Deborah Shire has been appointed as global head of business development at Axa Real Estate Investment Managers. Shire will join the AXA Real Estate management board and will report directly to CEO Pierre Vaquier. Shire is promoted from deputy head of structured finance at AXA Investment Managers, which she joined in 1998 as a quantitative portfolio manager.

The online travel group has appointed Nigel Jenkins, who has been a non-executive of the firm since April 2010, as chairman. Jenkins previously worked at First Choice, where he led the restructure of its Canadian division before running the activity holiday sector.

The pub retailer has appointed Nick Backhouse as a non-executive director. Backhouse is senior independent director of Guardian Media Group and a non-executive director of All3Media.

Barclays Wealth
Rupert Howard has been appointed as senior portfolio manager. Howard joins from Rothschild Private Management, where he has been head of UK portfolio management since 2009, following a role at Aberdeen Asset Management.

Panoramic Growth Equity
The independent private equity firm has appointed Jane Reoch as a senior investment manager. Reoch, who has ten years’ private equity and corporate finance experience, joins from the newly created Business Growth Fund.