British Retail Consortium
The BRC has appointed Ian Cheshire as chairman, taking over the two-year post from Rob Templeman on 1 October. Cheshire has been chief executive of Kingfisher since January 2008 and an executive director since June 2000. He has also been a non-executive director of Whitbread since February 2011. He serves as a lead non-executive member at the Department for Work and Pensions. He is a member of the Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change and a member of the Employers’ Forum on Disability President’s Group. To provide continuity, Templeman will stay on for a year as deputy chairman while Helen Dickinson, who has more than 20 years of experience at KPMG, will take up the role of director general in December.
Standard Chartered Bank
The bank has appointed Alex Manson as group head in its wholesale banking geographies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Manson, who will be based in London, joins from Deutsche Bank.
The insurance broker and risk adviser unit of Marsh & McLennan has hired John Kunzler as head of its UK regulated professions practice for England and Wales. He joins from Travelers Companies.
The Texas-based financial services company has hired David Slear as senior vice president of default services. Prior to joining Vericrest he spent nearly ten years in the default operations of mortgage and consumer lending at HSBC.
InterMune, a San Francisco-based biopharmaceutical company, has hired Jon S Becker as vice president, deputy general counsel and head of European legal affairs, based at the company’s European HQ in Basel, Switzerland. Becker worked for 15 years at Amgen, also based in Switzerland.
The Crown Estate
The Crown Estate has appointed two new portfolio managers, Robin Clarke and Malcolm Burns, for its Rural and Coastal Portfolio.