Today's City Moves cover chartered financial planning, language consulting and global investing. Take a look at these movers and shakers:
Real estate services company Colliers International has appointed John Knowles has as head of national capital markets in the UK with the overall aim of driving the business through focus, growth and opportunity. In a further move, André James and the PRS team will join the residential department and continue to build a competitive edge through their access to land, enviable client base, as well as international reach.
The world's largest language consultancy, The Writer, has appointed one of the UK’s most experienced chief executives and a former managing director of Sainsbury’s, Stuart Mitchell, as its first ever chairman. Stuart will take on responsibility for approving The Writer's business plan, strategy, budget and targets in the role, and will meet with company's board regularly to monitor the business against those targets. Prior to joining The Writer, Stuart was group CEO at SIG, a FTSE 250 specialist distributor of insulation and energy management, which has annual sales of more than £2.5bn and 9,000 employees worldwide. Stuart has also held the role of CEO at the £1.5bn retail chain Wilkinson and prior to this was managing director at Sainsbury’s, where he joined as a graduate trainee in 1981. Stuart is also a passionate supporter of upcoming business talent, and since 2011 has been chairman at Enactus UK, which mentors students and promotes entrepreneurialism across the globe.
Stanhope Capital, the global investment firm, has appointed Mexico’s former finance minister and renowned Mexican economist Dr Pedro Aspe to its advisory board with immediate effect. He will sit alongside other industry and finance doyens including Lord Browne, the former BP chief executive and Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP. A major public figure, Pedro will be instrumental in Stanhope Capital’s continued expansion of its client base in Latin America. Joining Stanhope Capital’s advisory board is the latest step in Pedro’s long and illustrious career which spans four decades in the areas of academia, federal government, and domestic and international private sectors. Pedro was secretary of the Treasury in Mexico between 1988 and 1994. Upon leaving government in 1994, he proceeded to found Protego, one of the first Mexican investment banks in 1996. Protego joined forces with Evercore Partners, a leading US investment bank in 2006, and the combined business successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange in the same year. Pedro held the position of co-chairman of Evercore Partners from 2006 until his retirement in February 2017
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