By Rob Allison Mike Short has joined Harper Recruitment from Reed Insurance Selection. Mike worked ...
By Rob Allison
Mike Short has joined Harper Recruitment from Reed Insurance Selection. Mike worked within the Financial Services industry for eight years both in a tied and broker sales environment, before moving into specialist financial services recruitment in 1998.
Mike will focus on the recruitment of Independant Financial Advisers, strengthening the team of consultants at Harper Recruitment who specialise in the IFA market.
Claudio Aguirre is to succeed Justin Dowley and Huston McCollough at the helm of Merrill Lynch's European investment banking division, following their exit from the firm. Aguirre, currently chairman of Merrill's international private client group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (MLEMEA), becomes head of investment banking for the region.
Dowley and McCollough have in the past weeks both stepped back from their responsibilities as co-heads of investment banking. Dowley is leaving the firm to pursue outside interests, while McCollough plans to take an extended sabbatical.
Aguirre's elevation is part of a broader suite of management changes taking place in Merrill's investment banking division. In New York, Sam Chapin is to succeed Dan Bayley as co-head of global investment banking. He will share responsibility for Merrill's corporate finance and M&A advisory businesses on a global basis with London-based Kevan Watts.
Bayley, who has been with Merrill for 29 years, is to step back from day-to-day responsibility for the division, becoming chairman of investment banking. He will also join the office of the chairman of Merrill Lynch & Co, whose members work across the firm's businesses.
Jacob Frenkel, governor of the Bank of Israel from 1991 to 2000, has been named president of Merrill Lynch International. Frenkel will also join the office of the chairman and will continue to be chairman of the firm's global financial institutions and sovereign advisory groups.
The UK's Association of Unit Trust and Investment Funds (Autif) has hired Richard Saunders to be its director general with effect from May 1.
Saunders spent the first 20 years of his career in the civil service, mostly at the Treasury where he managed the passage of the 1986 Building Societies Act through Parliament. He has also spent two years as head of the economic department at the British Embassy in Washington.
Saunders left the Treasury in 1995 to become director of development and communications at MAI and subsequently United News & Media. Since 1997 he has been a director of financial PR consultancy Cardew & Co.
Autif has also promoted Sheila Nicoll to deputy director general. She has been with the association for eight years and previously spent 10 years at the London Stock Exchange, where she became head of international relations.
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