The Instant Group
John Duckworth has been appointed managing director of The Instant Group, responsible for all sales and business operations in the UK and EMEA region. An experienced real estate executive, John joins from JLL where he was a member of the UK board and, among other responsibilities, ran its corporate services business. In his 18 years at the company John worked across the EMEA market in a number of roles, starting with the tenant representation team in Paris and ultimately becoming managing director for JLL Central & Eastern Europe, based in Warsaw.
Willis Towers Watson
Willis Towers Watson has appointed Mary O'Connor to lead the client and business development function. Mary also continues to co-lead the global financial institutions industry group. Mary will report to head of Great Britain, Nicolas Aubert, and global industries lead, Eric Speer. Reflecting the significance of clients to the success of the organisation, Mary will also have a seat on the boards of Willis Limited and Towers Watson Limited, subject to regulatory approval. Mary was also the co-lead for the global financial lines business in corporate risk and broking with Alexis Faber. Going forward, Alexis will assume sole leadership for this global business.
Morningstar Investment Management Europe
Morningstar Investment Management Europe, part of the Morningstar Investment Management group, has appointed Gavin Corr to the role of director, responsible for key client relationships for the company’s investment management business in the UK and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Gavin has over 25 years of financial services experience, managing high-profile and highly rated institutional pension funds, in addition to retail unit trusts and US-based mutual funds. Before joining Morningstar, he held several senior investment positions both as an equity fund manager with a focus on pan-European equities and as a member of various asset allocation committees. He also served as managing director, pan-European equities for BlackRock Investment Management, as senior fund manager at Aviva Investors, and chief investment director, European equities, for American Express Asset Management. Most recently, he was a non-executive director and asset allocation committee member at Broadstone Wealth Management.
Stobart Group has appointed Warwick Brady as deputy group CEO. It is intended that Warwick will join the board following the Group’s Annual General Meeting in June 2017. Warwick was chief operating officer of EasyJet until 30 September 2016 and has extensive commercial and management experience. At EasyJet, Warwick was instrumental in developing a low-cost, customer-focused operation and delivering significant value for shareholders. Warwick has extensive aviation and broad business experience at senior level and has managed high growth, low cost airlines and start-up businesses. He was CEO at Mandala Airlines in Asia and spent two years as chief operating officer of Air Deccan/Kingfisher in India. Prior to that, Warwick was deputy operations director at Ryanair from 2002 to 2005, where he held various senior executive roles including deputy CEO of Buzz, following its acquisition from KLM. Warwick is also a non-executive director of FirstGroup, a £5bn train and bus business which operates in the UK and USA.
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