Career Moves this week: 17 April 2019

CA Today San Francisco
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

17 April 2019

Your weekly round-up of the CAs and other business professionals moving into new roles.

Alan Donald CA appointed CFO of Ten Lifestyle Group

Alan Donald CA has been announced as the new CFO of lifestyle and travel platform Ten Lifestyle Group, effective from July.

He joins from Thomas Cook UK & Ireland, where he is Finance Director - Tour Operating. Prior to that appointment, Alan worked in senior finance roles with Saga, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Menzies Aviation. He qualified as a CA in 1990.

Ten Lifestyle CEO Alex Cheatle commented: "I am delighted Alan is joining Ten. In addition to his rigorous commercial and financial leadership, his experience of running global high-touch and digital-services businesses, including deep travel experience, will be a huge asset to us."

Lauren Thompson CA named Partner at at James Milne Chartered Accountants

Lauren Thompson CA has been promoted to Partner at James Milne Chartered Accountants.

She has been with the firm for over 12 years and specialises in working with limited companies. Lauren qualified as a CA in 2009.

Speaking on her appointment, she said: "It is an exciting time for the firm, as through the acquisitions over the last year we have welcomed a broad spectrum of new clients, and I am looking forward to working closely with them and our existing clients."

Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) announces new CEO

Caroline Rainbird has been named the next CEO of the FSCS, due to succeed Mark Neale in he role when he departs next month.

She was previously Managing Director, Global Head of Regulatory Affairs at RBS and has over 30 years' experience in the financial services sector.

Marshall Bailey, FSCS Chairman, said: "It is a testament to the standing and reputation of the FSCS that we have been able to attract a world class leader like Caroline. Her array of financial services experience, understanding of the regulatory landscape and passion for the consumer meant she was the obvious candidate."

International Airlines Group (IAG) recruits CFO from British Airways

Steve Gunning, currently CFO of British Airways, is due to take up the role at parent company IAG in June.

He joined British Airways in 1998 and has been Acting Director of IAG Global Business Services since December 2017. Shareholders will confirm his appointment at the company AGM.

IAG CEO Willie Walsh commented: "I’d like to welcome Steve to his new role. His appointment serves as evidence of the strength and depth of the IAG leadership team."

New Commercial Director joins Funding Options

Business finance marketplace Finance Options has appointed Simon Cureton as Commercial Director.

He was a founding member of Natwest's Esme Loans and currently holds the position of Commercial Director at the digital business lending platform. Simon has also worked with RBS, AxiCorp Financial Services and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Ryan Edwards-Pritchard, Managing Director of Funding Options, said: "[Simon] has a wealth of experience in digital innovation and fintech, as well as an impressive track record managing and coaching teams.

"We know his international expertise in managing digital platforms and designing new products will be invaluable."

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