Sciens Management Holdings
The provider of fund of funds and managed account services has hired two senior executives to its London team. Stavros Siokos (pictured) has joined as president and Michael Hart joins as senior marketing director. Siokos was formerly head of investment management at Piraeus Bank in Greece and an MD in the equities division at Citigroup. Hart previously worked at bfinance, where he developed the institutional pension fund business in the UK and Ireland.

The financial services firm has expanded its New York-based fixed income group by hiring William Freihofner, Jeffrey Gould, Kevin McDonald, Mayank Patel and William Tillinghast. The five new hires will specialise in convertible trading and high yield sales.

Herbert Smith
The law firm has strengthened its debt capital markets service by hiring Andrew Roberts, a former partner at Linklaters. Roberts specialises in debt capital markets across EMEA and India, and in Islamic finance.

The NYSE-listed logistics firm has appointed Jim Barber as president of the UPS Europe region with responsibility for EMEA, succeeding Wolfgang Flick, who is retiring. Barber, who started his career at UPS as a delivery driver, was most recently chief operations officer for the Europe region.

Grant Thornton
David Newstead, formerly a director at PwC, has been appointed as an assurance partner at Grant Thornton in Milton Keynes. His appointment brings the partner and director team covering Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to 15.

Dominic McNamara has joined the HR group’s outsourcing practice as a client service manager in its discontinued schemes unit, based in Leeds. McNamara joins from the Financial Assistance Scheme, where he was a customer account manager.

Fischer Francis Trees & Watts, the global fixed income partner of BNP Paribas Investment Partners, has promoted Kenneth O’Donnell to head of short duration. O’Donnell started his career at FFTW in June 2002 as a portfolio manager.

Elite Insurance
The legal expenses and niche lines insurer has hired Mike Payne as general manager and Deborah Ranger as business development manager in the company’s London office. The firm has also hired Daniel Quinn and David Green as underwriters.