Today’s City Moves includes Ovo Energy, RPC and Axiom Stone.
Independent energy provider Ovo Energy has appointed David Allison (pictured) and Rich Jones as technology director and product director, respectively. David joins following nine years at Hotels.com, where he was the senior director, technology. In his new role at Ovo, David will lead its technology team and drive the use of technology to deliver market-leading experiences for customers. During his time at Hotels.com, David hired its first in-house engineering team and led the development of its first mobile app. Rich joins from online fashion retailer Asos, where he was director of digital product management. Also at Asos, Rich was responsible for leading the brand’s product strategy to maximise the customer experience across all the retailer’s platforms. Prior to Asos, Rich led product at streaming service Blinkbox and was creative director at the BBC, responsible for running a team of user interface and user experience designers for BBC iPlayer. At Ovo he will focus on the development of market-leading product strategy and delivery for all its retail brands. He will lead a team in creating digital product experiences that change the way consumers engage with energy.
Law firm RPC has appointed Tatiana Minaeva to its London office, where she will have a particular focus supporting clients across Russia, other (former Soviet Union) Confederation of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe, as well as in Israel and Turkey. Currently at US firm Jones Day, Tatiana was previously a partner at Stephenson Harwood where she joined from White & Case (Moscow). She is admitted to the Russian bar. Tatiana, who is fluent in Russian, English and German, will build on RPC’s existing Russia/CIS capability, which has recently seen the team act in a number of high profile disputes, including for Oleg Deripaska against Vladimir Chernukhin and Bank St Petersburg against Vitaly Arkhangelsky.
Jonathan Metliss has been appointed chairman of Axiom Stone, the growing multi-service practice, with offices in Mayfair, Edgware and Birmingham. Jonathan, one of the City’s best-known and most distinguished lawyers, has had a long and successful legal career. He specialises in corporate finance with an emphasis on takeovers, acquisitions, financings, flotations and joint ventures, with particular expertise in the real estate, retail and leisure and technology sectors. Jonathan has been actively involved in Jewish community and Israeli-related affairs for many years. He is currently a member of the defence committee of The Board of Deputies of British Jews.
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