This week's London appointments
Julie Greyling, Pickerings Lifts
Lift maintenance and repair business Pickerings Lifts has promoted Julie Greyling to customer support manager covering North and East London.
Julie joined the company in 2018 as repairs manager with nine years’ experience in the lift industry. Before joining Pickerings Lifts, she worked in the accounting sector as a financial controller.
Julie’s responsibilities in her new role will include programming work, liaising with customers and managing office staff and engineers.
She said: “I’m delighted to have become customer support manager at such an exciting time for Pickerings Lifts and I’m looking forward to applying the managerial and technical skills I’ve learned through my career to this role.”
Chris Lamontagne, Teespring
Ecommerce platform Teespring has appointed Chris Lamontagne as its new CEO.
Previously VP of commercial, Chris joined the firm in 2016 and initially worked at the London office.
Before Teespring, he worked as head of growth at on-demand ride-sharing app Gett and, more recently, led growth team at private investment fund Hambro Perks.
Chris said: “I am thrilled to be able to lead Teespring through this exciting next phase of our businesses evolution.
“The last two years have been challenging, but incredibly rewarding. None of this would have been possible without the outstanding group of people we have across the business.”
He continued: “In particular, our executive team have shown stellar leadership throughout. 2019 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for all of the Teespring Community.”
Yann Halka, Adecco
The Adecco Group UK&I, part of HR firm Adecco Group, has appointed Yann Halka as its new chief financial officer.
Yann has held a range of key positions with Adecco in France and Switzerland over the last 10 years, most recently as VP of budgeting and management reporting, based in Zurich.
Prior to joining Adecco, he worked in various corporate and operational finance roles with oil and gas industry contractor Saipem and telecommunications firm Orange.
Yann said: “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity in a new country for a business that I know well. The Adecco Group UK&I’s performance is already exemplary, and I’m excited to work with the rest of the team to improve this further.
“With customer experience now more important than ever, we’ll be focusing on streamlining the business further to truly focus on individual clients and candidates.”
Alex Fleming, president and country head of the Adecco Group UK&I, commented: “With Yann having worked at the Adecco Group for over a decade, he has an unrivalled experience of the business and industry.
“As our industry continues to change, it’s great to have a CFO on board who is not just focused on innovation and transformation, but also focused on making sure we keep evolving to match the needs of our clients and candidates.”
Robert Still and Richard O’Brien, Hampshire Trust Bank
Hampshire Trust Bank (HTB) has relaunched its asset finance division as specialist business finance and announced two appointments.
The division will now provide structured asset finance to complement its existing core offering, with Robert Still and Richard O’Brien appointed to lead the structured asset finance business.
Both have joined HTB from Amicus Asset Finance, where they helds the roles of director of business development and business development manager respectively.
Based in London, they will reported to Jon Maycock, specialist business finance division managing director.
Jon Maycock said: “This relaunch has been implemented to broaden and develop HTB’s proposition.
“We are expanding into new markets and investing in specialist expertise which will drive the delivery of flexible and innovative solutions for our new and existing business partners. This strategy will help us achieve our long-term ambition of becoming the go-to bank in our chosen markets. I am pleased to welcome Robert and Richard to the team.
He continued: “This next stage in our growth trajectory sees us build on our strengths and unique market position as our team of experts and range of specialist services expand.”
Claire Limon, Openwork
Openwork bolsters commitment to financial adviser growth with senior appointment
Financial advice network Openwork has appointed Claire Limon as head of recruitment and development.
In her new role, Claire will be looking to drive the growth of Openwork’s wealth advisers across the business, with responsibility for increasing the number of holistic advisers in the network and supporting the adviser training and development programme.
Claire, who has over 20 years’ financial services experience, was previously employed by Openwork’s protection-only business, Owl Financial.
Openwork wealth and platform director Mike Morrow said: “As we enter 2019, the continued expansion and development of our financial advice provision across the country remains a crucial strategic objective.
“Claire’s leadership, appetite for innovation and tremendous industry expertise will be instrumental as we look to leverage the full breadth of our capabilities across the network, and ultimately deliver to the needs of our clients.”
He added: “We’re thrilled to have someone of Claire’s experience on board.”
Claire commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Openwork at such an exciting time of growth. I’m passionate about providing existing advisers with the opportunities to develop and committed to nurturing new talent.”