Today's City Moves cover office centres, investment and IT. Take a look at these movers and shakers:
Flexible office provider, Citibase, which manages 36 fully serviced business centres in the UK on behalf of building owners, has appointed Emily Sharman in the new role of client services consultant, to spearhead the growth of its network of flexible office hubs. Emily will liaise closely with building owners, from those who have just an empty floor, to those with an entire vacant building. By taking on the management of these properties, Citibase can help turn them into vibrant flexible office centres packed with the SMEs of the new economy, and generate cash for their owners as a result. Previously, Emily was regional sales consultant at Citibase. Her appointment to the team will help Citibase to support new building owner Clients and meet our ambitious expansion plans to open many more centres up and down the country.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset management group, has appointed Lorenzo Garcia as head of EMEA client investment solutions. Lorenzo is based in London, reporting to Jeff Knight, global head of investment solutions and Mark Burgess, deputy global chief investment officer. At Columbia Threadneedle Lorenzo will be working with the global investment team to deliver investment solutions to clients in EMEA. Lorenzo brings 17 years’ investment experience, including a 12-year career with BlackRock Investment Managers where his most recent role was head of EMEA institutional and retail portfolio management, ETF and Index Investments, overseeing in excess of £370bn within 170 portfolios. Prior to that, Lorenzo was head of BlackRock’s EMEA and APAC multi-asset risk and quantitative analysis team.
The board of Softcat, a leading UK provider of IT infrastructure products and services, has announced that Graeme Watt is to join the board as chief executive with effect from 1 April 2018. With more than 25 years of experience in the IT distribution industry, Graeme is currently senior vice president EMEA, advanced and specialist solutions, Tech Data Corporation, a position he has held since March 2017. He was promoted to that role when Avnet’s technology solutions business was acquired by Tech Data in early 2017. Prior to that, he was president for Avnet Technology Solutions, EMEA for almost seven years and a member of Avnet's global executive committee. He previously spent six years at Bell Micro (as president of global distribution) and his earlier career included roles at Tech Data (president EMEA) and Computer 2000 (managing director UK & Ireland). Graeme Watt is also a qualified accountant.
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