Cushman & Wakefield
The property consultant has appointed corporate real estate executive Simon Ward as a partner in its EMEA corporate occupier & investor services team in London. Ward has more than 30 years’ experience in European and international corporate real estate, holding senior roles including regional director of corporate real estate at Jones Lang LaSalle; global head of corporate real estate and services at Deutsche Bank; and most recently, group property director at Barclays.

RBC Wealth Management
Samir Dewan, formerly regional chief financial officer for private banking in Asia at ABN Amro, has been appointed as chief operating officer and head of business development for RBC Wealth Management Emerging Markets, based in Singapore. In addition, Amit Parmanand joins from ABN Amro Private Banking as manager, strategic initiatives for RBC Wealth Management Emerging Markets.

Nick Little has been promoted to co-manager of the BlackRock UK Fund, alongside its existing manager, Mark Lyttleton. Little’s promotion follows his experience in managing core equity portfolios for institutional clients at the investment group.

Ince & Co
Nilam Sharma, formerly a partner at Crowell & Moring, has been hired as a partner in the insurance and reinsurance group at the law firm’s London office.

Brett Williams, until recently the chief executive of Cofunds, the UK’s largest IFA platform, is joining the board of boutique fund management house Insynergy Investment Management as a non-executive director.

AXA Investment Managers
Katrin Bostrom has been appointed as head of Nordic sales at AXA Investment Managers, based in Stockholm. Bostrom joins from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was executive director, head of sales and business development, Nordic region.

CLS Group Holdings
CLS Group has hired Gabor Butor as head of European regulatory affairs, joining the executive management team. Previously, Butor was the lead negotiator for the Hungarian Presidency to the EU on financial markets infrastructure regulation.