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U.S. President Barack Obama has chosen executives from Motorola Solutions, Adobe Systems, Symantec Corp, Cummins and Aetna to a board studying how to streamline government, the White House said on Thursday.

The board, chaired by Jeffrey Zients, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, will advise Obama on how to improve the government’s efficiency and effectiveness.

The corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada said J.J. Ament and Hing Loi have joined its U.S. municipal finance group as directors. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, Ament, served as a director of public finance at Citigroup and Loi a senior investment banker at Citigroup.


The business advisory firm appointed Jim Zalles to its information and data practice. Zalles joins Deloitte from IBM Global Business Services, a segment of International Business Machines Corp .


The multi-broker and multi-asset class execution management systems provider appointed Chuck Garcia as head of global marketing for traditional asset managers.


The investment manager said it strengthened its manager selection team with the appointment of Rob Hall to the newly created role of head of manager selection.

Jane Geraghty, Naked Communications managing director, is leaving the agency after three years at the helm to join WPP-owned brand consulting and design firm, Landor Associates, in the same role.

Cameron Day, the global business development director and partner at Iris, is leaving the agency to join start-up communications agency Albert. The start-up opened its doors in December 2010, with launch clients Best Buy and HSBC.

David Jones has been named the new chief executive of French advertising group Havas, as Fernando Rodés steps aside after five years. Jones has been global chief executive of Havas Worldwide, in addition to global chief executive of Euro RSCG Worldwide, since 2006.

Leo Burnett’s luxury division, Atelier, has poached Euro RSCG’s marketing director Antonia Harrison, to become its deputy general manager. Harrison will head up Atelier’s marketing and new business efforts as part of the management team.

Stephen England-Hall, the former UK chief executive of the digital agency Razorfish, has been appointed by social media company Syncapse as its senior vice-president and managing director, EMEA.

Fallon has hired the executive creative director of Publicis Spain, Santiago Lucero, as a creative partner. Lucero becomes the second creative partner at the agency alongside Augusto Sola, who joined the agency from Mother in 2009.

Wunderman has appointed Karl Havard, the managing director of the digital brand consultancy Somatica Digital, as its new director of digital strategy. In the newly created role, Havard will focus on building digital communications around customer insight.

Publicis London, which last week replaced its chief executive, Neil Simpson, with The Red Brick Road’s Karen Buchanan, has moved to boost its planning capabilities. Matty Tong has been named head of planning as part of a reshuffle and joins from the PR agency Weber Shandwick. Publicis has also appointed WCRS&Co’s planning director, Graham Fowles, to the newly created role of director of strategy.

Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian owner of the BlackBerry mobile brand, is losing its chief marketing officer Keith Pardy. The news of his departure comes ahead of the rollout of its tablet device the Playbook, which is expected to go on sale at the end of March or April.

LoveFilm’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Ground, has left the company. His is the first major departure since the film and games rental service was bought by Amazon in January.

Sony Ericsson has promoted Steve Walker, acting head of marketing, to global head of marketing, as it expands further into the smartphone market. Walker replaces Lennard Hoornick, who left the company six months ago to “pursue new challenges”.

Metro, the free morning newspaper, has increased the responsibilities of its top marketing role, as Abigail Slater, head of marketing, leaves to take on the role of group communications manager at parent company Daily Mail & General Trust.

Burton’s Foods has made two key marketing appointments. It has appointed Wrigley’s marketer Toby Baker to the role of head of biscuits, and General Mill’s former marketing manager Emma Clacher as marketing manager for Cadbury Fingers.

Samsung has parted company with its UK and Ireland marketing director Batyr Bulat after just three months in the role. The company said Bulat had left for “personal reasons”.


Mark Lund, chief executive of the embattled Central Office of Information (COI), is leaving his post at the heart of the Government’s marketing and communication activity less than two years after his arrival.

Starcom MediaVest Group has appointed Ian James to the role of chief digital officer across the EMEA region, as Alastair Bannerman, the former managing director of Starcom in the UK, leaves the media agency. James joins Starcom from Aegis Media, where he was the global vice-president of client services.

Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) has appointed Geraud Benoit as operations director on the agency’s Procter & Gamble account. He replaces Avril Gallagher, who is leaving Starcom to head the global Vodafone account at OMD.

Ocean Outdoor, the outdoor media owner, has hired former JCDecaux client strategist Rob Hesketh to the new role of associate director. Hesketh will work across the three major out-of-home agencies, WPP-owned Kinetic, Aegis Media’s Posterscope, and Interpublic-owned IPM, and their associated media agencies.

Lord Alan Sugar, star of BBC One show ‘The Apprentice’ and former enterprise tsar, is to become non-executive chairman of YouView, the internet-connected TV joint venture, replacing full-time chair Kip Meek.

Pip Hainsworth, the marketing director at Clear Channel Outdoor, is leaving the company in May to become a director of the new media and marketing recruitment company 360 Executive Search.

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