Simon Litherland has been appointed as managing director of Britvic Soft Drinks, and a member of the group executive committee, effective from 4 October. Litherland joins from Diageo, where he was MD of the GB business, responsible for brands including Guinness, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker. Litherland started at Diageo as finance director in European operations, before rising to management positions in Eastern Europe, Dublin and South Africa.

Paul Hastings
Matthew Poxon has joined the law firm as an associate in the corporate practice of the firm’s London office. Poxon, who moves from Slaughter & May, will advise on a range of corporate and commercial transactions, including public and private mergers, equity capital markets and joint ventures.

Barry Michael Ariko, a former non-executive director of Autonomy, has joined the board of the Aim-listed mobile solutions and IT company as a non-executive chairman. He replaces Brett Miller, who has stepped down from the role to spend more time on his other business interests.

Caithness Petroleum
The privately owned exploration and production company has appointed Peter de Wit, who recently retired as chairman of Shell Netherlands, as a non-executive director.

St James’s Place
The wealth management group has appointed Iain Cornish as an independent non-executive director, effective from 1 October. Cornish is chief executive of the Yorkshire Building Society, and is due to step down by the end of the year after announcing his resignation in February.

BDO Corporate Finance
The business adviser has hired Jason Peers as senior adviser in the Middle East corporate finance practice, based in Dubai. Peers, who has advised on capital raising and financing in the Middle East for 20 years, will continue his role as special representative of UK trade & investment for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia financial services sector.

Matrix Asset Management
The fund manager has hired Rebecca Ledlie as head of product and marketing. Ledlie joins from Gartmore, where as head of product she developed the firm’s range of hedge funds, offshore and onshore fund ranges, and segregated accounts.