The specialist healthcare company has appointed Garry Watts to succeed Dr John Brown as non-executive chairman, effective from 1 January 2012. Watts is chairman of the Spire Healthcare group of private hospitals, a senior independent director at Stagecoach Group and a non-executive director of Coca-Cola Enterprises. He was chief executive of SSL International for seven years until its sale in November 2010 to Reckitt Benckiser and an executive director of Medeva and Celltech.

The safety, health and sensor technology group has appointed Daniela Barone Soares as a non-executive director. Barone Soares is chief executive of Impetus Trust, the venture philanthropist that translates venture capital principles to the social sector.

Orascom Telecom
The executive chairman of Orascom Telecom, Khaled Bichara, will step down at the end of the year. It is unclear whether Bichara will also step down as chief operating officer of VimpelCom, which bought Orascom’s parent company in April.

Macquarie Capital
The financial services group has appointed Allen Bertie, formerly managing director and chief executive of the European operation of GCA Savvian, as senior managing director in the newly created industrials, communications and sponsors team. The firm has also hired Raj Khatri as senior managing director and head of metals and mining coverage in Europe. He joins from RBS, where he was managing director and head of metals and mining EMEA.

DLA Piper
The law firm has launched its international securities group, to be led by London-based US securities partner George Barboutis. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Barboutis was a partner with Dewey & Leboeuf, based in London.

Vanguard Asset Management
Neil Cowell has been appointed as head of retail sales at the asset manager to lead the retail team responsible for developing Vanguard’s relationships with both fee-based advisers and wealth managers. Cowell previously worked for Standard Life, where he held various distribution roles.

JP Morgan Asset Management
Monique Stephens has been appointed as a client adviser in the institutional team. She was previously institutional sales manager at Invesco Perpetual.

Grant Thornton
Patrick O’Mahony has joined as a partner in the financial adviser’s Gatwick office to lead its tax team. He joins from RSM Tenon, where he was head of tax for the north west.