International law firm Ashurst has appointed Jan Gooze-Zijl as chief financial and operations officer and he will join the firm in February 2017. Jan joins from multichannel broadcaster UKTV where he is chief financial and operations officer, responsible for all financial decision-making and all technical and operational aspects of the organisation. Prior to UKTV, Jan held various commercial financial roles at Virgin Media Group and he has also held high profile positions at Telefonica O2 Europe, Accenture, Telewest Communications and Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine. Jan will also be a member of Ashurst’s board.
Benchmark, the aquaculture biotechnology and food chain sustainability business, has appointed Kevin Quinn as a non-executive director. Kevin has over 30 years of financial experience in international business and the biosciences industry, including with FTSE 100 companies. Kevin has for the past 11 years been chief financial officer at Berendsen, the FTSE 250 European textile service business. Previously, Kevin held senior finance positions within biosciences group Amersham and before that was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Prague). Kevin will chair the audit committee and sit on the remuneration committee.
Europcar Group’s supervisory board has appointed Caroline Parot as chief executive officer. She succeeds Philippe Germond, with a mandate to accelerate the implementation of the group’s strategy of becoming a leader in global mobility solutions. Caroline, who joined Europcar in 2011, has been a member of the management board since it was established in March 2015 and was most recently named deputy CEO. Since joining the company, Caroline has played a critical role in the transformation of Europcar. Previously, she held senior finance positions within the Technicolor Group (formerly Thomson) as group controller and technology segment chief financial officer. She started her career as senior manager audit at Arthur Andersen.
Consort Medical has announced that Paul Hayes, group finance director of The Vitec Group, will succeed Richard Cotton as the firm's group chief financial officer. He will join the company as CFO and an executive director on the board on 1 May 2017. Paul is an experienced finance director in multi-national high technology manufacturing, consumer goods and retail businesses. Paul has gained considerable experience during his five-year tenure at The Vitec Group where he has built on his strong track record in operational management, delivering profitable growth and leading commercial, well-controlled finance functions.
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