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Job Bank – Nov.20


The following financial services industry appointments were announced on November 20, linked where possible to personal profiles on LinkedIn. To inform us of other job changes, please e-mail


Bryan Marsal will take over as Chief Executive of Lehman Brother’s Holdings, Inc at close of business December 31, 2008 according to court testimony by Harvey Miller, an attorney representing the firm. At a U.S. bankruptcy court hearing in Manhattan today, Miller said the firm’s board of directors had approved the appointment. Marsal, who is currently the chief restructuring officer of the firm, will replace Richard Fuld as company CEO.


Neil Petroff has been named Executive Vice-President, Investments and Chief Investment Officer of the Toronto-based Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (Teachers’), replacing the retiring Robert Bertram, effective by year’s end. He is currently group senior vice-president of investments. Prior to joining Teachers’ in 1990, Bertram spent 18 years at Telus Corporation, formerly Alberta Government Telephone.


David B. Yates has been named Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategies Coordinator at the Hermitage, Pa-based First National Bank. Yates is also tapped to lead the bank’s private banking business segment. He will report to Vincent J. Delie, Jr., president of the banking group.

Job Bank – Nov.5


The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Nov. 5, linked where possible to personal profiles on LinkedIn. To inform us of other job changes, please e-mail


Lehman Brothers Holdings Chief Executive Richard Fuld will step down from that post by year’s end, a spokesman for the bankrupt financial firm said. Fuld will continue as nonmanagement chairman of the board after leaving. A new CEO was not named.

Job Bank – Oct. 30


The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Oct. 30, linked where possible to personal profiles on LinkedIn. To inform us of other job changes, please email

London Stock Exchange on Thursday appointed former Lehman banker John Wilson as chief executive of Baikal and promised to announce a revised plan for the pan-European nondisplay, or ‘dark pool’ platform in a few weeks.

Wall Street’s high-profile ‘job jumpers’



The New York Times’ Dealbook takes a look at some of Wall Street’s biggest movers and shakers as they have played musical chairs in the last few months:


Days after Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, it emerged that Mr. Shafir, a global cohead of mergers and acquisitions, was leaving for Citigroup. Mr. Shafir stayed long enough to help sell Lehman’s United States capital-markets business to Barclays.

Lehman staffers clog banks’ hiring pipelines


lehman-man-2.jpgWall Street banks are seeing a glut of resumes from Lehman Brothers, as staff there are contacting colleagues at other firms directly to find new jobs after their investment bank went bankrupt. Some banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse, have told headhunting firms looking to find jobs for former Lehman Brothers employees that they will not pay the firms for putting them in touch with these job candidates, because they are already inundated with direct applications.

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, which filed for bankruptcy last week, has 26,000 employees. About 10,000 have been given jobs through at least the end of the year, after Barclays Capital bought Lehman’s North American capital markets business and other assets.

Nomura moves to lock in Lehman’s Asia group


nomura.jpgHONG KONG, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nomura Holdings plans to match last year’s bonus pool for Lehman Brothers’ Asia group, according to sources familiar with the matter, in an effort to prevent Lehman bankers from leaving.

The move is also aimed at showing Nomura’s commitment to Lehman bankers, who are still reeling from the collapse of the 158-year old New York institution.

Weekend Roundup


Wall Street Journal: China Investment Corp. Wants You
Job-seeking Wall Street types don’t have a lot of options. Cutbacks have eliminated tens of thousands of jobs. The number of investment banks narrows seemingly by the day. How about going to work for China? China Investment Corp., Beijing’s $200 billion sovereign wealth fund, is launching a new round of recruiting, aiming to fill more than 30 spots from macroeconomic research to stock picking.

The Guardian: Bidders raise hope for UK Lehman jobs
Administrators of Lehman Brothers were racing last night to save up to 3,000 City jobs by selling the UK operations to potential bidders believed to include Barclays and Japan’s Nomura.

Wall Street job losses may be Asia’s gain


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MUMBAI/SHANGHAI: Within hours of Bank of America agreeing to buy Merrill Lynch this week, Indian financial services firm Ambit hired five Merrill executives, a sign that Asia hopes to gain from massive Wall Street layoffs.

For China and India, whose economies are still expanding at well over 7 percent, the global financial industry crisis makes it easier to recruit bankers who are brushing off their resumes.

Lehman, AIG workers get one break in Chicago


CHICAGO (Reuters) – Employees of Lehman Brothers and insurance giant AIG looking to cry in their beer following a week of turmoil at the troubled companies can at least find a half-priced drink at one Chicago restaurant.

“Everybody is freaking out. We wanted to do something to make their day a little better,” said Scott Weiner, co-owner of The Fifty/50 restaurant that is offering half-off bar and restaurant tabs for anyone who can prove they work or worked for AIG or Lehman Brothers.