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Avior Hires JPMorgan's Owen as Senior Sales Trader for Equities

Avior Capital Markets (Pty) Ltd., a South African research firm and brokerage, hired Earl Owen of JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a senior sales trader. He will join on July 1.

“Earl’s experience together with Avior’s existing presence on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will add to an already successful equities, sales and trading desk,” Claudio Marchetti, head of sales and trading at the company, said in a statement.

Owen has also worked as a director at Deutsche Bank AG’s office in Johannesburg, which he joined in March 2010 after being head of trading at UBS Group AG’s South African business from February 2001, according to his LinkedIn profile page.

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Avior, which started its own stock on the JSE this month, covers more than 100 South African equities and has three sales traders and three traders, according to Marchetti.

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Citi hires two senior UBS Asia bankers for China, EMEA roles

* UBS China IB head Jiang Guorong leaving to join Citi in Sept

* UBS Asia Pacific M&A head joins Citi as EMEA M&A head

* Swiss bank lost some senior bankers in Asia in recent months (Adds UBS memo on new Asia M&A head)

By Julie Zhu and Sumeet Chatterjee

HONG KONG, June 22 (Reuters) - Two senior bankers working for UBS Group AG in Asia have left to join Citigroup Inc, adding to other top bankers who have left the Swiss bank in the region in the last few months.

Jiang Guorong, who has been with UBS for about three years and was its head of China investment banking and vice-chairman of Asia investment banking, has left to join Citi as chairman and head of the bank’s China corporate and investment banking, according to a memo sent to Citigroup staff and seen by Reuters.

Guorong is likely to start his role at Citi in September this year. A Citi spokesman in Hong Kong confirmed the content of the memo.

Separately, Citi on Thursday said it had hired Alison Harding-Jones, UBS’s head of Asia Pacific M&A, as its new head of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) M&A and vice-chairman of EMEA corporate and investment banking.

In her new role, Harding-Jones, who worked at UBS for 28 years, will focus on expanding M&A market share across the EMEA sectors and countries. She will move from Hong Kong to London, a Citi statement said.

“With her long track record of building successful M&A practices… she will be a strong asset to our team and a key part of our growth strategy,” Raymond McGuire, global head of corporate and investment banking at Citi, said.

UBS has had a number of senior level departures in Asia in the last six months.

In May, UBS lost three senior investment bankers, including its deputy head of China, Cheng Wang, who is due to join Morgan Stanley in August as vice chairman of investment banking in Asia Pacific.

Joseph Chee, one of UBS’ top dealmakers in Asia, who was the go-to banker for Chinese state and private companies seeking to raise funds in Hong Kong and the United States, left in January to set up his own fund.

In December last year, Damien Brosnan, co-head of Asia ECM at UBS, left the bank only seven months after taking up that position.

UBS said in an internal note to staff on Thursday Samson Lo, its co-head of Asia M&A, will now become the head of that business. It also named Greg Peirce and Pei Shen Chou as co-heads of its M&A advisory business in Asia Pacific.

UBS was a powerhouse in Asia equity capital markets and along with Goldman Sachs Group Inc, it dominated the league tables from 2002. But in the past two years its performance has suffered as Chinese investment banks made inroads. (Reporting by Julie Zhu, Yan Jiang and Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Jane Merriman)

Citi hires two senior UBS Asia bankers for China, EMEA roles

By Julie Zhu and Sumeet Chatterjee

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Two senior bankers working for UBS Group AG (UBSG.S) in Asia have left to join Citigroup Inc (C.N), adding to other top bankers who have left the Swiss bank in the region in the last few months.

Jiang Guorong, who has been with UBS for about three years and was its head of China investment banking and vice-chairman of Asia investment banking, has left to join Citi as chairman and head of the bank’s China corporate and investment banking, according to a memo sent to Citigroup staff and seen by Reuters.

Guorong is likely to start his role at Citi in September this year. A Citi spokesman in Hong Kong confirmed the content of the memo.

Separately, Citi on Thursday said it had hired Alison Harding-Jones, UBS’s head of Asia Pacific M&A, as its new head of EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) M&A and vice-chairman of EMEA corporate and investment banking.

In her new role, Harding-Jones, who worked at UBS for 28 years, will focus on expanding M&A market share across the EMEA sectors and countries. She will move from Hong Kong to London, a Citi statement said.

“With her long track record of building successful M&A practices… she will be a strong asset to our team and a key part of our growth strategy,” Raymond McGuire, global head of corporate and investment banking at Citi, said.

UBS has had a number of senior level departures in Asia in the last six months.

In May, UBS lost three senior investment bankers, including its deputy head of China, Cheng Wang, who is due to join Morgan Stanley (MS.N) in August as vice chairman of investment banking in Asia Pacific.

