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Apple’s vice president of worldwide marketing communications Allison Johnson is leaving the company, according to a report at All Things Digital.

Johnson has been at Apple since 2005. Prior to joining Johnson was senior vice president, global brand and communications at Hewlett-Packard. She has also held senior marcoms roles at Netscape and IBM.

GyroHSR has appointed Kevin Allen to the new role of international planning director, following a series of global wins for the agency, including FedEx and Heathrow Express.

Richard Pinder, the chief operating officer of Publicis Worldwide, has left the advertising network after five years in the role. His departure without a job to go to makes room for the appointment of Jean-Yves Naouri as the executive chairman of Publicis Worldwide.

Saatchi & Saatchi has hired Laurence Quinn and Mark Norcutt as creative directors on its Toyota account. They join Saatchis from JWT.

Tim Allnutt, the managing partner of MCHI, is leaving the full-service media and creative agency to launch a business outside of the advertising industry.

Proximity London has made a raft of new hires to strengthen its strategic capabilities after a series of new business wins. The direct and digital agency has hire four planners – Phil Lewis, Vaughn Hartman, Melani Parsons and Thomas Bunnell. In addition, the agency has appointed Andy Morris as technical director.

Mars Food UK managing director Rob Hughes is to leave the business after 10 years, prompting a reshuffle of senior management. Hughes will be replaced by Emma Evison, who was previously UK food finance director. Evison’s role will be taken by Kerry Foods sales and marketing executive Tristan Butt.

Virgin Group’s top marketer, Catherine Salway, is to leave the business, prompting a search for a new head of brand. Salway will depart at the end of April to start her own marketing business.

Microsoft is on the hunt for a new global marketing chief after Mich Mathews, who oversees a budget of more than $1bn, announced she will retire after the summer. Mathews has been with the company for 22 years.

Thinkbox, the commercial marketing body, has appointed OPera research director Neil Mortensen to the position of research and planning director, replacing David Brennan. Mortensen will join Thinkbox in July.

M4C, the Group M agency dedicated to the planning and buying of the Government’s paid-for communications, has promoted Peter Kemp to the role of managing director. The move follows Government reassurances that the future of M4C is secure.

Interpublic’s media division Mediabrands has restructured its global operations into three “clusters” and handed more regional responsibility to Jim Hytner, EMEA president of UM.

Hearst has promoted Simon Horne, currently chief financial officer and general manager of NatMag, to the newly-created role of CFO, general manager and senior vice-president, at Hearst Magazines International.

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP

The insurer named Peter Hancock as head of its property and casualty division, Chartis. The previous CEO of Chartis, Kristian Moor, will now become the vice chairman of the division, reporting to Hancock.

Hancock was an executive at JP Morgan Chase & Co . Hancock set up his own boutique investment bank last decade with partners who included Nobel Prize winner Robert Merton.

ING

The financial institution made a series of promotions and hires in its Financial Markets Research department. The company appointed Simon Quijano-Evans as Head of Research and Chief Economist for Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mateusz Szczurek becomes Chief Economist, Agata Urbanska has been promoted to Deputy Head of Research, EMEA, and Egor Federov joins the Moscow office as Senior Credit Analyst for Russia.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY

David Sokol, the man widely seen as the leading successor to Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway, has resigned after buying shares in chemical company Lubrizol Corp before pushing Buffett to acquire it.

The company said its private bank hired five bankers who left Wilmington Trust Corp .

Barbara McCollum and Robert Rosenberg are each joining Citi Private Bank as managing director and private banker. McCollum had been with Wilmington Trust for more than 30 years and Rosenberg was at Wilmington Trust for 13 years. Jennifer Phillips, with Wilmington Trust since 2006, joins as a banker associate.

Timothy Carroll joins Citi Private Bank as a director and wealth planner. Paul Gordon will be a director and investment counselor.

BNY MELLON WEALTH MANAGEMENT

The unit of Bank of New York Mellon appointed James Barnyak as president of its Northwest region. Based in Seattle, Barnyak will lead a team of 25. Most recently, Barnyak worked as a partner with Freestone Capital Management in Seattle.

RBC DEXIA INVESTOR SERVICES

The company appointed Mauro Dognini as managing director for Italy, subject to regulatory approval. He will also chair RBC Dexia’s Italian management committee and oversee local regulatory relationships. Dognini joins RBC Dexia from BNP Paribas Securities Services, a wholly owned unit of BNP Paribas Group.

ROTHSCHILD

The independent financial advisory firm has hired Riccardo Petrachi to the newly created position of head of ultra high net worth clients, responsible for those with assets above 25 million Swiss francs ($27.12 million). Previously, Petrachi was co-head of UBS’ international division for the ultra wealthy since the past two years.

BLACKROCK

The asset manager said Edwin Conway will join as managing director and head of U.S. and Canada institutional business within the global client group. (Compiled by Aditi Sharma and Shravya Jain in Bangalore).

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