Simon Beresford and Neil Purvis have been appointed to help develop the investment fund’s UK defined contribution business. Beresford (pictured) joins as chief operating officer of the firm’s Peterborough DC administration centre, moving from the Nationwide Building Society, where he was head of mortgage administration. Purvis, previously head of HR at the firm, takes on a new role as head of DC member communications.

The business advisory firm has appointed telecommunications and media specialist David Blackwell as a partner to its data analytics team. Blackwell joins following five years at Detica, where he advised clients in the telecommunications and broadcast industries and led Detica’s cyber security initiative.

Bluefin Corporate Consulting
The employee benefits consultancy has appointed Tracey Shephard to its international benefits team. Shephard joins from Mercer, where she was a health and benefits specialist in the international risk team.

Barclays Wealth
The wealth manager has hired Henry Hall to join its expanding ultra high net worth team as a managing director in the MENA region. Prior to his position at Barclays Wealth, Henry was managing director, head of EMEA emerging markets equities at Merrill Lynch.

Jones Lang LaSalle
David Green-Morgan is to join the firm as global capital markets research director. Green-Morgan joins from DTZ, where he is currently head of Asia Pacific Research.

State Street
The financial services provider has appointed Marietta Cisari as senior relationship executive within its global relationship management team, based in Milan. Cisari joins from Bank of New York Mellon, where she was a global account manager for EMEA covering investment banks, insurance companies and corporations.

F&C Investments
The asset manager has recruited Peter Svoboda as a product specialist in its emerging market debt team, effective from November. Svoboda joins F&C from Vienna-based Erste Group, where he has worked since 2005.

DLA Piper
The law firm has hired three new partners to join its specialist litigation team, part of the litigation and regulatory group. Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry, Jamie Curle and Jeremy Andrews all join from commercial law firm Lawrence Graham.