Sebastian Vettel, the Formula 1 world champion, is to become the first global brand ambassador for Infiniti, the Japanese luxury car manufacturer.
The commercial deal means the 23-year-old German will be the face of the campaign to raise Infiniti’s brand profile and products during events and race weekends.
Omnicom’s M2M has poached UM’s global managing partner Elyse Hoelzer to lead its international business, replacing Peter Thomson.
Hoelzer will assume many of the duties of M2M International’s managing director and founder, although her exact title has yet to be confirmed.
Guy North, a former BBC marketer, has been appointed to the new role of marketing communications director at Freeview, the free digital terrestrial TV service, replacing Sue Leach who has resigned to spend more time with her family.
Mecom, the European newspaper group, has appointed Endemol chief commercial officer Tom Toumazis to be its new chief executive.
Toumazis replaces newspaper veteran David Montgomery who quit Mecom in January, after shareholders had pushed for his exit.
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
The investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada said it appointment Jerry Wiant and Henry Michaels as co-heads of the U.S. financial institutions group. They joined RBC as managing directors in 2009 from Citigroup and have worked together since 1999 when they joined Lehman Brothers.
RAYMOND JAMES & ASSOCIATES
The company said it appointed Bill Krebs and Charles Betts as senior vice-president, investments, at the newly created Piedmont Wealth Advisors.
Russian state telecoms group Rostelecom said on Tuesday it hired three former executives of Sweden’s Tele2 to help its expansion into the mobile telecoms market.
BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has hired James Fleming as co-head of Asia equity capital markets, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday, bolstering its team in one of the world’s hottest IPO markets.
Jefferies Group Inc appointed Sean Huang as head of securities finance trading in Asia. He would be based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.
INVESTEC GROWTH & ACQUISITION FINANCE
The unit of Investec Ltd said Stephen White joined the company. White joins from Barclays.
The UK-based wealth management firm appointed Mario De Bergolis as head of operational due-diligence of its newly introduced hedge fund advisory service.
AMUNDI ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS
The French hedge fund investment firm said it promoted deputy chief executive Laurent Guillet as CEO. Guillet replaces Andrew Watson.
MIDMAR CAPITAL LLP
The asset management firm appointed Dariusz Sliwinski to its investment team.
RELIGARE CAPITAL MARKETS LTD
The investment banking and institutional securities unit of Religare Enterprises Ltd said it appointed Gautam Trivedi as managing director and head of institutional equities, India.
VTB CAPITAL PLC
The investment business of VTB Group appointed Atanas Bostandjiev as the CEO of its UK and international operations.