Elizabeth Fournier
Warburg Pincus
The private equity firm focused on growth investing has announced the appointment of Francesco Granata as an executive-in-residence, focusing on the healthcare sector. Granata will be based in Warburg Pincus’ London office, and will help the firm assess new investments in the biopharmaceutical sector. He has over 35 years experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, including time as executive vice president at Biogen Idec.

The UK platform for financial services has hired Russ Thornton as chief technology officer as of 20 February. Prior to joining Cofunds, Thornton was chief technology officer at the management consultancy McKinney Rogers, where he was responsible for implementing its strategic reporting technology solutions into their global client base.

The property investment manager has appointed Lauren Smith as a manager in its investor relations team. Smith joins Rockspring from Pradera, where she worked as a product champion on new fund launches. She has also worked at AEW Europe and holds an MSc in real estate investment from Cass Business School.

The banking group has hired Jose Mosquera as head of European financial credit trading. Jose has 14 years of credit trading experience on both the sell side – at Barclays Capital and UBS – and on the buy side as a founding partner of Breogan Global Financials.

Restoration Partners
The boutique technology merchant bank has hired Mike Kennedy as a partner in its London offices. Kennedy is an experienced venture capitalist and adviser who has worked for a decade in the venture capital industry with 3i, YFM Group and Electra. He previously worked in technology training and operational management at Unilever and Marks & Spencer.

Towers Watson
The professional services company has appointed senior life insurance experts Tim Bateman, Peter Murphy and Miles Stanhope to its UK risk consulting business. Bateman, who will join the London team, has several years of experience in the life insurance sector having held a number of senior industry positions, most recently at Equitable Life. Murphy, who was previously with Lloyds Banking Group, has joined the Towers Watson team in Manchester, while Stanhope is a financial modelling specialist and has joined from PwC.