Joseph Chee, one of UBS’ top dealmakers in Asia, who was the go-to banker for Chinese state and private companies seeking to raise funds in Hong Kong and the United States, left in January to set up his own fund.

In December last year, Damien Brosnan, co-head of Asia ECM at UBS, left the bank only seven months after taking up that position.

UBS said in an internal note to staff on Thursday Samson Lo, its co-head of Asia M&A, will now become the head of that business. It also named Greg Peirce and Pei Shen Chou as co-heads of its M&A advisory business in Asia Pacific.

UBS was a powerhouse in Asia equity capital markets and along with Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N), it dominated the league tables from 2002. But in the past two years its performance has suffered as Chinese investment banks made inroads.

(Reporting by Julie Zhu, Yan Jiang and Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Jane Merriman)

Citi hires UBS banker as China head of corporate, investment banking - memo

HONG KONG, June 22 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc has appointed UBS Group AG senior China banker Jiang Guorong as its chairman and head of China corporate and investment banking, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Guorong, who will start his new role at Citi in September, most recently served as head of China investment banking and vice-chairman of Asia investment banking at UBS, according to the memo sent to staff at the U.S.-bank.

A spokesman for Citi in Hong Kong confirmed the content of the memo. A UBS spokesman did not immediately respond to request for comment. (Reporting by Julie Zhu, Yan Jiang and Sumeet Chatterjee)

'Quantico' hires 'Code Black' creator as new showrunner for season 3

Alex Parrish may be on the run, but she has a new boss.

ABC’s Quantico has found its new showrunner, and it’s Michael Seitzman, creator of CBS medical drama Code Black. Seitzman will be stepping into the new role of executive producer/showrunner for the FBI thriller’s third season.

Following its last-hour renewal despite low ratings, showrunner and creator Josh Safran announced that he would not be returning for a third season, scaling back his role to that of consulting producer. Seitzman, whose Code Black has also been renewed for a third season over on CBS, will be taking the reins, ABC confirmed to EW Wednesday. Seitzman reportedly has been working on the upcoming season and nailing down returning cast.

Thus far, ABC has confirmed that four series regulars will be returning for the third season. Priyanka Chopra will return to her star-making lead role as Alex Parrish, last seen on the run after sacrificing herself to take down Roarke (Dennis Boutsikaris). She will be joined by original cast members Jake McLaughlin and Johanna Brady, as well as last season’s addition, Blair Underwood.

McLaughlin’s Ryan was originally seen joining love interest Alex (Chopra) on the way to a new hiding place, while Johanna Brady’s Shelby called it quits with Hunter Parrish’s Clay in the midst of realizing her independence. The second season concluded with Underwood’s Owen as deputy director of the CIA, a new role that will likely come into play in the upcoming season.

In an interview following the season 2 finale, showrunner and creator Josh Safran told EW, “If there’s more to the journey, they’re all set up in the right places [to continue].”

Now, it will be up to Seitzman and the four remaining cast members to determine just where that might lead.

Kimye hire surrogate for baby no. 3

Washington D.C. [USA], Jun 21 (ANI): She may have two high-risk pregnancies, but Kim Kardashian West is not stopping at that. This time, she has considered surrogacy for baby no. 3 with Kanye West.
According to TMZ.com, the 36-year-old reality star and the Grammy-winning musician, who are already parents to daughter North West, 4, and son Saint West, 18 months, have decided to have another baby.
Because the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ star has placenta accreta, making a third pregnancy potentially life-threatening, they used an agency to hire a surrogate.
In the $113,850 deal, the couple will pay her $45k in 10 monthly instalments of $4,500; The initial deposit for this, that the married couple will pay the surrogate’s agency, is said to be a whopping $68,850.
The surrogate is required to refrain from smoking, drinking and drugs during the pregnancy. She also agrees to restrict sexual activities in the weeks leading up to the pregnancy, including foregoing sexual intercourse for 3 weeks following embryo implantation.
The surrogate cannot go in hot tubs or saunas, cannot handle or change cat litter, apply hair dye, drink more than one caffeinated beverage per day or eat raw fish.
The agreement provides that Kim and Kanye “assume the legal and parental responsibilities for any child … that may possess any congenital or other abnormalities or defects.” (ANI)

JQH Hires Jeffrey Fork as Director of Sales at Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads in Virginia

HAMPTON, Va. & SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that Jeffrey Fork is the new director of sales at the company’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads – Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Virginia. Fork brings 19 years of experience in hospitality, including in the Hampton market, to the 295-suite hotel, which is connected by a covered walkway to the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Fork will supervise this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame hotel’s sales and marketing team. Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads is owned and operated by Springfield, Missouri-based JQH, a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.

