A round-up of the latest positions for those in finance, covering investment markets worldwide
James Witter, managing director of Merrill Lynch, has left the group after two years to join Nomura International as senior originator.
Witter will be working in the Japanese bank's UK and Netherlands debt capital markets team, reporting to Stefano Ghersi, head of international capital markets.
Before joining Merrills, Witter spent 15 years at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (then Dresdner Kleinwort Benson) in several roles including European corporate bond origination, utilities financing coverage, swaps trading, portfolio management and international corporate finance for Scandinavia and the Benelux countries.
North American investment bank BMO Nesbitt Burns has appointed Dirk Leasure as a managing director in its US debt solutions group, based in New York. The move represents the bank's focus on providing US debt products, as well as its interest in supplying the sponsor community with acquisitional capital.
Leasure joins from Goldman Sachs, where he held the position of executive director in the high-yield, leveraged finance and sponsor coverage team. His 15 years of experience in the sector also includes periods with Bears Stearns and Kidder Peabody.
Director of Euroland economics, Thomas Mayer, is to leave Goldman Sachs for Deutsche Bank in the autumn, where he will become chief European economist within the global markets division, based in London.
He replaces Carlo Monticelli, who recently left the group, and will report to global head of research, David Folkerts-Landau.
Mayer worked at Goldman Sachs for 20 years. His previous experience also includes a period as a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and at Salomon Brothers International in London.
Ulrich Beckmann, who has worked with Deutsche for 20 years, is also joining the team, reporting to Mayer and Folkerts-Landau.
Finance and Banking consultancy PTS Consulting has recruited John Vorley as head of technology.
Vorley joins from Credit Suisse with 20 years experience of senior management. His previous position was as head of IT operations for Credit Suisse's pan-European e-business initiative for high net worth clients.
His new role will be to lead PTS's activities in areas such as networks and servers, voice and data technology and infrastructure projects.
The company has also appointed Janet Simpson as a market data consultancy. Simpson has previously held the position of executive committee member of the Information Providers User Group for five years. She joins after running her own consultancy, working with clients such as Reuters and JP Morgan.
Bank of America has expanded its global foreign exchange business in London, New York and Tokyo by employing more than a dozen bankers to build its FX platform in Europe.
Appointments include Alan Collins, who joins from MarketAxess as managing director of the global foreign exchange business in Europe.
Two vice-presidents for corporate sales, Silvia Biscari and Oliver Brouet, have also been recruited by the bank. Biscari joins from the foreign exchange corporate desk at Blanca National del Laver in Rome and Brouet comes from JP Morgan Chase, where he was vice-president of the interest rate and derivatives sales group.