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Strategic Minerals
The iron ore producer and exploration company has announced the appointment of George Cardona as non-executive director, with immediate effect. Cardona was formerly a special adviser at the Treasury, and spent the first half of his career in banking and politics, notably at HSBC. He left HSBC in 2000 and formed Cardona Lloyd, a corporate finance advisory and asset management company. In 2006 he became director and eventually chairman of Linea, a privately owned investment company.

Rathbone Investment Management, the wealth management service provider, has announced that Evangelos Assimakos is joining the firm. Assimakos joins from Turcan Connell, the solicitors and asset managers, where he has worked for five years.

The leading supplier of trading and risk management solutions for metals, energy and soft commodities has appointed Jon Hobbs as chief technology officer. Hobbs has worked at Brady for the past seventeen years, most recently heading up the metals development team. Brady has expanded rapidly in the last few years, and Hobbs will work to define group technology strategy, align it with business goals and articulate this strategy to clients.

Oriel Securities
The independent UK corporate and institutional stockbroker has announced that Andrew Small and Chloe Ponsonby have been hired by the firm. Small joins from Evolution in May, and Ponsonby joins from Altium Capital in April. Their appointments will add senior sales expertise and client relationships to Oriel’s UK sales capacity.

The recruitment and consultancy company has appointed Steve Wright as chief financial officer and member of the board, with immediate effect. Wright was previously director of finance and operations at RP International, a telecommunications recruitment company. He has held senior roles at Computer People and Thomson NETG. Wright was also finance director of Hot Group, a listed recruitment services firm acquired by Trinity Mirror in 2005.

Darby Overseas Investments, the private equity arm of Franklin Templeton Investments, has announced the hiring of two new executives. S Scott Gregory has been appointed managing director, and will report to senior managing director David Mathewson. Arkadiusz Podziewski has been appointed principal and head of Darby’s Warsaw office, and will focus on supporting and developing the firm’s operations and funds in central and eastern Europe.