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Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International, has resigned from her position at the embattled publisher.

Brooks has come under increased pressure over the past two weeks after revelations about the extent of phone hacking and payments to police at the News of the World continued to escalate.

News Corporation’s Rupert and James Murdoch have agreed to face questions from MPs next week about the phone-hacking scandal.

The Murdochs will be in attendance with Rebekah Brooks, the embattled chief exeucutive of News International, on Tuesday next week.

Premier Foods, the troubled food company, has appointed the man who heads up Kraft’s European business as its new chief executive, replacing the retiring Robert Schofield.

Premier Foods, whose brands include Hovis, Oxo, and Mr Kipling, announced that Mike Clarke, president of Kraft Food Europe, will be chief executive from 1 September this year.

Directories company Yell has created the new posts of chief consumer officer and group head of brand and design, tasked with creating new digital brands, as part of a four-year strategic plan to transform itself into a predominantly digital business.

Bob Gregerson has taken the role leading Yell’s newly created consumer division and Chris Landry will become the group head of brand and design.

Martin Bowley, the former chief executive of Carlton Media Sales, has joined London-based digital creative agency Acknowledgement as a board advisor.

Bowley will work with the Acknowledgement team to push forward its mobile and social offering. He will focus on helping the agency develop its entertainment client base.

DLKW Lowe has appointed DDB London’s creative directors Dave Henderson and Richard Denney as its executive creative directors. The pair, who will work closely with joint chief executives Tom Knox and Richard Warren, replace George Prest, who resigned from his role in January.

Rufus Olins, the chief executive of Warc, has resigned with immediate effect after nearly three years at the marketing intelligence group. Olins joined Warc in January 2009 from Haymarket Media Group, where he was managing director of Haymarket Brand Media, the publisher of Campaign.

Anna Crona, the marketing director of Ikea UK & Ireland, is leaving after 25 years at the furniture retailer. The retailer plans to replace Crona, but in the interim the role will be covered by Martin Hansson, Ikea UK’s retail manager.

LCH.CLEARNET GROUP

The independent clearing house group has appointed Tom Zschach as group chief information officer. Previously, he was with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was managing director and co-head of global rates and currencies technology infrastructure.

RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

T he corporate and investment banking arm of RBC appointed Judith Fishlow Minter as co-head of the U.S. Loan Capital Markets Investment Banking group . Prior to this, Minter was a managing partner at North Sea Partners.

SNR Denton

The legal services provider appointed Robert Bostrom as partner and co-head of its global financial institutions and funds sector. Bostrom is an executive vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Freddie Mac.

MARSH RISK CONSULTING

The insurance broker and risk adviser, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Cos , appointed Ryan Barber as head of industry specialization within its U.S. property practice.

PRAESIDIAN CAPITAL

The mezzanine capital provider said it appointed Mark Samson as operating partner. Samson joins from Getzler Henrich & Co.

BARCLAYS WEALTH

The wealth management unit of Barclays Plc appointed Christian Berchem as managing director, head of high net worth for UK & Ireland Private Bank. Berchem joins Barclays Wealth from JP Morgan.

RENAISSANCE CAPITAL

The emerging markets investment bank appointed Jonathan Segal in London as managing director, global head of debt capital markets. Segal joins from Barclays Capital. It also appointed James Etherington as director, head of UK equity capital markets. Etherington joins from RBS.

KINETIC PARTNERS

The tax and audit services provider appointed Pierre Bourlatchka as director. Bourlatchka, who was previously with F&C Asset Management, will join Kinetic Partners’ risk management consulting and monitoring team in London.

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