Kentz Corporation
The FTSE 250 engineering group has announced that Christian Brown (pictured) will replace Hugh O’Donnell as chief executive on 1 February. Brown steps up from the role of group chief operating officer, while O’Donnell, who has led Kentz since 2000, will continue as an exclusive adviser to the group for the next three years. Additionally, Rory O’Donnell, formerly group head of development, takes up a new job as group officer strategy and M&A, responsible for strategy and acquisitions.

Bank of Ireland
Patrick Haren and Kent Atkinson have been appointed as non-executive directors of Bank of Ireland. Atkinson was group finance director of Lloyds TSB Group for eight years between 1994 and 2002. Haren is a former chief executive of the Viridian Group, and led the privatisation of Northern Ireland Electricity in 1993.

Oriel Securities
Oriel Securities has strengthened its retail team by appointing Harry Philips as an industrials analyst, Rob Ellis as industrials specialist salesman and Guy Brown as an aerospace and defence analyst. The team will move across from Evolution in February.

Kingsley Napley
The City law firm has appointed Caroline DeLaney as a partner in the dispute resolution department, focusing on real estate disputes. She has spent the last 20 years of her career at CMS Cameron McKenna, where she specialised in real estate.

Former HSBC banker Victoria Read has joined Eversheds as a banking partner in its London office. Read originally trained as a solicitor at Linklaters before joining RBS as a banker and then HSBC as a director in loans syndicate.

The law firm has promoted Smeetesh Kakkad to London office managing partner. Kakkad joined Salans in 2000 and became a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution group in 2005, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration.

Pictet Asset Management
Pictet asset management business has hired Alain Caffort as a senior investment manager in the small cap equity team, based in Geneva. Caffort joins from Groupama Asset Management, where he was responsible for small and mid-cap European equity portfolios.

Peter Kiernan has been appointed as a vice chairman at Hawkpoint. Kiernan was most recently a managing director and head of UK investment banking at Lazard. Prior to that, he was a managing director at both Goldman Sachs and UBS Warburg.