Alex Petit, new head of research at Global Mutual
Austen Shakespeare

This week's London appointments

Alex Petit, Global Mutual

Real estate investment firm Global Mutual has hired Alexandra Petit in the newly created role of head of research and insights.

Set to join the business on Monday September 27 Alex’s remit will span all asset classes.

Her specialist knowledge in the field of data and analytics will support decision making across the Global Mutual client roster, offering actionable insights into human behaviours.

Alex joins Global Mutual from Landsec where, as head of research, she has been responsible for developing its insight strategy and implementing analytics platforms to drive data-led decision making during her four-year tenure, reporting directly into the Landsec Executive Team.

Prior to this Alex worked at Hammerson for 10 years as group head of Insights, where her research and analysis were helped drive the commercial asset proposition and sales growth initiatives grounded in clear insights into consumer behaviour and retail trends.

Alex Petit, head of research and insights, said: “The opportunity to work within the Global Mutual team and to establish a dedicated in-house research and insights function to inform investment and operational decision making was too good to miss.

“I believe my expertise will enable me to make an immediate impact across the Global Mutual portfolio, which offers a great deal of variety in terms of geography and sectors.”

Paul Ruggier, Chaucer

Chaucer, the digital consultancy, has announced the appointment of Paul Ruggier as partner in its financial services practice in London.

Paul has over thirty years’ experience in Financial Services working with a multinational clients including HSBC, Generali, GE Capital, Deutsche Bank, Lloyd’s of London, AON and Allianz.

Paul joins Chaucer from Emergence Partners, where he was responsible for business development and delivering enterprise relationships. He also co-founded Xchanging and helped grow it to $1bn p.a. (now part of DXC Technology).

In his new role at Chaucer, Paul will help shape the company’s portfolio across banking and insurance clients in the United Kingdom, United States and beyond.

Martin Wassell, CEO of Chaucer, said: “I am delighted Paul chose to join us. “We are all looking forward to working with him to continue building our footprint in the Financial Services sector, with particular emphasis on helping clients successfully adopt proven change, costs optimisation and transformation.”

Paul said: “I’m excited about joining Chaucer, backed by BIP, and looking forward to using its vast capability and experience in digital transformation to help organisations thrive by exceeding customer expectations while at the same time meeting its operational resilience, compliance and productivity improvement objectives.”

Ross Vincent-Norgate, Europcar Mobility Group UK

Ross Vincent-Norgate joins Europcar Mobility Group UK as business development director.

Prior to this appointment, Ross Vincent-Norgate worked in the electric vehicle sector and previously as regional business sales manager for Volvo Cars UK, focusing on the corporate sector.

Ross said: “The role of the Fleet, Procurement and Business Travel Managers is more important than ever.”

“They are delivering crucial value to businesses that have significant budgets attributed to business mobility. The pressure is on for them to not only make savings but respond to environmental challenges – while keeping employees on the move.

“My aim is to help these organisations understand the flexibility and agility they can achieve through looking beyond conventional leasing solutions or outright ownership.”

Ron Santiago, managing director of Europcar Mobility Group UK added: “Ross has a good understanding of the challenges businesses are currently facing in managing employee mobility in the face of vehicle supply shortages as well as the increasing pressure to reduce emissions.

“The creation of this new role – and his appointment – will play an important part in delivering a consultative approach to the market, supporting the understanding of key decision makers in achieving improved financial flexibility and be better equipped for the requirements of their own environmental agendas.”

Peter Gore, Weston Homes

Housebuilder Weston Homes has announced the appointment of Peter Gore as group operations director.

Peter joins Weston Homes from Taylor Wimpey London where he worked for the past three years as managing director.

Peter has previously worked in delivery and construction director roles at Barratt Homes and Mount Anvil on projects ranging from traditional housing through to multi-storey projects.

Peter Gore said: “I am delighted to be joining the group at an exciting time of major growth and expansion. The business has a highly diverse range of developments, including a series of major landmark schemes commencing and many others in the pipeline.”

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