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Job Bank – Nov.18

November 18, 2008

The following financial services industry appointments were announced on November 18, linked where possible to personal profiles on LinkedIn. To inform us of other job changes, please contact: moves@thomsonreuters.com.

FARMERS GROUP, INC.

Paul Hopkins has been named chairman of the board of Farmers Group, Inc., a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services Group. Hopkins is currently the chief executive officer of the firm and will be replaced by Bob Woudstra, currently the president and chief operating officer for Farmers Group, Inc.

SUNWEST BANK

Chris Walsh has been named executive vice president and chief banking officer of the Tustin, California-based Sunwest Bank.

MORGAN STANLEY

Morgan Stanley has appointed Naresh Naik as an executive director and head of asset management for its Indian real estate unit.

EVERCORE PARTNERS INC

The U.S. merger advisory boutique named Jeff Maurer to lead its newly launched Evercore Wealth Management (EWM). It also appointed Fred Taylor as a senior adviser to EWM. Maurer was previously with Lehman Brothers. Prior to that, both were with U.S. Trust Corp.

MMV FINANCIAL INC

The specialty finance firm appointed April Young as senior vice president and managing director. She will be based in Reston, Virginia, and will join on Dec. 1. Young was earlier with Comerica Bank.

STATE STREET GLOBAL ADVISORS (SSgA)

The investment management arm of State Street Corp promoted Kelly Driscoll to head of SSgA Asia ex Japan. She will be based in Hong Kong.

RBC CAPITAL MARKETS

The corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada named Brian Jackson as senior strategist in its Global Emerging Markets Research team. Jackson, who will be based in Hong Kong, was previously with Drake Capital.

SKS MICROFINANCE

The Indian microfinance institution appointed Suresh Gurumani as chief executive. He was formerly with Barclays.

CARLTON PARTNERS LLP

The independent private merchant banking group hired Philip Swatman to its Advisory Board effective immediately. Swatman was previously with N M Rothschild & Sons.

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