Hamleys sold to French toy company.
Groupe Ludendo buy Britain’s most famous toy brand, including flagship Regent Street store, for sum in region of £60m
Irish Daily Star editor suspended over Kate topless photos.
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Top authors denounce new bounty on Rushdie.
Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has appointed Mark Pearson as its UK marketing director for healthcare and personal care, replacing Refik Oner.
Steve Gatfield, the co-chairman of Naked Communications, has stepped down from his role at the agency.
Hibu promotes Broderick to global chief marketer role.
GMG Radio group commercial director Jonathan Gillespie has become the latest departure from the radio network, following its purchase by Global Radio.
Laurence Bresh, director of marketing at tourism body VisitBritain, is stepping down after three years in the role, to join STA Travel.
WILLIAM BLAIR & CO LLC
The investment banking and asset management firm appointed Ryan DeVore to the new position of director of Private Client Advisors. DeVore previously worked at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
The company appointed Tom Wood as head of Professional Services. Wood joined Barclays in 2007 from Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC.
MIZUHO INTERNATIONAL PLC
The London-based securities and investment banking arm of Mizuho Financial Group Inc appointed Michiel de Jong as its president and CEO. Jong had worked with ABN AMRO and various private equity firms.
WELLS FARGO INSURANCE
The world’s fifth largest insurance broker, a part of Wells Fargo & Co, named Howard McClure regional managing director for its U.S. Southwest operations, which includes Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.
MCB FINANCE GROUP PLC
The company, which offers loans to customers in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, appointed Paul Aylieff as its chief financial officer. Aylieff has worked for Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Bank of America Corp and Merrill Lynch & Co.
CARLYLE GROUP LP
The private equity firm named Robert Mancini as co-head of its infrastructure fund. Mancini is currently a managing director at Goldman Sachs Group.
NORTHERN TRUST CORP
The asset management firm appointed George Hindmarsh as head of its Asia Pacific business development. Hindmarsh joins from Citi Transaction Services.
ORCHARD STREET INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT
The property investment firm appointed Matthew Littler and Andrew Thomas as asset managers.
HIGHLAND CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP
The Dallas-based investment management firm appointed Jess Larsen as managing director, business development for Europe and the Middle East. Larsen previously worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
PREMIER ASSET MANAGEMENT
The company appointed Simon Wilson as marketing director, effective Oct. 1. Wilson previously worked as the sales and marketing director at Old Mutual Asset Managers.
THOMAS MILLER INVESTMENT
The asset management arm of Thomas Miller Group of Cos said it appointed Tom Richards as head of private investment management. Richards was previously a senior investment manager for Maitland’s investment services business.
ARBUTHNOT LATHAM & CO LTD
The private bank appointed Kieran McDonnell as its new senior chartered financial planner, effective immediately. Kieran previously worked at Coutts & Co, the wealth division of Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was senior financial planning specialist.