David Meeker has been appointed as chief executive of Genzyme, part of the wider Sanofi healthcare group, effective from 1 November. He will also join the group management committee. Meeker joined Genzyme in 1994 as medical director to work on the cystic fibrosis gene therapy programme. Rising to the position of president of the global rare disease business, he oversaw the global launches of the patented drugs Aldurazyme, Fabrazyme and Myozyme.
The wealth manager has appointed Matthew Wotton to manage the sports, media and entertainment team within the UK & Ireland private bank. He joins from HSBC, where he most recently led the relationship management team for the global sports group.
Ernst & Young
The financial services firm has made four senior appointments to its UK & Ireland employment tax business. Ian Hopkinson joins from KPMG to lead the team, John Chaplin and Rajesh Bhundia both join as a directors from KPMG, and Mark Morton has been promoted internally to director.
The law firm has appointed Andrew Symons as a partner in its specialist insurance and reinsurance team, part of the firm’s litigation and regulatory group. Symons previously spent 16 years at CMS Cameron McKenna, where he was a partner in the reinsurance and insurance team.
Premier Asset Management
Jacob Robbins has been confirmed as lead manager of the asset manager’s premier global alpha growth fund, joining the global equity team on 8 November. Robbins joins from Investec Asset Management, where he was global dynamic equity portfolio manager.
Royal London Asset Management
The fund manager has hired Neil Wilkinson as manager of the Royal London European growth fund. Wilkinson was previously director of European equities at Hermes Fund Managers.
The electronic component firm has appointed Stephen King as a non-executive director. King is currently finance director of Caledonia Investments, and was previously finance director of De La Rue and of Midlands Electricity.
Paul Evans has been appointed as a director in KPMG’s risk consulting practice. Evans began his career in the Royal Navy before rising to the Serious Organised Crime Agency, where he was the executive director for intervention, responsible for shaping and establishing a new approach to organised crime.