Today’s City Moves includes Cebr, Element and Bricklane
The Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) have appointed Nina Skero as chief executive. Nina is currently director of operations at Cebr, and previously served as head of macroeconomics at the research institute. As a member of Cebr’s senior leadership team, she has played an integral role in the company’s consistent growth over recent years. Nina commented on her appointment, saying; “I am immensely honoured to lead the extraordinary team at Cebr as chief executive. I am proud of the work we have done in developing innovative economic techniques, growing the client base and establishing ourselves as one of the most prominent economic commentators in the UK and globally.” She succeeds Graham Brough, who has worked as managing director and chief executive since 2010.
Material technology firm Element has announced Jo Wetz as its new chief executive officer (CEO) Jo will succeed current CEO Charles Noall from 31 December, following his decision to retire from the role after 17 years as executive. In his previous role as an investor at venture capital firm 3i, Jo led the original buyout of Element in 2010 before joining the company in 2012 as chief financial officer.
In his eight years at Element, Jo has been instrumental in growing the group from 23 locations across five different geographies with 600 employees to Element’s position today as one of the fastest growing privately-held testing businesses, with almost 200 locations operating in more than 30 countries with almost 7,000 employees. Allan Leighton, Element’s chairman, commented: “I am delighted that Jo is taking on the role of CEO.
This leadership transition is a great example of succession planning and will provide strong continuity as Element pursues its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.”
London-based property investment platform Bricklane has appointed Oren Peleg as its new chairman. Oren was previously managing director at global alternative investments specialist Oaktree Capital Management. While at Oaktree he chaired UK property group Countrywide ahead of its initial public offering, and led platform investments in real estate, lending and wealth management. Oren also spent five years as the chairman and then global CEO of Fitness First, leading the successful turnaround of the fitness group. Simon Heawood, co-founder of Bricklane, commented: “It is fantastic to be adding someone of Oren’s calibre to Bricklane’s senior team at this stage of our growth.”