Cheryl Cole is understood to have been axed from the US version of ‘The X Factor’, clearing a path for the programme’s presenter and Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger to take her place. It’s probably a publicity stunt though.
Steve Gatfield, the former Lowe Worldwide chief executive, is joining Naked Communications as its global co-chairman.
Based in New York, Gatfield will work alongside Naked founder Jon Wilkins, who also becomes co-chairman across Naked’s network of 14 agencies.
Omnicom Media Group has promoted Ella d’Amato to the role of managing director of its Drum division.
Her appointment follows Mark Eaves’ departure to launch the start-up Gravity Road with Mark Boyd, the head of content at Bartle Bogle Hegarty.
The retail mutual funds arm of Germany’s Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) appointed Michael Woods as regional head of DWS Investments U.S., in addition to his current role as U.S. head of distribution. Woods joined DWS in August 2009.
The asset management arm of British insurer Aviva appointed Chris Blair as managing director of institutional sales. Blair, who joins from Aon Hewitt, will be based in Aviva Investors’ Chicago office.
The credit and debit card processing network appointed John Sulca as interim controller and principal accounting officer of the company, following the resignation of Melissa Ballenger on Monday.
Swiss wealth manager Julius Baer has hired Macquarie’s Asia strategist Mark Matthews as its new head of investment research based in Singapore, two sources familiar with the move said. [ID:nL3E7GP0M0]
BLUE WOLF CAPITAL PARTNERS LLC
The New York-based private equity firm said it appointed Charles Miller as a partner. Miller, who would also serve as its chief compliance officer, will be based in New York.
J.P. MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT
The asset management unit of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co appointed Paul Sweeting as European head of the Strategic Investment Advisory Group (SIAG) at the firm’s London office.
The provider of audit, tax, and advisory services appointed Rees Aronson as head of financial services audit in the UK.
TRAVELEX HOLDINGS LTD
The provider of foreign exchange and international payment services said it appointed Michael Ball as chief financial officer, effective September.
The global professional recruiter appointed Steve Leeson, Joe Davies and Hakan Enver to its financial services division.
Leeson joined as operations director of new business and Enver as operations director of permanent business at the financial services division. Davies joined as an associate director at permanent business.
The accounting and professional services firm said it appointed Tom Taylor as risk director.