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Bank of America Corp named its first non-American board member on Wednesday, appointing Mukesh Ambani, an Indian national, as a director of the largest U.S. bank by assets. Ambani, 53, has headed Reliance Industries a petrochemical company that is India's largest private business with $44.6 billion in annual revenue, since 2002. JEFFERIES The investment banking firm appointed Peter Bacchus as joint head of European investment banking and global head of metals and mining investment banking. Separately, it also appointed Richard Allan as the European head of metals and mining investment banking. Both Bacchus and Allan joined Jefferies from Morgan Stanley . MERRILL LYNCH The company appointed Alberto Cejudo Podio as a financial advisor, based in Madrid, Spain. Podio joins from Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild where he was a senior manager responsible for Spanish U/HNWIs. SANDLER O'NEILL The company, which focuses on the financial services sector, said it hired Aaron Dorr from Jefferies to head its asset management investment banking practice. FIRST STATE INVESTMENTS INTERNATIONAL…

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WATER continues to be dumped onto overheating nuclear reactors in Japan, with engineers working tirelessly to divert power from the main grid to start water pumps needed to cool reactors and spent fuel rods. The US has offered to send nuclear experts, but is also making plans to evacuate any of its citizens that wish to leave. The prices paid at US farm and factory gates rose by 1.6% in February, the largest increase since June 2009, and double economists’ forecasts. Producers blame soaring food and energy costs, and urged the Fed to be vigilant on commodity prices. THE ORGANISATION for Economic Co-operation lowered the UK’s growth forecast for this year from 1.7% to 1.5%, but said that the Chancellor must persevere with the spending cuts, as they "will bring long-term gain". MARKETS: FEARS over the worsening nuclear crisis in Japan, escalating violence in the Middle East and the prospect of an EU bailout for Portugal, sent global markets plunging for the third day in…

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Investment banking firm, Jefferies, appointed Peter Bacchus as joint head of European investment banking and global head of metals and mining investment banking. Separately, it also appointed Richard Allan as the European head of metals and mining investment banking. Both Bacchus and Allan joined Jefferies from Morgan Stanley. Zain Group, the leading network operator in the Middle East, has announced two senior appointments as part of the ongoing restructuring and consolidation process focusing on the growth of its cash generative regional operations. This is pursuant to the sale of its African assets in 2010 and the recent retirement of several executives. BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH The firm said it appointed Bob Elfring as head of investment banking for Benelux and Northern Europe. Elfring will join the bank in July 2011 and will be based in Amsterdam. Earlier, Elfring was at Credit Suisse where he was head of Investment Banking for Northern Europe, including Benelux and Scandinavia. The wealth management unit of Merrill Lynch appointed…

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GLOBAL equities have fallen by more than $1.6tn over the past two days, but analysts believe that this may have been excessive as there is little evidence of any liquidity or solvency problems. Many economists argue that shares were long overdue a correction, and that investors took the opportunity to come out of their more risky positions as Japan’s crisis unfolded. A growing number if investors now appear to be taking advantage of the low prices, and this trend is likely to gain momentum if the nuclear-reactor risks in Japan subside. EUROPEAN ministers made a dramatic turnaround yesterday as they debated a nuclear-free Europe and agreed that the continent’s 143 nuclear power plants must be put through stress tests. EU member states have been at the forefront of a nuclear energy revival, but the fear of a nuclear disaster as seen in Japan, has called into question reliance on this form of energy provision. PORTUGAL’S sovereign debt rating was cut from A1 to A3 and…

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How to survive a job interview

It is always good to be invited to a job interview; it means your CV is doing its work and getting you noticed. Doesn't it? Rod Bailey, ExecutiveSurf's CEO, says it might not; "Often interviews are set up straight on the basis of a social media profile."  Bailey says: "I have an idea that the world is going keyword crazy. As such, interviewers will probably have found you in the first place via a keyword search and they will probably be interviewing you through keyword criteria; they might, for example, want to know if you have US GAAP experience, or knowledge of an SaaS implementation – they’ll want to tick the boxes. So you need to be quite specific and study what employers want and tailor your presentation around what you know they’re looking for. But be careful; they will Google you – you can’t make stuff up."  So, however the employer found you, you now face the daunting prospect of at least one interview.…

