The HR group has appointed Michael Dempsey as head of the investment management division for EMEA and a member of the firm’s EMEA executive team and its global investment management leadership team. Dempsey most recently led Mercer’s investment management business in Ireland, where he launched the Dynamic De-Risking Solution. Dempsey replaces Tom Murphy, who is relocating to the US to become regional head of investment management, based in Mercer’s Boston office.

The independent finance provider has appointed Steven Dunne as chief financial officer. Dunne was previously financial director of Credit Solutions, where he led the sale of the business to Arvato, the outsourcing division of media giant Bertelsmann.

China Food Company
The Chinese manufacturer has hired Tang Lin as chief financial officer. Lin joins from Shandong Haoxin, where she was a founding partner.

Stanmore Implants
The medical technology manufacturer has appointed Eric Dodd as group chief financial officer. Dodd joins Stanmore from biotechnology firm Antsoma, where he was chief financial officer.

Next Fifteen
The digital communications group has appointed Margarita Auguste Wennmachers as a non-executive director. Wennmachers is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and co-founded OutCast Communications Corp, which became a subsidiary of Next Fifteen Communications Group in 2005.

Cushman & Wakefield
Douglas Harman has been appointed as a partner to the real estate services firm’s EMEA capital markets team. Harman joins from the Frankfurt office of DTZ, where he was a director.

Paddy Power
Brody Sweeney will retire from the board as a non-executive director on 1 September. Cormac McCarthy, the chief executive of Ulster Bank from 2004 to 2011, will join the board as non-executive director on the same date.

The investment bank has appointed James Seagrave as a managing director in the global financial sponsors investment banking group. Seagrave joins from JP Morgan, where he was most recently a managing director in the financial sponsor coverage group.

Ernst & Young
Hywel Ball, previously EMEIA sector leader for energy, chemicals and utilities at the professional services firm, has been promoted to UK & Ireland head of assurance.