<strong>Reed Elsevier</strong><br />The publishing group has appointed Ben van der Veer, the former chairman of accountancy firm KPMG in the Netherlands, as a non-executive director, effective from 3 September.<br /><br />Van der Veer was chairman at KPMG Netherlands between 1999 and 2008 and also sat on the firm&rsquo;s international board and management committee.<br /><br />He is a member of the supervisory boards at Aegon, TomTom and Siemens Nederland.<br /><br /><strong>Jefferies </strong><br />The investment bank has appointed seven new London-based hires to its mortgage and asset-backed securities group, part of the fixed income division.<br /><br />Steven Hulett and Craig Tipping join as co-heads of the group from RBS and Nomura respectively. Marc Allison, Dennis Hollands and Jason O&rsquo;Brien join from RBS as senior vice presidents, while Marion Guilbert and Edward Tunstall, also senior VPs, join from Lehman Brothers and Nomura.<br /><br /><strong>Castlestone Management</strong><br />The boutique asset manager has hired Constanze Kubern from auction house Sotheby&rsquo;s, to act as the senior art adviser and art manager of the firm&rsquo;s retail art investment fund.<br /><br />Kubern worked for five years at Sotheby&rsquo;s in London, where she was responsible for marketing Impressionist and modern art auctions.