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Yell Group
The company behind the Yellow Pages has appointed Tony Bates as chief financial officer, effective from 22 November. He will also take up the role of executive director from 1 November. Bates, 54, served as chief operating officer at Colt from 2002 until the end of July. Before this he was with record label EMI. He took a BSc in management sciences at Manchester University in 1977, and qualified as an accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1980.

Cornhill Capital
The energy-focused debt and equity provider has appointed Nigel Little as non-executive chairman. Little is the former president of Canaccord UK and Europe, and has over 30 years’ experience in the securities industry. He was head of sales, trading and research at Nomura and has also spent time at HSBC and Morgan Stanley. He is a freeman of the City of London and a member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

The provider of virtual queuing systems has hired a new chief executive, effective from yesterday. Tom Burnet joins Lo-Q from Serco, where he was managing director of the defence operations division. Before this, Burnet was managing director of QinetiQ’s technical consultation team. He has also served as a director at Cedalion, a Microsoft technology consultancy.

Polar Capital
The investment firm has hired three fund managers to complete its new global emerging markets team. William Calvert joins from AXA Framlington, where he was head of the emerging markets desk. Ming Kemp also joins from AXA Framlington, where she spent five years as an Asian equity specialist. Since moving to London from China in 1990, Kemp has also worked for American Express Asset Management and Sarasin Investment Management. Neil Denman also worked at AXA Framlington as a portfolio manager, and has also spent time at Hexam Capital Partners and Baring Asset Management.

Baring Asset Management
The investment firm has hired Thanasis Petronikolos as a director in the fixed income and currency team, with responsibility for the firm’s exposure to emerging market debt and currencies. Petronikolos has over 15 years of experience in emerging market investment, having spent time at RAB Capital, Avebury and Rothschild. He will report to Alan Wilde, head of fixed income and currency.