City Moves for 9 October 2017 - who's switching jobs at KPMG, Natixis Global Asset Management and Syft?

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Today's City Moves cover tax, insurance and tech. Take a look at these movers and shakers:


Business advisory firm KPMG has appointed Melissa Geiger as head of international tax. In her new role as a tax partner, Geiger will lead the firm’s international tax group from KPMG’s London office. Melissa re-joins KPMG from Glaxosmithkline where she was global head of tax and responsible for setting, directing and delivering its international tax strategy. During her three years at GSK, Geiger played a key part in the multi-billion dollar Novartis transaction and integration. She also held the role of acting group treasurer and was actively involved in the technological transformation of the organisation’s global tax compliance operations. In 2008, Melissa became KPMG’s youngest female equity partner. During her time with KPMG, she led the firm’s banking M&A tax offering and was later lead partner for a number of global banking and large-corporate clients. Geiger started her career with KPMG’s Tax Business School and also held positions with Standard Chartered Bank’s tax planning and structured finance division. Geiger is part of Harvard Business School’s Women’s Leadership Forum, and she has also been a member of the CBI Tax Committee and FTSE 100 Group Tax Committee.

Natixis Global Asset Management

Natixis Global Asset Management has appointed Carlos Vilares as head of insurance for the UK & Ireland. He joins the institutional business development team. Based in the London office, Carlos will report directly to Euan MacLaren, managing director and head of UK & Ireland institutional business. Carlos joins from Pimco where he was a vice president within the financial institutions group and previously the UK institutional team. Prior to joining Pimco, he worked at Man Investments and Norton Rose. He is a chartered financial accountant charter holder and completed his MBA at London Business School in 2011. In conjunction with the broader UK institutional team, he will work closely with UK and Irish insurance firms.


Syft, the London-based flexible staffing app that has raised a total of £8.7m, recently appointed Tom Dignan as its chief technology officer. After successes at leading engineering teams at Yahoo, Earthlink and Excite@Home, Tom has proven expertise in architecting large-scale consumer Internet systems. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where he matriculated at the age of 15. Tom received his PhD in high-energy physics from Harvard University and spent time at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre as a postdoctoral scholar. Tom’s previous roles include serving as chief technology officer of consumer at since 2015 and as a vice president of research at (UK).

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