Hastings Direct
Liz Latter has been appointed as head of insurer development at the firm. She will work with Adrian Parry, head of Hastings’ panel development activities for the last two years, who will step back from his full-time commitments in early 2012 to pursue other commitments, but will continue to support the business. Latter previously held business development and leadership positions at firms including Travelers, Lloyd’s, Equity, The Broker Network, SSP and GI.

GGW Corporate Services
David Brewster has joined the corporate debt advisory company GGW as director, strengthening the firm’s presence in the commercial and residential property sector. Brewster has more than 30 years’ real estate finance experience at UK and European banks, including Fortis and BNP Paribas.

Betfair Group
Nick Hagen has been appointed as sports operations director at Betfair to develop the company’s risk-based systems. Hagen is currently chief operating officer for sports betting at Gtech G2, a division of Lottomatica Group.

The provider of enterprise social networks has appointed Georg Ell as general manager for EMEA and Mike Grafham as head of customer success for EMEA. Ell was previously the pan-EMEA sales director for Yammer, and Grafham previously worked as a senior manager at Deloitte.

Steven Downey has been hired as head of equities trading, EMEA, and co-head of derivatives, EMEA. Downey joins from UBS, where he was most recently head of equity derivatives trading, EMEA.

Morgan Lewis
Noel Ainsworth, who focuses on all aspects of private investment funds and investment management, will join as a partner in its business and finance practice in the London office on 3 January 2012. He will move from the London office of Simmons and Simmons.

Cuculus GmbH
The home control solutions developer has appointed Dr Gottfried Neuhaus and Pieter Trienekens to its supervisory board. Neuhaus is the founder of venture capital firm Neuhaus Partners, and Trienekens has held several executive positions at Gasunie.

Mariana Resources
The Aim-listed exploration firm has appointed Ray Angus, formerly non-executive director, as chief operating officer and Dr Gustavo Rodriguez, former country manager of Argentina, as vice president of exploration.