Coca-Cola has been named the world’s most valuable brand for the 12th year running while Apple has seen the biggest surge in brand value, according to Interbrand’s latest annual global brand report.
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Procter & Gamble has signed up actress Liv Tyler as the new face of its flagship haircare brand Pantene.
Marks & Spencer has hired New Look’s ecommerce director Dom McBrien to be its new multichannel trading director as the high-street retailer continues its multichannel sales drive.
OLD MUTUAL ASSET MANAGERS
The UK-based global asset management business of Old Mutual Plc appointed Julian Ide as its chief executive. Prior to this, Ide worked at BBVA Asset Management.
Europe’s biggest bank hired former Citigroup executive Glenn Kennedy as head of sales for the alternatives sector in Asia Pacific.
NOMURA HOLDINGS INC
The global investment bank appointed five managing directors across industry and product groups to expand its Americas investment banking business.
Stephen Cunningham joins as head of Latin America investment banking while Carl Mayer will lead leveraged finance in the Americas. Thomas Fiato joins as operating chief for corporate finance. The firm hired Nicholas Forsa to its consumer retail/M&A group and named Douglas MacKenzie as the operating chief for the global finance JV in the Americas.
GLEACHER & COMPANY SECURITIES INC
The broker-dealer unit of Gleacher & Company Inc named Richard Baxter as a managing director and head of agency trading. Baxter joins from Cabrera Capital Markets, where he served as a managing director and head of taxable fixed income trading.
The credit management and debt collection company appointed Debbie Baird as sales manager at its Liverpool office. Baird will head the sales teams and advise new clients on the firm’s commercial and consumer services.
PRAMERICA FIXED INCOME
The firm has expanded its London team with two new hires, Tim Whyman and Caroline Ardant Bernard. Whyman joins from Nomura as a vice president and portfolio manager for emerging markets debt. Ardant Bernard, who previously worked with BNP Paribas Investment Partners, was named a principal and European leveraged finance and high yield bond product specialist.
COUTTS & CO
The UK private banking arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland hired Mary Haly as senior investment director in the tailored portfolio services team.
Haly joins from Kleinwort Benson Private Bank, where she was co-head of the London portfolio management team.
The bank, which was founded by Russia’s Gazprom , named Ekaterina Trofimova as its first deputy vice-president. Trofimova joins from Standard & Poor’s.
ROTHSCHILD WEALTH MANAGEMENT
The firm named Beat Näf to its ultra high net worth team as a senior advisor. He joins from Müller-Möhl Group.