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Job Bank – Nov. 25

November 25, 2008

The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Nov. 25, linked where possible to personal profiles on LinkedIn. To inform us of other job changes, please e-mail


UK-based lender Standard Chartered Plc appointed Ebenezer Essoka as chief executive officer of its operations in South Africa. Cameroon-born Essoka, currently CEO of Standard Chartered’s west African business, will succeed Chris Low with immediate effect.


Nomura today said it has appointed David Bizer as Head of Global Markets Sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa, effective immediately. Prior to his appointment, Bizer was head of fixed income sales for the same region at Lehman Brothers.


UBS Global Asset Management (Japan) Ltd appointed Susumu Okamura as president and representative director, effective immediately. Okamura was most recently head of the institutional marketing and products for UBS Global Asset Management (Japan).


PLUS Markets Group appointed Rachel Maguire as its new head of strategic development and marketing. Maguire was earlier with RiskMetrics Group, where she was international head of governance account management.


Collins Stewart Fund Management, the unit of Collins Stewart Wealth Management, appointed Collette Wisener-Keating to head product development. Keating will be responsible for fund development, fund registration in new markets and fund operations.


RBC Wealth Management appointed Brenda Vince as head of Wealth Management Strategy, effective February 1, 2009. Vince is currently president of RBC Asset Management and will be replaced by Doug Coulter. Canada’s biggest bank also appointed Damon Williams as president of investment management unit Phillips Hager & North, in addition to an expansion of his current role as head of Institutional Management for PH&N.


The insurance group said David H. Long, 47, will succeed Thomas C. Ramey, 65, as chairman and president of Liberty International. Long is currently president of the company’s commercial insurance business unit. J. Paul Condrin, 47, currently president for personal lines, will take over as president of commercial lines; and Timothy M. Sweeney, 43, now executive vice president of distribution for personal lines, will become that unit’s president. The changes will become effective January 1, 2009, but Ramey will remain as chairman until mid 2009.


Charles G. Goldman was appointed president of Institutional Platforms for Fidelity Institutional Products Group. Goldman, a former executive vice president and head of Schwab Institutional, will join the firm in early 2009 and report to Michael K. Clark, president of Fidelity Institutional Products Group.


Soleil Securities Corp, a provider of equity research and brokerage services, added three new analysts to its platform. Harry Fong, most recently a senior analyst at Calyon Securities, will cover the insurance industry. In addition, Kit Konolige, who has covered global electric utilities for First Boston and Morgan Stanley, will follow large-cap utilities. Manoj Garg will be covering healthcare companies within the pharmaceuticals, biotech, and life sciences groups.

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