Traidcraft, which fights poverty through trade, has appointed Robin Roth as its new chief executive. Robin will take up the post on 1 October 2016 after he leaves his role as managing director of Germany-based Gepa, Europe’s largest fair trade company. Andy Biggs, Traidcraft’s interim chief executive, will remain with the organisation as chief operating officer, and will work alongside Robin to build on the progress that has been made in the past year.
FWD Group, the multi-disciplinary, City-based communications consultancy, has appointed Roddy Watt as director, capital markets. Roddy will lead a capital markets team to complement FWD’s existing corporate PR, research and investor content offerings following completion of its MBO in December 2015. Having spent his entire 30-year career in the City, Roddy has advised governments, stock exchanges, banks, and professional services firms. His experience encompasses numerous M&A transactions and he has been at the heart of many public flotations, private fundraisings and privatisations of state-owned entities. These have included Chesnara, Citigroup, Deutsche Boerse, Hannover Re, Lloyd’s of London, Novartis, and the Swiss government. He began his career with six years as an investment manager with Grieveson Grant, which was incorporated into Kleinwort Benson.
Brickendon Consulting has promoted Lee Pittaway to the role of executive director, with responsibility for sales strategy and client relationship management. Lee, previously Brickendon’s director of recruitment, joined the firm in 2013 and has been instrumental in the expansion of the company. He will retain responsibility for the firm’s overall recruitment strategy, including direct sourcing, brand awareness, planning, vendor management and talent acquisition.
AstraZeneca has announced the appointment of Jennie Younger as vice president global corporate affairs, effective from 18 April. Jennie joins AstraZeneca with a broad range of communications experience gained over 25 years, primarily in healthcare, financial and professional services. Most recently, Jennie was senior managing director and partner at FTI Consulting in London, where she was seconded to a global law firm to support the implementation of a new global strategy. Jennie previously held senior communications roles at Deutsche Bank as global head of communications and client marketing for investment banking, and at GlaxoSmithKline as global head of communications and community partnerships.
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