City Moves for 2 April 2013 | Who’s switching jobs

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Capita Employee Benefits

Albert Kuller has been appointed chief economist at the pensions and employee benefits solutions company. He was previously a senior research analyst at the Pensions Protections Fund. Kuller has also held roles at Platts, Bloomberg and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.


Yera Hagopian has been appointed global head of liquidity product in the bank’s cash management team. She joins from JP Morgan, where she was head of liquidity for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Hagopian also previously held responsibility for liquidity services at HSBC for 11 years.

Bond Street Retail Group

The newly-formed group responsible for implementing the redevelopment of Bond Street has announced two new appointments. Paul Dimond joins as interim chairman. He is deputy chairman of DAKS Simpson Group, and previously served in the Diplomatic Service between 1966 and 2005. Beverley Aspinall will become interim managing director. She is a former managing director of Fortnum and Mason.

Bird & Bird

The law firm has announced the re-election of David Kerr as chief executive and Michael Frie as chairman for a further three years. Kerr has served as chief executive for 17 years. Frie joined in 2000, when Bird & Bird merged with Stockholm firm Gedda & Ekdahl.

Simmons & Simmons

The law firm has appointed Rezah Stegeman as a finance partner. He joins from Clifford Chance, and specialises in financial services and derivatives. Stegeman was previously a supervisor at the Dutch Central Bank.


The strategic advisory firm and management consultancy has appointed Paul Cummins as an associate partner. He was previously responsible for the cash prime brokerage platform in Europe at Nomura International. Cummins has also held senior roles at Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.

Managing Partners Forum

The professional membership body has appointed Michael Strong as chairman. He is currently executive chairman for Europe, Middle East and Africa at CBRE, the real estate advisory firm. Strong replaces Sir Nigel Knowles, joint chief executive of DLA Piper.