Marion Dakers
Andy Bond, the chairman and former chief executive of Asda, has joined the board of the online sports and cycling retailer as a non-executive director. Bond, who is a keen cyclist, joined Asda in 1994 as a marketing manager. He held various positions including chief operating officer and marketing director before winning the top job in 2005. He holds an engineering degree from Salford University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

Ashmore Global Opportunities
The investment firm has appointed Christopher Legge and Tony Kane as non-executive independent directors. Legge, who is a Guernsey resident, qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980 and spent the majority of his career based in Guernsey with Ernst & Young. Since his retirement in 2003 he has held number of directorships in the financial sector including BH Macro, Goldman Sachs Dynamic Opportunities and Third Point Offshore Investors. Kane, who is a US resident, has 33 years of experience in the field of emerging markets investment with JP Morgan, Equitable Capital Management Corporation, Australia and New Zealand Bank, as well as working for Ashmore from 1999 to 2005.

Gartmore Fledgling Trust
The trust has appointed Robert Jeens as a non-executive director of the trust with effect from 1 September. Jeens has been a member of the board at TR European Growth Trust since 2002, and is also a non-executive director at Henderson Group, the Royal London Mutual Assurance Society and a number of private firms. He is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years' experience in the investment and financial services industry.

Credit Flex
The loan broker has appointed Pat Cunneen as an independent director with immediate effect. Cunneen was a managing director at AIB Investment Managers until his retirement in 2005, and previously worked as investment director at New Ireland Assurance Company. He is a member of the board at the Irish branch of Commerzbank Europe and at Gartmore Irish Growth Fund. He has 35 years of experience in the financial sector in both Ireland and abroad.

Towers Watson
The professional services company has hired Steve Allan as a practice leader for mergers and acquisitions in the EMEA region. Allan has over 20 years’ experience in M&A work, and has relocated from Towers Watson’s Tokyo office where he led the benefits practice and consulted on M&A activity across Asia Pacific. Before that he spend seven years in New York and London working with multinationals on due diligence and merger integration. Steve is a Fellow of both the Institute of Actuaries in the UK and the Society of Actuaries in the US, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bristol University. His move is part of Towers Watson’s overhaul of M&A operations.