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“Jeffrey brings extensive communications and training skills to our Hampton hotel teams,” said Phill Burgess, JQH’s vice president of sales and revenue optimization. “In addition to having knowledge of the local hospitality market, he also has proven experience in food and beverage, convention services, and all aspects of sales and operations at full service hotels, making him a true asset.”

Fork’s hospitality career includes serving as complex director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront and at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Melbourne Beach Oceanfront in Florida on behalf of Westmont Hospitality Group. He was awarded Westmont Hospitality Group’s “Best Year Over Year RevPAR Growth 2014.” Fork served in several roles with Chesapeake Hospitality, including as general manager of the Crowne Plaza Wilmington North in Delaware, as general manager and director of sales and marketing of the Crowne Plaza Hampton – Marina Hotel in Virginia, and as convention services manager of the now branded DoubleTree by Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront in Florida. Fork attended The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

“I’m pleased to be back in beautiful Hampton,” Fork said. “I look forward to working with the hotel teams on offering unique packages and to collaborating with area economic, tourism and business leaders to drive demand.”

About Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads – Hotel, Convention Center & Spa

Located at 1700 Coliseum Drive, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads – Hotel, Convention Center & Spa in Virginia is connected to the Hampton Roads Convention Center via a covered walkway, providing access to more than 190,000 square feet of combined meeting space. Each spacious two-room hotel suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed and two TVs. Guests can enjoy internet access, a large desk with ergonomic chair, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave. The contemporary hotel features a fitness center and an indoor pool. Guests can start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast. A nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks is offered in the hotel’s open-air atrium. Guests can also dine at Cyprus Grille restaurant for Southern cuisine or stop by Caffeina’s cyber café, where Starbucks® coffee is served. Guests can indulge in a massage or facial at the luxurious on-site Spa Botanica. For more information about the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads, go to www.embassysuiteshampton.com, connect at www.facebook.com/EmbassySuitesHamptonRoads, or call (757) 827-8200.

About John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts

Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Centron Hires Carolyn O’Neill as Chief Creative Officer

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Centron, a full-service, wholly integrated healthcare communications firm, announced today the appointment of advertising industry veteran Carolyn O’Neill as Chief Creative Officer.

O’Neill joins Centron after spending 18 years at CDM New York in creative positions, most recently as Associate Partner, Executive Creative Director, overseeing creative vision and output for the $100 million-revenue agency. Among her thought-leading contributions to the agency, she created and led CDM Rare, a division that provided award-winning creative and strategic guidance for industry-leading brands in rare disease and biotechnology.

At Centron, O’Neill will be responsible for creative outputs from all disciplines, including creative strategy for the digital and analytics departments. She will report to Centron’s new President Celine Vita and will sit on the organization’s Executive Management Team.

“We believe that the best creative leaders in healthcare have a strong grounding in science and brand strategy, and Carolyn brings that and more to Centron,” said Marcia McLaughlin, Chief Executive Officer, Centron. “After being awarded Med Ad News agency of the year in 2016, we took a close look at our abilities and our talent pool, and I am now confident that we have innovative, creative and dynamic industry leaders to take Centron – and more importantly the work we execute for our clients – successfully into the future.”

“Creativity has never been more important in healthcare than it is today,” said O'Neill. “As medicine becomes more personalized, we also need to crack the ‘human code’ and engage with patients and customers on a more personal level than ever before. Clients want to tell a seamless brand story across stakeholders, and I believe our integrated team at Centron is uniquely positioned to develop brand ideas, actions, and communications that deliver on our clients’ business goals.”

About Centron

Centron is a full-service medical communications agency offering senior-level strategic expertise across a range of therapeutic areas in advertising, public relations, medical education and market access. Centron’s senior staff has over 300 years of combined healthcare experience and is committed to building bold, effective and synergistic communications. Centron is a HealthSTAR Communications company based in New York, NY, and Centron is also the US lead agency for the Centron Global Network. Learn more at www.centroncom.com.

About HealthSTAR Communications

HealthSTAR Communications is dedicated to helping pharmaceutical clients engage more effectively and efficiently with healthcare professionals. As a full-service communications company that has been partnering with the pharmaceutical and medical device industry for 27 years, HealthSTAR Communications maintains an innovative network designed to provide a comprehensive portfolio of healthcare marketing services. With headquarters in Mahwah, New Jersey, HealthSTAR’s subsidiaries include HealthSTAR Fusion Group, HealthSTAR Strategic Engagements, HealthSTAR Clinical Education Solutions and Centron Advertising, Medical Education, Market Access and Public Relations. Learn more at www.healthstarcom.com.

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