Grant Thornton UK
The business and financial adviser, and UK subsidiary of Grant Thornton International, has reappointed Scott Barnes as chief executive. He was first given the role in 2008 and has led the firm’s restructuring during the financial downturn. He will remain in the position through to 2015.
Yorkshire Building Society
The UK’s second largest building society has announced that Lynne Charlesworth will become its new vice chairman. She replaces Richard Davey, who retired from the board on 18 April. Charlesworth joined the board in 2006, and has previously worked at National & Provincial Building Society and as group risk manager of Abbey National. She is joint managing director of St James Investments, a newly-formed investment firm.
Randolph Sesson has agreed to join the investment banking advisory firm as senior managing director, based in London. He will serve as head of european transportation. Sesson was most recently a managing director and head of european transportation and infrastructure within Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division. He has also held senior roles at Goldman Sachs.
The financial services regulatory consulting practice has announced three new hires. Rachel Aldridge joins, in the newly-created role of chief operating officer, from FBR Capital Markets, where she was also chief operating officer. She has previously held senior positions at Dresdner Kleinwort. Francesca Bell and Andrew Garner both join as consultants. Bell arrives from KPMG’s regulatory consulting practice. She has also worked for Deloitte. Garner joins from Brewin Dolpin, the stockbroker, where he was head of investment management compliance.
The global markets and financial advisory firm has named Gonzalo Chocano as principal and managing director. Chocano was most recently a managing director of debt markets and head of global futures and derivatives clearing services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in New York. He has also held senior roles at Goldman Sachs. He will now be based in Stormharbour’s London office.
Berwin Leighton Paisner
The law firm has announced that ten senior associates and its head of risk have been promoted to the partnership in its London, Abu Dhabi and Singapore offices. The London promotions include Michael Weir, Daisy Reeves, Catherine Gelder, Amir Ghaffari, Charles Lilley, Neil Owen, Celia Berg, Deepa Deb, Nick Skea-Strachan and Nicole Bigby.