David Snowdon has joined the investment manager’s Defined Contribution business to focus on business development by taking the BlackRock proposition to market and building relationships with DC clients. Snowdon joins from Barclays, where he spent six years as an employee benefit consultant, responsible for providing advice to and developing relationships with corporate clients. Prior to Barclays, Snowdon gained employee benefits experience at Sedgwick IFC and Towers Watson.

Niche Group
The Aim-listed company that invests in gas exploration in Turkey has appointed investment banker Nigel Little as executive chairman. Little is the former president of Canaccord Adams Europe and vice chairman of Canaccord Capital Corporation.

Cogence Search
The specialist legal recruitment consultancy has hired Christian Kelly as an insurance litigation partner. Kelly joins from Davies Arnold Cooper, where he worked in the Insurance Litigation Practice Group.

F&C Investments
The asset manager has hired Sara Stacey to lead its institutional marketing activities. Stacey moves from BlueBay Asset Management, where she was marketing & communications manager.

Aldrich & Company
The recruitment consultancy and executive search firm has appointed Charlotte Bygraves as head of events, marketing, communications and roadshow recruitment. Bygraves joins from UBS, where she was regional head of event marketing.

BNY Mellon
The investment manager has appointed Dean Fletcher as regional head of BNY Mellon Corporate Trust, EMEA. Previously, Fletcher was co-head of EMEA for Corporate Trust with Joe Duffy, who remains chief executive of The Bank of New York Mellon (Ireland).

Fischer Francis Trees & Watts
The global fixed income partner of BNP Paribas Investment Partners has hired Rena Walsh as head of money markets. Walsh previously worked for State Street Global Advisors, where she most recently led the banking relationships for State Street’s cash sweep business.

Bassem Kabban, CEO of the reinsurance broker, has been appointed as chairman of United Insurance Brokers Limited (UIBL) and CEO of United Insurance Brokers Holdings. Philip Tuite Dalton has been appointed as the new CEO for UIBL, following ten years at UIB as COO, and David Trezies has been appointed as non-executive chairman for UIB Holdings, after six-years as executive chairman.