The industrial oil re-refining group has appointed former Betfair director Andrew Black to the board as a non-executive director, in his first public company directorship since leaving the online gaming group he co-founded in 1998. Black, who made a reported £300m on Betfair’s float when the business entered the FTSE 250 in October 2010, owns a six per cent equity stake in Hydrodec and invested in the recent debt instrument. Black’s current directorships include Foreteller, Golfbidder and Portway Press.

Nick Atkinson has joined PwC as a partner to lead an expanded business unit to advise on capital structuring options for mid-sized and large businesses. Most recently, Atkinson led the European leveraged finance team at Royal Bank of Canada. In addition, PwC has appointed leveraged finance practitioners John Williams and David Godbee to Atkinson’s team as partners, and Nick Carmichael joins as a director.

Alliance Trust
The investment firm has appointed Ilario Di Bon, formerly head of institutional global equities at Fidelity International, as head of global equities.

BNP Paribas
The London office of BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking has made two promotions. Charlotte Conlan, who joined BNP in 2000, has been appointed as head of origination and sales for loan syndication and trading, and Andrew Shapiro, who started at BNP in 1996, has been appointed as head of loan syndications and trading and head of structured finance UK.

Mark Bomer, who has been with the accountancy group for 25 years, has been promoted from corporate finance partner to the next senior partner in the firm’s London office. He takes over from Simon Bevan, who has recently retired from the business.

The business advisory firm has appointed Howard Levene, formerly of Delphi Automotive, to lead its customs team, which has been expanded to comprise 11 customs specialists. Deloitte has also strengthened its telecoms team with a new partner, Faizul Ali, and two directors, David Green and Allan Ronn, who all join from the HP communications consulting practice.

The Russian financial group has hired a team of 11 to strengthen its expanding fixed income and strategy department. The team will be led by Ron Solberg, formerly co-founder and managing director of investment manager Armoured Wolf, who has been named managing director, head of fixed income research and strategy.