The property services firm has hired Iain Chapman as senior director of regional commercial leasing in Asia, based in Hong Kong. Chapman began his real estate career in Asia in 1990, joining Savills in 1995, before moving to Colliers in 2000, as director and co-head of Hong Kong commercial leasing. Chapman will work with the existing team on key projects and also service international corporate clients in Asia, linking with Savills European teams and US strategic partner, CresaPartners.

The multi-asset brokerage and clearing company has appointed Françoise Guillaume as global chief operating officer and deputy chief executive, based in Paris. Guillaume joins from Société Générale, where she was most recently chief financial officer for SG Group Management Resources.

The mobile devices information provider has appointed ex-Amazon managing director Brian McBride as its first chairman. McBride stepped down from in January this year, following a 25-year career holding senior positions at IBM, Dell Computers and T-Mobile.

The Aim-listed oil development and production company has appointed Stephen Gutteridge, a former chairman of Star Energy Group and President Petroleum, as non-executive chairman.

Towers Watson
Peter Lewis has joined the professional services firm as head of its US real estate investment manager research team. Lewis joins from Liberty Mutual Group, where he was a senior investment officer directing its real estate portfolio.

The Royal Bank of Scotland has appointed Richard Roach as UK managing director of financial sponsors UK. Richard has over 30 years of banking experience with RBS, most recently as sector head of manufacturing, industrials and construction.

Standard Bank Group
Michael Starke has been hired as a research analyst in Standard Bank’s mining and metals team, based in London. Stark worked in the mining team at Edison, covering a number of mid-cap commodities companies.

Mike Thomsen, the company’s current executive chairman, will remain on the board as president of US operations.

Zouk Capital
The private equity fund manager has appointed Dr Erich Becker as a partner to co-lead the infrastructure team with Colin Campbell. Becker joins from Macquarie Bank.