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Lewis Hamilton has signed with Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment, which will now look after the Formula 1 star's sponsorship and promotional deals. Stevie Spring, Future's chief executive, has been selected to become chairman of the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), from April 2012. Spring will be made deputy chair of the PPA next month. Traditionally, the deputy chair serves for one year before taking over the reins of chairman. Spring will succeed current chairman Charles Reed, group managing director of William Reed Business Media, when he finishes his two years as chairman in April next year. MTV owner Viacom has promoted MTV Network's Australia and New Zealand digital chief Tom Armstrong to the position of vice-president of digital sales for Viacom Brand Solutions International (VBSI). Starcom MediaVest has appointed Barbara Kittridge as global client managing director. Armstrong will be responsible for overseeing ad sales for the digital platforms of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc, with responsibility for all territories outside of…

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JAPAN’S government, which was facing a debt-to-GDP ratio of 200% this year, will set aside its debt concerns as it focuses on providing relief to the millions left homeless by the disaster. Credit ratings agencies Moody’s and S&P have held off reviewing the status of Japan’s debt until the fiscal consequences become clear, but both agreed that the cost of the catastrophe would add to weakening market confidence in the country’s sovereign debt. THE EARTHQUAKE and resulting tsunami is expected to be the world's most expensive natural disaster, with predictions that the repair bill will top $170 billion. Hurricane Katrina currently holds the record, having caused $123 billion worth of damage to the Gulf Coast of America and the city of New Orleans in 2005. A RECORD ¥15tn was injected into the Japanese economy by its government yesterday, and a further ¥8tn followed today to help ease liquidity. It has already committed a further ¥10tn over the next eight days. INDUSTRIAL output excluding energy in…

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JAPANESE markets fell sharply as traders sought to offload exposure to the devastating Japanese earthquake. THE BANK of Japan (BoJ) injected ¥15 trillion ($183bn) into the economy this morning to shore up the banking system. It is thought that it has invested in assets ranging from government bonds to private debt. In addition to the ¥15 trillion, the BoJ offered to buy ¥3 billion of government bonds from lenders in repurchase agreements. An emergency budget will be announced today, although monetary options are limited as interest rates are almost zero already. ANALYSTS expressed doubt in Japan’s ability to cope with the costs of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami, saying that the timing of the disaster could not have been worse. MARKETS: OVERNIGHT, the Nikkei plummeted, despite the Bank of Japan increasing its asset-buying programme. The index went as low as 7% at one stage, before settling back to just over 6%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng made a small gain of 0.2% and the Shanghai Composite was…

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U.S. President Barack Obama has chosen executives from Motorola Solutions, Adobe Systems, Symantec Corp, Cummins and Aetna to a board studying how to streamline government, the White House said on Thursday. The board, chaired by Jeffrey Zients, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, will advise Obama on how to improve the government's efficiency and effectiveness. The corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada said J.J. Ament and Hing Loi have joined its U.S. municipal finance group as directors. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, Ament, served as a director of public finance at Citigroup and Loi a senior investment banker at Citigroup. DELOITTE LLP The business advisory firm appointed Jim Zalles to its information and data practice. Zalles joins Deloitte from IBM Global Business Services, a segment of International Business Machines Corp . TRADINGSCREEN INC The multi-broker and multi-asset class execution management systems provider appointed Chuck Garcia as head of global marketing for traditional asset managers.…

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Don't call me a banker... Shamed former bank boss Sir Fred Goodwin has taken out a super-injunction banning newspapers from publishing certain details about him, it was revealed yesterday. He refuses to allow publications to call him a banker, as he is, actually an ex-banker. Medical staffing specialist Urban Recruitment Group has appointed David Laflin as head of business development.Laflin will focus on brand promotion and increasing business through service level agreement contracts. Financial staffing specialist Allemby Hunt has appointed Martin Guntrip as non-executive chairman. Guntrip is the current club secretary of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. US executive search firm Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson has appointed Lonnie Taylor as managing director in the Washington DC office. With over 20 years of experience in managing executives and recruiting talent, Taylor has successfully conducted senior leadership search assignments in a range of sectors, including general business, government affairs, public relations, academia and non-profits, and in a variety of functional areas. Rec-to-rec firm Red Ventures has appointed…

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