Chloe Shakesby

This week's London appointments

Rebecca Carré, Kaizen

Marketing agency Kaizen has announced that it has appointed Rebecca Carré as its new head of paid media.

Rebecca joins from Impression where she was the paid media lead and managed a team of executives that was named “Biddable Team of the Year 2020” by The Drum.

She commented: “I am really excited to be joining Kaizen at such a pivotal time for the agency.

“Their new service offering of paid media will bring a lot to the table for both Kaizen and their clients.

“I look forward to being a part of Kaizen’s future growth and developing a strong paid media team here.”

Jeremy McDonald, managing director at Kaizen, said: “I am thrilled to have Rebecca join us here at Kaizen.

“She is a true expert in paid media and with the experience and ability to further grow our paid media offering.”

Diginex, the disruptive impact technology company helping to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, has strengthened its board with the appointment of Dr. Tomicah Tillemann.

Tomicah Tilleman, Diginex

Diginex has announced the appointment of Dr Tomicah Tilleman to its board.

Tomicah, former executive director of the digital impact and governance initiative at New America, has spent years leading teams that work with governments and corporations worldwide to develop technology solutions to public challenges.

He also chairs the Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative, which ranks sovereign wealth and pension funds with combined assets of $20tn based on their strategies for managing social, governance, and environmental risks.

Prior to joining New America, Tillemann served as a senior advisor to Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry at the State Department and Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He joined the State Department as Hillary Clinton’s speechwriter and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches.

He also chaired the State Department’s Global Philanthropy Working Group and its federal advisory committee on engaging non-state actors.

Tomicah commented: “I am delighted to join the board of Diginex at a time when companies of all sizes are taking ownership of their environmental, social, and governance impact.

“Diginex’s technologies will help transform the way firms approach ESG issues, addressing challenges more quickly and generating significant dividends for society and the bottom line.”

Mark Blick, CEO at Diginex, added: “It is a privilege to have Dr. Tillemann join us on our Diginex journey.

“He has been working at the forefront of global policy making on sustainability for many years and this experience will be invaluable as Diginex continues to scale rapidly, helping all businesses to approach ESG in a tangible and impactful way.”

Carolyn Shuetz, OakNorth Bank

OakNorth Bank has announced the appointment of Carolyn Schuetz to its board as a non-executive director.

With over 30 years of global financial services experience, Carolyn is an industry veteran with a track record of delivering large-scale transformational change and creating new ventures.

Early in her career, she started and scaled her own business, Cypress Knowledge, a corporate consultancy advising senior executives at early stage financial and technology companies in Silicon Valley on strategy, funding and business development.

Carolyn also worked with Charles Schwab & Co to help build their first-generation digital brokerage services platform.

For the past 16 years, she was at HSBC, most recently as the chief operating officer for group retail banking and wealth management.

Joel Perlman, co-founder of OakNorth Bank, commented: “Carolyn has several decades of varied and highly relevant experience across technology and financial services.

“She also has experience as an entrepreneur which is clearly aligned with our mission and the customers we serve.

“We are excited to be welcoming her to the board and look forward to her valuable contribution.”

Carolyn Schuetz added: “Having started and scaled my own business, I’m acutely aware of the challenges business owners face when it comes to accessing fast, flexible finance.

“This is one of the primary reasons that OakNorth’s mission and unique approach really resonates with me.

“I’ve been following the bank’s incredible growth story for the last few years and am excited to now be a part of it. I look forward to working with the team and supporting entrepreneurs in their growth ambitions.”

Kate Selwyn, Rosalie Shepherd and Ryan Mitchell, Forresters

Intellectual property firm Forresters has announced that it has appointed three new patent attorneys after they passed their exams.

Kate Selwyn and Dr Rosalie Shepherd, who are already UK qualified associates of the firm, have passed their European Qualifying Examinations (EQEs) to become fully qualified European patent attorneys.

At the same time trainee Dr Ryan Mitchell passed his UK finals and EQEs to also become a dual UK and European patent attorney and associate within the firm.

Kate commented: “I am delighted to have passed all of my EQE exams thereby qualifying as a European Patent Attorney.

“It has been a difficult 18 months with the cancellation of the exams in 2020 due to Covid-19, having to revise for the exams whilst the UK was in lockdown, and having to adapt to the new online format of the exams.

“Therefore, I am very pleased to have passed all the exams despite the challenging circumstances.”

Rosalie said: “I am thrilled to have passed all of the EQE final exams and to now be a qualified European Patent Attorney.

“Sitting the exams during lockdown and getting to grips with the technology requirements that came with sitting the exams online added an extra challenge, and needless to say it is such a relief to have passed.”

Ryan added: “After five years of working at Forresters, numerous exams and a global pandemic, I am delighted to have passed all of my EQE final exams.

“Exam preparation is never easy, but adding a year’s long delay due to Covid-induced cancellation of the 2020 exams and a new online 2021 exam format to the mix made the preparations all the more challenging.

“Thus, I am very happy to have come out the other side a qualified UK and European patent attorney. Congratulations to all my colleagues also celebrating exam passes.”

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