Matrix Group
Matrix, the financial services firm, has announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer for asset management: Paul Bramley. Bramley has worked in financial services for more than 20 years, including occupying previous COO and chief financial officer roles. He is also a qualified chartered accountant and has worked at NatWest Markets, Kidder, Peabody and Merrill Lynch International.

BoA Merrill Lynch
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research has appointed Athanasios Vamvakidis to be head of European G10 forex strategy, reporting to David Wood. Vamvakidis will be responsible for leading the G10 forex marketing effort as well as covering the subject and will be based in London. He joins the company from the International Monetary Fund where has spent the last 13 years, most recently as a deputy division chief.

Management consultancy Gleeds has appointed Peter Kelland as a director in Gleeds Advisory. He will be building on 32 years’ experience in tax advice, having worked at Crosher & James. He will now be responsible for several client portfolios and for developing relationships and drumming up new business.

Former Barclays Wealth head of UK asset management David Simpson has moved over to SEI to be senior business development director. The position is newly created in order to enable the firm to react to interest from global businesses and insurance companies.
Simpson has spent 22 years in financial services, having been responsible for the management and development of retail services for Barclays Wealth in the UK and Europe.

American Century Investments
Simon Chester has joined American Century Investments as VP and senior corporate analyst. He will be responsible for providing credit analysis on European and UK issuers and will be based in the London office. Formerly, Chester has spent nine years as a senior credit analyst as Western Asset Management Company, specialising in Europe. Previously, he has worked at ABN AMRO Bank, NatWest and First National Bank of South Africa.