ideal choice to head our London operations. She is a proven leader with a clear understanding of driving results for clients, the London office and the agency as a whole,” said Ray Kotcher, senior partner and CEO, Ketchum. “In her eight years with Ketchum she’s been a tremendous asset, maintaining a keen focus on growth and helping to build on the agency’s heritage of excellence in client service and employee development.”
Lee has served as London’s deputy CEO for more than three years, working with senior leadership to develop the office’s healthcare, consumer and corporate affairs practices. In that capacity she has successfully worked with teams to meet client needs and facilitate the sharing of best practices and the development of new client offerings.
“As deputy CEO, Avril helped usher in a new period of collaboration and connectivity between practices, which was a big factor in the London office’s overall success over the past few years,” Gallagher said. “Many of our largest clients are now supported by more than one team, which is a reflection of Avril’s commitment to bringing the best services and people the agency can offer to each and every assignment.”
Gallagher continued: “Avril is respected in the industry and a deft steward of our business. We’re thrilled to have her in this new position.”
21/02/11 – Speedy Hire head Steve Corcoran has been appointed as vice chairman of the CBI North West.
CBI North West Regional Director Damian Waters confirmed the appointment of Steve Corcoran as Vice Chairman at a Regional Council meeting this week.
Mr Corcoran, a well known business figure across the north west, is the chief executive of Newton le Willows based plant hire group Speedy Hire.
Mr Waters said Mr Corcoran would take up the role of Vice Chairman for 12 months, before taking over as Chairman from Alan White in February 2012.
Mr Corcoran will then serve as Chairman for two years up to 2014
Mr Waters said: “I am delighted that Steve Corcoran is joining us as vice chairman and I am sure his input will be invaluable.
“At what is a pivotal time for business and the economy, it is vital the voice of business in the north west is heard in Government and across society.
“Steve’s appointment forms a key part of CBI North West’s plans to continue our strong support for our members and help businesses to deliver a good recovery.”
Mr Corcoran was appointed chief executive of Speedy Hire in April 2005 and was previously the chief operating officer from April 2001.
18/02/11 – Syndicate Asset Management has promoted Mark Cheshire from interim to full-time group CEO with immediate effect.
In addition to Cheshire’s board position, he will continue in his role as CEO of Syndicate’s wholly owned wealth management division, Ashcourt Rowan.
Prior to joining Ashcourt Rowan in November 2009 as CEO, Cheshire was previously director of UK Private Wealth Management at Lloyds TSB.
Under Mark Cheshire’s leadership, Ashcourt Rowan has experienced significant growth during 2010, revenues for the six months to 30 September 2010 having increased 28% when compared to the previous year.
17/02/11 – Standard Life group marketing and communications director Simon Gulliford has stepped down as part of an overhaul of its marketing communications strategy.
He will be replaced by Bruce Kelsall, former managing director of UK marketing, who has been promoted to group marketing director responsible for “embedding the brand positioning across the group”.
Kelsall will be responsible for the strategic direction of the UK business, the Standard Life brand and corporate and direct to consumer communication.
Prior to joining Standard life in January 2010, Kelsall was commercial director of Barclays UK business and has worked with Experian and Santander.
Gulliford’s decision to step back from his day to day responsibilities follows the launch of the company’s new brand positioning and refreshed visual identity earlier this month.
He will take up a new role as consultant to the Standard Life Executive team.
16/02/11 – Theorem, Inc., a global creative services, media operations and analytics firm, has announced the opening of new UK offices and promotion of Business Development Manager, Marcus Harding to Director of Business Development, UK.
Theorem opened its first UK office in 2008, located in London’s Soho district, to deliver sales, business development capabilities and provide client services solutions. In over two years, the UK team has grown to a dozen multilingual account managers supporting the Microsoft Advertising account. The new offices, based at 48 Charlotte Street, Central London, also serve clients such as Channel 5, Citywire and over 20 other leading digital marketing companies.
In his new role leading the UK operations, Harding’s responsibilities include acquiring and on-boarding all new clients, successfully representing and promoting the services of the company and proactively driving revenues for the region. Prior to Theorem, Harding spent over 10 years working within the media and digital professions including time as an Agency Sales Manager at Tacoda-AOL and Account Manager for Viacom Outdoor (CBS Outdoor).
15/02/11 – Bauer Radio has promoted Ric Blaxill to the new role of Music and Content Director.
Ric will also work alongside Bauer’s Regional Managing Directors to create a joined-up UK-wide events strategy, the company says.
In addition to this music role Ric will also manage Bauer Radio’s national brands – The hits, Smash Hits and heat radio.
Dee Ford, group MD, Bauer Radio, says: “Ric’s contacts and knowledge of the industry have resulted in a number of wins, including the Bauer Radio exclusives with Kings of Leon and Rihanna.
