<strong>Marsh</strong><br />The insurance broker and risk adviser has hired Simon Curtis as chief operating officer of its UK operations, based in London.<br /><br />He succeeds Ian Clarke, who continues as a board member and a member of the firm&rsquo;s international executive group.<br /><br />Curtis joins from Jardine Lloyd Thompson, which he joined in 2000 after its acquisition of the Burke Ford Group, where he was managing director of the general insurance business.<br /><br /><strong>Barclays </strong><br />Simon Hunt has been appointed as director of securitisation and capital issuance at the banking group.<br /><br />Prior to joining Barclays Capital in 2006, Hunt worked as a structured finance lawyer for Sidley Austin Brown &amp; Wood.<br /><br />He was also previously a structuring banker for emerging markets securitisations at Standard Bank.<br /><br /><strong>Santander</strong><br />The bank has appointed Jon Pike as a relationship director for education, health and communities in the South West and Wales, based at the bank&rsquo;s regional corporate banking centre in Bristol.<br /><br />Pike has over 26 years of experience in the sector and joins from the Bank of Ireland, where he was head of healthcare for the South West.<br /><br /><strong>BNY Mellon</strong><br />The financial services group has appointed Joe Duffy as chief executive of The Bank of New York Mellon Ireland, after receiving approval from the Irish Financial Regulator to establish a new bank licensed entity in the country.<br /><br />Duffy is currently based in Dublin as the group&rsquo;s country executive for Ireland, a role he will continue to hold.<br /><br /><strong>SIFMA</strong><br />The Royal Bank of Canada&rsquo;s John Taft has been named chair-elect of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) for 2010.<br /><br />Taft, who will continue in his role as head of the US division of RBC Wealth Management, has for the past year been chair of the organisation&rsquo;s private client group steering committee, playing a lead role in advocating reform of the US financial regulatory system.<br /><br />He recently testified before the House of Representatives committee on financial services on behalf of SIFMA about the need for a new federal fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and investment advisers providing personalised investment advice to individual investors.<br /><br /><strong>Qinetiq</strong><br />The defence technology group has appointed Leo Quinn as its new chief executive officer.<br /><br />Quinn joins from printing group De La Rue, where he was also chief executive. He has also worked on a number of business turnarounds in Europe in the US for companies such as civil and military avionics provider Honeywell International and software group Invensys.