Signia Wealth
Chris Godding has been appointed as co-chief investment officer and managing director, focusing on institutional and charity clients. Godding moves to Signia Wealth after nine years at Morgan Stanley private wealth management international, where he was chief investment officer and a member of the Smith Barney investment committee. Prior to this, he managed equity portfolios for Moore Capital, SocGen Asset Management, Aberdeen Asset Management and BZW Investment Management.

LDC, the leading mid-market private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group, has recruited Jon Herbert, Lloyds Banking Group’s head of acquisition finance. He joins LDC as a director in the London office to focus on sourcing debt to fund the firm’s transactions.

De Beers
Gareth Mostyn has been appointed as chief financial officer at De Beers. Mostyn, currently group head of corporate finance at Anglo American, will start his new role at the diamond mining firm on 1 February.

Qannas Investments
Chris Ward, formerly global head of corporate finance at Deloitte, has been appointed as non-executive chairman of Qannas Investments, ahead of its listing on Aim next month. Ward relocated to Dubai in 2008, where he ran the financial advisory services practice of Deloitte in the Middle East, as the chief executive of Deloitte Corporate Finance.

Rowan Dartington
The Bristol-based stockbroker has hired former professional rugby player David Blaney as a trainee stockbroker, where he will focus on marketing strategy and client relationships.

The communications infrastructure firm has appointed Nicolas Ott as managing director of its government, mobile and enterprise business. Ott joins Arqiva from mobile operator Everything Everywhere, where he was the vice-president for strategy, regulation and planning.

Merchant Securities
Roger Phillips has been appointed as a technology analyst. He joins from Evolution Securities, where he covered the pan-European technology sector, following similar roles at Landsbanki and Robert W Baird.

JP Morgan Asset Management
Andy Lloyd has joined as a senior institutional client adviser for the Nordic region, the first employee at the firm’s new Danish office in Copenhagen. Lloyd joins from Alfred Berg/BNP Paribas Investment Partners, where he was head of Nordic alternative sales and Danish institutional sales.