Alastair Lyons has been appointed by international services company Serco as non-executive chairman. He joins the board with immediate effect before taking up his new post at the annual meeting on 11 May, when he will succeed Ken Beeston who is retiring. Lyons, 56, has been non-executive chairman of insurer Admiral since 2000 and in 2008 was made deputy chairman and senior independent director at housebuilder Bovis Homes.

Societe Generale
Andrew Meigh and Verender Badial have been appointed as managing directors within the bank’s Equity Capital Markets team, which is headed by Laurent Morel, global head of equity capital markets. Before joining SocGen, Meigh was chief executive of Clarkson Investment Services, providing capital raising advice to clients from the marine and offshore industries.

Badial joins with experience in equity capital markets at ABN Ambro Rothschild, and at Friend LLP, where he was managing director in charge of the corporate advisory department. Both will be based in London.

Axis Shield
Dr John Brown has been appointed chairman designate at Axis-Shield, the Dundee-based in vitro diagnostics company. Brown – who succeeds Nigel Keen who is retiring this year – is chairman of BTG and CXR Biosciences and a non-executive director of Vectura.

He was chief executive of Acambis from 1997 to 2004. Brown also chairs the Roslin Foundation and the LifeSciences Industry Advisory Board. Standard Bank

Jurgen Heppe has been hired as a managing director by the bank to bolster its telecoms and media team in London where he will report to Nina Triantis, global head of telecoms and media at Standard Bank. Heppe will be responsible for deepening Standard Bank’s penetration and contact level with key clients in the region and with global operators active in the emerging markets with a focus on corporate finance advisory and cross border M&A origination.

Heppe has 16 years investment banking experience and has a track record in telecoms and media having worked at Bank of America, Millennium and Lehman Brothers.

Pictet Funds
Paul Bowen has been appointed sales manager of the UK North division at Pictet Funds, the fund distribution arm of the Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie. Bowen has more than 20 years experience working in UK financial services and joins after nine years at Legal & General. In his new role, Bowen will work alongside Paul Gaston, Wendy Appleton, Marie Devine and Emma Stenzel.

He will be responsible for building Pictet’s presence with IFAs and discretionary managers based in the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Pictet Funds was founded in 1997 as the group’s fund management company.