<!--StartFragment--> <strong>Gorkana</strong><br />The PR and journalist portal has hired former Unilever board director Ralph Kugler as chairman as it ramps up its growth plans.<br /><br />Kugler spent over 28 years with Unilever, including as regional president of the firm&rsquo;s businesses in Europe and Latin America, and chief executive of its Thai and Malaysian units.<br /><br />He is also currently a non-executive director of Intercontinental Hotels and Byotrol, as well as a senior adviser to private equity firm 3i.<br /><br /><strong>Old Mutual Asset Managers</strong><br />The asset management firm has appointed Simon Cowan to its UK sales team as London regional manager.<br /><br />Cowan was previously a vice president at Lazard Asset Management, where he promoted the firm&rsquo;s products to discretionary asset managers. Prior to that, he held sales roles at Invesco and Friends Ivory &amp; Sime.<br /><br /><strong>Charlemagne Capital</strong><br />The investment management group has hired Michael Russell as its new head of private equity for the property sector.<br /><br />Russell will oversee the firm&rsquo;s private equity team and projects within the European Convergence Property Company, European Convergence Development Company and the BRIC property programme.<br /><br />He joins from Jones Lang LaSalle Corporate Finance, where he was a national director in the private equity team.<br /><br /><strong>Managing Partners Limited</strong><br />The boutique fund manager has hired Graeme Duncan as its new financial director.<br /><br />Duncan, who will divide his time between MPL&rsquo;s Hong Kong and London offices, joins from asset management group SGI-management in Hong Kong, where he was finance and operations director. Prior to that, he was a financial services audit manager at KPMG.<br /><br /><strong>Gain Capital Holdings</strong><br />Jane Foley has joined the forex trading services provider as research director for its website<br /><br />Foley has two decades of experience analysing financial markets, having spent 8 years at Barclays Capital as director of FX strategy. She has also held research roles at Redtower Asset Management, NSS Asset Management, Samba Asset Management and MMS International.<br /><br /><strong>Kroll</strong><br />The risk consulting firm has appointed Tom Hartley as regional managing director of consulting services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.<br /><br />Hartley joins from accountancy firm KPMG in London, where he led the UK arm of the transactions services strategy group.<br /><br />He has also previously worked at management consultancy firm Bain and at pharmaceuticals giant Procter &amp; Gamble, as well as having launched his own e-commerce business. <!--EndFragment-->