Today’s City Moves include Kantar, BGF and Growthdeck.
Kantar, the world’s leading marketing insights and consulting company, announced the appointment of Nathalie Burdet as chief marketing officer (CMO). Nathalie is appointed from her current position as global marketing leader of Kantar’s Insights division. She additionally joins the Kantar Board. Nathalie replaces Mandy Pooler, who retires after serving as CMO since 2006. Prior to this Nathalie held progressively senior marketing leadership roles across the fintech industry, including at NEX Group (formerly ICAP) where, as head of marketing and brand strategy, she developed, launched and built the NEX brand globally, and Thomson Reuters where she led internal marketing for the flagship Eikon product. Nathalie holds a LLM in European and international business law and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London.
BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing companies, has bolstered its Quoted team with the appointment of Simon Blackaby as an investor. Simon joins from the Europe, Middle East and Africa Equity Capital Markets team at Jefferies International and will be working with Tom Jenkins, Matt Singh and Paul Stevens in BGF’s Quoted team, specialising in funding options for AIM-listed businesses. BGF’s Quoted team has invested almost £200m into more than 40 quoted companies since inception. In addition to supporting businesses with initial investments, such as Manchester’s genedrive, the team have also made follow on investments into several current portfolio companies to support their growth, including Accsys and Inspired Energy.
Joint founder and former managing director of Capital & Regional, Xavier Pullen, has been appointed as chairman of Growthdeck’s new property team, the private equity investment firm. Xavier was co-founder and managing director at Capital & Regional, the London-listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), for over 30 years and helped drive growth in net assets from £7m in 1986 to over £700m when he left in 2013. At Capital & Regional, Xavier jointly led its initial float and the creation of its US portfolio of industrial properties, Centrepoint Properties, which was floated as a REIT in 1993 in New York. Apart from his own direct commercial property investments he is working at Property Partner, the UK’s leading crowdfunding property investment platform, as the director of commercial property. He is also a partner at Ruffena Capital.