Today's City Moves cover challenger banks, legal eagles and B2B marketing. Take a look at these movers and shakers:
Oaknorth has appointed Cristina Alba Ochoa as its new chief financial officer (CFO) and a member of its board. Cristina replaces Nick Price who had been interim CFO since June last year. At GE Capital International, Cristina, who has over 20 years’ experience in senior management, led a team of experienced senior finance managers and analysts who facilitated the management of over $100bn worth of sales across multiple jurisdictions. She also oversaw the creation of GE Capital’s Centre of Excellence dedicated to cost analysis and forecasting, leading to a cost base reduction of $2bn over three years. The strong governance framework she incorporated enabled transactions to be completed at speed whilst still ensuring security – much like the debt finance transactions between Oaknorth and its borrowers. Cristina will be responsible for developing and maintaining a robust control environment across the bank’s Finance and Treasury functions, as well as leading the day-to-day financial controllership, tax compliance, Treasury, and financial planning activities. She will also lead Oaknorth’s annual and multi-year budget and financial reporting process, including providing support to chief executive Rishi Khosla.
Top 100 UK law firm Lewis Silkin LLP has promoted Alex Kelham to the firm’s partnership. Alex joined Lewis Silkin in 2013, and she was made head of the firm’s sports business group in 2014. As a commercial and intellectual property lawyer, brands and marketing is at the heart of Alex’s work. In the sports industry specifically, she advises teams, federations, events, venues, brands, athletes and agencies on a diverse range of rights issues, from sponsorship, advertising issues, trade marks and image rights to all aspects of hosting sports events. Alex is a leading global expert on ambush marketing and the specialist IP and brand protection legislation implemented for major events. She is also a non-exec director of British Swimming.
Global B2B marketing agency Metia Group has appointed Andrew Martin to the role of chief executive officer. Company founder Steve Ellis has also changed roles to become chairman of the group. As chief executive, Andrew will be responsible for continuing Metia’s business growth, both leading and supporting local business units in delivering a range of outstanding and differentiated marketing services to the company’s global clients. After first joining Metia as the director of interactive development in London, Andrew was later promoted to lead the group’s US business, relocating to Seattle. Most recently he was president of Metia in the US and chief operating officer of Metia Group.
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