City Moves for 11 April 2018 - who's switching jobs at Aviva Investors, Immersive Labs, SAP and Clyde & Co?

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Todays City Moves cover asset management, cyber security, software and legal eagles. Take a look at these movers and shakers:

Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva,has appointed Steven Blackie as head of global product strategy. Based in London, Steven will report to Louise Kay, global head of client solutions. He will lead an expanded function, consisting of the product strategy, investment specialist and RFP teams. Steven has extensive industry experience, having been an investment consultant for 15 years and prior to that an equity fund manager. He joins Aviva Investors after spending 10 years at Mercer, where he managed portfolios for key clients and most recently held the position of UK chief investment officer.

Immersive Labs

Immersive Labs has confirmed ex-GCHQ director, Robert Hannigan, as chairman of its advisory board. This is a key appointment for Immersive Labs, given Robert’s excellent understanding of the cyber threat landscape both in the UK and globally. During his tenure as director of GCHQ, a number of key initiatives were introduced, including the formation of the National Cyber Security Centre which was part of Robert’s long-term cyber security strategy to improve the UK’s cyber defence - the first of its kind in the UK. In recent years, Robert’s focus has included efforts to fill the cyber skills gap. He has always been a staunch advocate of the Immersive Labs practical learning environment.


SAP has appointed Jens Amail as UK and Ireland managing director, effective immediately. Jens will report directly to Brian Duffy, president of EMEA North at SAP. He will lead the 1,800 strong UK & Ireland team, executing SAP’s UKI growth strategy with a focus on building customer value and success in the region. A 10-year SAP veteran, Jens brings a deep breadth of global industry experience, having held senior executive positions in the US, Germany and China.

Clyde & Co

Global law firm Clyde & Co has appointed Jane Williams as London-based partner in the firm’s pre-eminent UK professional and financial disputes (PFD) group. Jane joins from Womble Bond Dickinson where she specialises in the defence of professional negligence claims. She defends claims for a wide range of non-construction professionals and their insurers and also gives related coverage advice. Jane, who qualified as a barrister before becoming a solicitor in 2001, has over 17 years’ experience in the professional indemnity market, which includes a year on secondment at a major insurer. Before joining Womble Bond Dickinson she was a partner at Kennedys. Her work will dovetail well with the existing team.

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