Currencies Direct, a UK non-bank provider of foreign exchange and international payment services, has appointed Antony Jenkins, formerly CEO of Barclays, as the company's non-executive chairman. He will focus on further advancing Currencies Direct’s digital offering and expanding its existing international footprint, supporting the company’s strong growth potential. For three years, until July 2015, Antony led Barclays as CEO. Prior to that role, he was the head of the bank’s UK retail and small business division, and Barclaycard. Antony also spent 17 years at Citi where he ran the North American cash management unit, managed the company’s internet activities and was in charge of the Citi branded credit card business.
Neon has appointed Olly Reeves as chief risk officer. Olly will join Neon in November from his current role as head of risk management at Lloyd’s of London. Subject to regulatory approval, Olly will be joining the Neon Underwriting board and executive committee reporting to Ian Martin, MD at Neon. He brings with him practical knowledge of risk management and regulatory requirements in the London market, having been at Lloyd’s since 2004. During his time at Lloyd’s Olly played a pivotal role in overseeing the market and delivering Lloyd’s own risk framework as well as being a key figure in Lloyd’s achieving solvency II model approval. Prior to his role at Lloyd’s, Olly was a manager in the financial services risk management division at Ernst & Young.
Allen & Overy
Global law firm Allen & Overy has appointed Marc Doring as partner to its international IP practice, based in London. Marc joins A&O from Simmons & Simmons where he was a partner and head of the IP group. Marc’s experience working with clients in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices and hi-tech industries – the sectors where the next generation of patent battles will be fought – will addstrength to the existing team. Marc will be joining the team at a key time for the IP industry. The uncertainty created by Brexit will add to the complexity of patent litigation through the multiplicity of parallel proceedings, including in the UK as a key jurisdiction.
Hightower, a leasing management platform for the commercial real estate market, has appointed Sebastian Abigail as UK sales director to grow the company’s presence. Sebastian joins from Knight Frank where he worked alongside James Nicholson within the central London tech and creative team. Using his experience and knowledge of the creative and digital industries, Sebastian helped Knight Frank adapt its occupier offer to gain traction in this fast-growing marketplace. The tech specialist team also acted as a test bed for innovation within Knight Frank, identifying and trialling new technologies ahead of wider adoption across the business.