Today’s City Moves includes Currencycloud, Frame and Hilton
London-based fintech and cross-border payments platform Currencycloud has appointed Barbera De Jong to chief people officer. Barbera will be responsible for driving organisational evolution across the business, which has more than doubled its headcount since 2017 to over 200 employees across its offices in London, Cardiff, New York, Lviv and Amsterdam. The creation of this new executive-level position is part of the company’s commitment to talent development and its people as it ramps up its global growth strategy to service its international banking and fintech clients, including Starling Bank, Travelex and Brookline Bank. Barbera brings a wealth of experience from large-scale technology companies, having worked at Cisco Systems for eight years in various talent management and learning and development roles.
Pioneering pay-as-you-go fitness brand Frame has appointed John Treharne as its new chairman, as the firm prepares to expand outside London for the first time. A former England squash player, John is a fitness industry specialist who disrupted the industry in the same way as Frame when he launched the Gym Group in 2008, introducing the low-cost gym model with contractless, 24/7 operations and online sign-up. the Gym Group listed in 2015 and has more than 170 sites nationwide. Backed by consumer brands specialist investor Piper since 2017, Frame currently has six London studios and will soon open a seventh in Angel, with its first two studios outside London, in Brighton and Bristol, planned for 2020. The company’s central ethos is that keeping fit and healthy should be fun, positive, and never a chore. Co-founder Pip Black
said: “We’re so excited to have John, a fellow disruptor, as our chairman. He shares our passion for making
it as easy and fun as possible for people to get and keep active.”
Hospitality company Hilton has appointed David Kelly to the role of senior vice president of operations in continental Europe. Joining Hilton’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region from his current position overseeing Greater China and Mongolia, David will oversee the operations of 57 hotels across 26 European countries. David joined Hilton in 1995, based in the US, before heading to Australia to work in various operations and commercial roles for the company. Moving to China in 2012, at a critically important time for the company in Asia, he spearheaded the multi-brand growth of the China portfolio from 34 to over 210 hotels. David will assume his new position on 1 January 2020.
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