“This personal approach has resulted in many more joined up conversations between the industry and our 42 stations, and there are a number of exciting initiatives in the pipeline. This senior appointment reflects Ric’s expertise and his extensive contacts at all levels of the music world.”
Ric says: “I am delighted to be offered this new role at an exciting time for Bauer Radio. We know how passionate our 13 million listeners feel about music, entertainment and live events!”
14/02/11 – The global co-head of the Financial Institutions Group at Nomura has quit after less than 18 months with the Japanese bank. He is the fifth high-profile FIG banker to have left the firm in the past year.
Dan McNamara, who was global co-head of the FIG business with Hubert Bastide, has resigned with immediate effect. London-based Bastide is currently acting as sole global head. McNamara joined Nomura at the end of 2009 from Citigroup, where he was co-head of investment banking for Asia-Pacific.
11/02/11 – Wincanton Racecourse has appointed Steve Parlett as its new general manager.
Mr Parlett will report to John Baker, group director of operations at the Jockey Club Racecourses, who is responsible for the performance of JCR’s seven smaller courses within its portfolio of 14 leading tracks in the UK.
JCR group managing director, Paul Fisher, said: “I’d like to congratulate Steve on his promotion and I’m looking forward to working with him in his new role. Steve completed The Jockey Club’s Academy training programme and I’m delighted we are able to promote such talent from within our business.
“Steve has a very strong commercial background and is full of energy, which we believe will inspire his team and invigorate the racecourse.”
10/02/11 – UK Wealth Management chief executive Peter Jones has resigned and been replaced by Lynn Coleman, a former chief executive of Co-operative Bank Financial Advisers.
Jones was the chief executive of the Leeds-based IFA and discretionary manager, which has over £1 billion of assets under administration, from 2001 until December. He oversaw a number of acquisitions including the purchase of Plan Investment Group and Rocheberie Consulting in April 2008.
Coleman joined UK Wealth Management subsidiary Yorkshire Investment Group Consulting as chief executive in February 2010. She became a director of Plan Investment and Rocheberie in July.Neither Jones nor Coleman were available for comment.
‘Lynn Coleman is our chief executive but we are not in a position to make any further comment,’ said UK Wealth Management marketing services manager Janet Wallbank.
09/02/11 – Marks & Spencer has hired Laura Wade-Gery, the chief executive of Tesco.com and Tesco Direct, as the executive director of multi-channel e-commerce and she will sit on its main board. Only last month, Tesco promoted Ms Wade-Gery to the job of commercial director for UK clothing, electricals and general merchandise.
Her defection to M&S is a major blow for the supermarket’s chief executive-designate, Philip Clarke.
She was due to take up her new role at Tesco next month when the restructure of the grocer’s senior team takes place and the chief executive Sir Terry Leahy hands the baton over to Mr Clarke, its head of international.
The hiring of Ms Wade-Gery is a huge signal of intent for the online ambitions of M&S under Mr Bolland, who took the helm in May after leaving Morrisons supermarkets.
Tony Shiret, an analyst at Credit Suisse, said: “I think it is a great appointment. I don’t know her personally, but to have made it to the UK Tesco board and to be well-thought of in Tesco, she is obviously the quality of person they need at M&S.”
08/0211 – Jonathan Moss has resigned as group chief executive and a director of U.K.-based life insurance consolidator Phoenix Group Holdings, and was replaced by former HSBC executive Clive Bannister effective today.
Phoenix said both its board of directors and Moss agreed “that this is the right time for there to be a change of leadership of the company…” According to Phoenix, Moss will “remain available to the group” until July 31 “to ensure an orderly hand-over.”
Bannister formerly led HSBC’s global insurance business as group managing director of insurance and asset management. HSBC’s insurance business had a pretax profit of US$2.5 billion (1.83 billion euros) in 2009, representing 18% of HSBC Holdings’ total pretax profit, according to Phoenix. He also led HSBC Global Asset Management, which had assets under management of US$426 billion in 2009.
Daniel Godfrey, a spokesman for Phoenix, said the CEO change “was planned and executed over a period of time” as Phoenix came out of a period of financial restructuring and a listing on the London Stock Exchange last year.
“The group’s journey over the past few years involved recapitalization, a simplification of the capital structure and a stock exchange listing,” Godfrey told BestWeek Europe. Guidance through that period of retrenchment required strong knowledge of the company’s history and components, he said.
08/02/11 – Rachel Fellows, corporate communications manager, has been promoted by Kellogg’s to head of corporate affairs.
Fellows takes on the role of overseeing corporate affairs for the cereal brand from regional corporate affairs director for Europe, Chris Wermann, who has departed to take join the Home Retail Group.
