The exchange-traded funds platform of BlackRock, iShares, has promoted David Gardner to the newly created role of head of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He will be based in London and report to EMEA managing director Joe Linhares. Gardner has worked at iShares for a decade in locations across Asia and the US. He has been promoted from his role as head of sales for northern Europe.

Kevin Rutledge has been appointed as head of energy and utilities at consultancy Detica. He will be responsible for heading up SmartReach, a group of companies that aims to supply the government’s smart meter programme and will be in charge of Detica’s cyber security services. He moves over from HCL AXON and has 15 years’ experience and has previously worked at Wipro Technologies.

JP Morgan Asset Management
Mark Riggall has joined JP Morgan Asset Management on the international sales team. As head of strategic alliances, he will report to Simon Littmoden and will focus on developing the firm’s cross-border company relationships. Riggall has 25 years’ experience in financial services and moves to JP Morgan from Jupiter Asset Management.

Mills & Reeve
Richard Hanson has joined national law firm Mills & Reeve as a partner in the real estate disputes practice, so that the number of partners now stands at 93. Hanson will be moving from Eversheds in London, where he headed the firm’s London and Cambridge real estate dispute team. He is also a trustee and co-founder of the charity Blind in Business.

Investment manager Ruffer has appointed David Benson as investment director, with responsibility for absolute return for pension funds. He has worked as a fund manager at Societe Generale Asset Management, as an engagement manager for McKinsey and as business development director at Deutsche Asset Management.

Logica Business Consulting
Logica has appointed Melba Foggo as a managing partner of sustainability services and business consulting. Foggo moves over from Ernst & Young and will be in charge of providing advice to clients on business efficiency. She will report to Amanda Mesler, chief executive officer of Logica Business Consulting.