PEOPLE MOVES: Novia Global, Quaero Capital, Intertrust

Novia Global

Novia Global, the international arm of Bath-based UK and international platform services provider Novia Financial, has named Darren Moth business development manager, a new position at the company, as it expands its sales and support team.

Moth, below right, comes to Novia Gobal from Money Wise, an advisory firm based in Bath, which recently merged with Fidelius, also headquartered in the city.

Moth’s previous roles with other companies and advisory firms over his 11-year financial services career have included wealth management co-ordinator, paraplanner and practice manager. He holds a diploma in financial planning and a certificate in discretionary investment management, and is currently studying for his Chartered Financial Planner exam.

First Names Group

First Names Group, the Isle of Man-based provider of trusts, funds and corporate services, has named Stuart Dowding managing director of its Hong Kong operations.

First Names didn’t immediately say whether the position was a new one, or whether he succeeded someone else.

Dowding began his career with First Names Group in its Guernsey office, where he looked after a private client portfolio, and was responsible for business development in the jurisdiction. He relocated to Hong Kong in February, to head up a team driving growth in the region, the company said in a statement announcing his promotion.

He became a First Names employee when the company acquired Guernsey-based Mercator Trust in 2014.

As managing director Dowding will be responsible for running the Hong Kong office, and will work closely with First Names’s Singapore managing director, Karen O’Hanlon, First Names said.

Deutsche Bank Australia, NZ

Anthony Miller, a Hong Kong-based Goldman Sachs partner and co-head of its Asia Pacific investment banking division financing group, has been named chief executive officer for Deutsche Bank’s Australia and New Zealand business.

He succeeds the retiring Michael Ormaechea, who, as previously announced, is retiring after 22 years with the German banking group.

Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2012, he ran Goldman’s financing group for Australia and New Zealand, having joined Goldman Sachs in 2001.

In his new role with Deutsche Bank, Miller will be based in Sydney, and will oversee all of Deutsche Bank’s activities in Australia. He reports to Werner Steinmüller, Deutsche Bank’s CEO for Asia Pacific and member of the bank’s management board, and to James McMurdo, head of Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific corporate and investment banking operations.

Deutsche Bank has around 750 employees in Australia, and specialises in such services as fixed income, foreign exchange, equities and corporate finance, and a growing business in global transaction banking.

QUAERO Capital

QUAERO Capital, the Geneva-based asset manager, has named Francesco Samson group chief operating officer. The appointment took effect earlier this month.

QUAERO didn’t say who Samson succeeds in the role, which sees him based in the firm’s Geneva offices.

Samson joins from the Geneva office of Jersey’s Brevan Howard hedge fund business, where he had been head and chief operating officer of that outpost, and a member of the executive committee of Brevan Howard Investment Products Ltd.

Among his previous roles was a stint at Nyon-based EIM SA, where he was partner, group chief operating officer and a member of the executive committee.

BNP Paribas

Pierre Vrielinck has been named chief executive of BNP Paribas Wealth Management’s Asia Pacific operation, among a number of changes at the wealth management arm of the French banking group. He succeeds Mignonne Cheng, currently chairman and CEO, in the role; Cheng continues as chairman, BNP  Paribas said in a statement.

Cheng, a 26-year veteran of BNP Paribas, had been Asia Pacific CEO for more than six years, during which time the operation  “more than doubling assets under management”, the company said.

Vrielinck brings more than 20 years of banking experience to his new role; most recently he was chief executive of BNP Paribas Wealth Management in Switzerland and emerging markets.

Also at BNP Paribas Wealth Management, Hubert Musseau was named CEO of the division’s Switzerland and emerging markets operations, while Francois Dacquin was named CEO of its Luxembourg and International Europe business.


Intertrust, the Amsterdam-based international trust and corporate services company, has promoted four of its executives to client-facing directors.

Roger Bolan, Alex Di Santo, Shane Hugill and Stephen Langan have all been promoted to directors across Intertrust’s private wealth, funds, capital markets and performance and rewards management service lines.

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