As a result, Fellows will now be tasked with heading up the corporate affairs team, reporting director to UK managing director Greg Peterson.
Fellows also spent nine years in the communications team at Asda, joining Kellogg’s while holding the role of head of PR.
07/02/11 – Diageo’s Irish marketing chief Oliver Looms has been tasked with leading the development of the Guinness brand globally.
Loomes takes over from Brian Duffy as Guinness’s global brand director after Duffy was promoted to category director for Diageo’s beer portfolio, including Windheok and Red Stripe.
Brand strategy across multiple territories, most of which have adopted differing approaches will be overseen by Looms.
In 2009 in the UK, Guinness amended its position to a drink that can be enjoyed with friends when out or at home, as opposed to one to be drunk alone in the pub.
In Loomes previous role as innovation and marketing director for Diageo Ireland he held responsibility for developing the company’s flagship brands, including Guinness and organising the brand’s 250th anniversary celebrations in 2009.
04/02/11 – Thinkbox has promoted marketing director Lindsey Clay to become the commercial television marketing body’s first managing director.
Clay has been Thinkbox’s marketing director for the last three and a half years, overseeing the launch of the organisation’s first two advertising campaigns.
In her new role, Clay will work alongside Thinkbox chief executive Tess Alps on the day-to-day operation of Thinkbox, which counts Channel 4, GMTV, ITV, Sky Media, Turner Media Innovations and Viacom as its shareholders. She will continue to oversee all marketing activities until a replacement director is appointed.
Discussing Clay’s appointment, Alps said: “We’re constantly looking at how we can improve the way Thinkbox operates and appointing a managing director is something that we’ve been considering for some time. Lindsey has proven to be an outstanding marketing director and is the perfect choice.”
Clay added: “I’m looking forward to this new role at Thinkbox as we take the organisation into the next stage of its evolution.”
04/02/11 – MTV Networks UK has promoted Kerry Taylor, the broadcaster’s top marketer, to the role of senior vice president and director of television.
Taylor, previously vice president, marketing, creative and publicity has been acting up into the role since May 2010, covering for Heather Jones while she was on maternity leave. Jones has since left to join independent producer North One Television.
David Lynn, executive vice president, managing director MTV Networks UK, Ireland & Australia said Taylor’s promotion reflected her work on business projects such the main channels’ move into entertainment.
MTV UK will be looking to hire a senior level marketing executive as well as a head of creative in the coming months.
03/02/11 – Solomon Associates, the performance improvement company for the global energy industry, today announced that Stephen Wright has been promoted to vice president of Europe and Middle East operations, effective April 1. He will also serve as managing director of Solomon Associates Ltd., the company’s U.K. entity. Wright succeeds Lawrence (Lawrie) Anness, who is retiring after a four-decade career that has included 21 years with Solomon Associates.
“Stephen has demonstrated during his time with us the drive, management ability and client focus that will make him an excellent leader for our efforts in Europe and the Middle East,” said Dale Emanuel, president of Solomon Associates. “Of course, we will all greatly miss Lawrie, who has been with Solomon Associates since we opened the London office. We know he will relish the chance to spend more time with his family after so much travel over the years.”
Wright joined Solomon Associates in January 2010 as senior consultant in the company’s U.K. office. Before Solomon Associates, Wright served as vice president of process consulting in Europe, the Middle East and Africa for KBC Process Technology Ltd., where his responsibilities included managing a team delivering strategy, process optimization and design projects. During Wright’s tenure, he served in a variety of senior management roles, including vice president for operational excellence and vice president for reliability, availability and maintenance.
Prior to consulting, Wright served in management roles for Exxon at its U.K. refinery at Fawley during a 15-year career. Wright is a chartered engineer and has a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Imperial College London.
02/02/11 – DTZ has appointed Catherine Vasseur as chief operating officer of its UK property management business. Her previous roles include president and general manager of CNH Capital Europe, head of the consumer credit division at GE Capital, operations director at ADT and finance director at Zenith Data Systems.
01/02/01 – Ogilvy Healthworld UK has announced the appointment of Matt de Gruchy as its new chief executive officer (CEO).
Mr de Gruchy, who has been with the company for 14 years, steps into the role with immediate effect to replace Lois Hall, who is taking up the position of global planning director, reports PM Live.
The new CEO was previously employed as the media agency’s group director of client services and managing director of public relations.
Gloria Gibbons, European president of Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, said: “Matt has a proven track record of building business and providing exceptional client service. I’m certain he will bring the same focus on quality and success to his new role.”
The appointment coincides with the promotion of public relations head Antonia Betts and medical education chief Tracey Wood to the Ogilvy Healthworld UK board.
Ogilvy Healthworld now has nearly 200 clients globally and has won more than 100 industry awards in the last three years.