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Wesleyan, the specialist financial services mutual for doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers, has appointed Anne Torry to its board of directors. Anne has more than 20 years’ experience of strategic leadership, working internationally in both the life and savings and general insurance sectors, most recently as chief executive and head of executive at Zurich UK Life. Wesleyan chair Nathan Moss said: “Anne’s industry experience brings further depth to the Wesleyan board and will be invaluable to us as we enter into a new strategic planning period.
She is well versed in developing and challenging strategic direction and this, along with her leadership skills, will be key as we look to ensure Wesleyan has the right business model to meet its growth ambitions.” Anne added: “Since becoming part of the Wesleyan team I’ve been very impressed by the drive to grow the business so that more of our professional customers can benefit from our services and we can really deliver the best outcomes for our members. This is an exciting time in the society’s long history and I’m proud to be a part of it.” Anne was previously on Wesleyan’s with profits and investment committee and now sits on the risk and remuneration committees.
Clarks, the leading global casual footwear brand, has announced the appointment of Giorgio Presca as chief executive. He will lead the Clarks strategy with the executive committee. He will join the company next month. Giorgio Presca was born in Trieste, Italy, and has more than 20 years of experience in managing and developing global premium brands, particularly in the footwear and apparel industries. His most recent position was chief executive at Golden Goose Deluxe. He said: “I cannot wait to join an iconic and historic brand like Clarks… Clarks faces the challenges of today’s competitive markets, but has the competences and assets to return to sustainable growth and profitability in the course of the next few years.”
Shard Capital Commodities
Shard Capital Commodities, a division of the independent financial services company Shard Capital, has recruited Ashley Boolell as partner to expand its existing team. Ashley has already closed a first trade, which was carried out with a French midcap looking to hedge its copper exposure on a commercial contract. Shard Capital Commodities serves commodity consumers and producers looking to hedge their price exposure. Ashley’s core expertise lies in providing hedging solutions to commodity end-users and producers. Previously, Ashley spent 12 years working in commodity derivatives sales at the French investment bank Natixis, working in Paris for seven years before moving to London in 2013.