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Essar Energy
The India-focused integrated energy company has announced that it has appointed Steve Lucas as its fifth non-executive director with immediate effect. Lucas was finance director at the power and transmission network operator National Grid from 2002 to 2010 and has significant experience in the international energy sector. Prior to his position at National Grid, Lucas worked for 11 years at Royal Dutch Shell and six years at BG Group, latterly as group treasurer. He is also currently non-executive director of Transocean, the offshore oil and gas drilling company.

Quindell Portfolio
The brand extension company, and leading provider of consultancy, software and outsourcing, has announced that Robert Thomson has been appointed group chief revenue officer, with effect from 1 November. Thomson started his career with IBM, advancing to the position of global sales director for the IBM-Huon alliance. He became UK managing director of the Innovation Group in June 2010.

Jupiter Fund Management has announced that Maarten Slenderbroek will be joining its board as an executive director responsible for distribution and strategy. This is a new role, and Slenderbroek will report to group chief executive Edward Bonham Carter. He is expected to join the fund management firm in the second half of 2012. Slenderbroek is currently head of BlackRock’s international retail business and a member of its global operating committee. He has worked for BlackRock since 1994.

Forex Club
The leading online brokerage company has announced the appointment of Michael Klena as chief executive of its US business. Effective immediately, his appointment reaffirms the company’s committment to global network growth and development. Before joining the company, Klena held several senior management positions at Etrade Financial, the United States’ third largest online brokerage firm, including head of risk and operations for the company’s brokerage business Etrade Clearing. Previous to this, Klena spent nearly ten years at TD Waterhouse.

Norton Rose
The international legal practice has announced the appointment of Jing Wang as a corporate partner. He joins the firm from Allen & Overy, where he was served as counsel in its Beijing office. Wang’s expertise is in advising major Chinese and global companies on strategic mergers and acquisitions activity. He has particular expertise in the biotech, and food and beverages sectors.