Karen Witts will join the home retailer’s board as finance director in October. She is currently finance chief for Africa, Middle East, Asia and Asia Pacific at Vodafone, and is also a non-executive director of Wolseley. Witts worked at BT Group for more than 10 years, most recently as finance head for BT Retail.

Dr Markus J Friedl has joined the international law firm’s corporate and securities group as a national partner in the Frankfurt office, which was established this year. Friedl has previously worked for other international and German law firms in Frankfurt, and was most recently a counsel at Schilling Zutt & Anschütz. Dechert now has more than 25 lawyers working in Germany.

The insurance broker has appointed Andrew George to chair its global energy practice. George was previously head of Marsh’s energy practice for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and succeeds Jim Pierce, who will now lead Marsh’s global industry practices group. Andrew Herring, head of Marsh’s wholesale energy practice, will be appointed to George’s previous post.

Eric Dickinson has been appointed accounts director at the IT solutions company. Dickinson has over 25 years’ experience in the financial industry, having worked at Société Générale Securities Services as UK head of sales and global relationship management, as well as at The Bank of New York (now BNY Mellon) and TCA Synergo.

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Craig Barnett is joining the international law firm as an associate in the insolvency and restructuring group at its London office. Before joining the firm, he spent five years at Dundas & Wilson as an associate in the corporate recovery department.