07 October 2015

Around the house

The latest moves from around the globe.

By Bernard Goyder

Rachel Huf takes over from Simon Croxford as the GC for Barclays' Asia-Pacific operations, following the latter's departure to London to become Europe, Middle East and Africa investment GC. She will be based in Hong Kong. 

The top salt producer for North America and the UK, Compass Minerals, has appointed Diana Toman as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Ms Toman joins the New York listed salt sellers from General Cable Corporation, were she was also GC. She will direct Compass Minerals' corporate governance, M&A activity, compliance procedures and litigation oversight. 

Katherine Gates becomes GC and chief compliance officer at both SunCoke Energy and SunCoke Energy Partners. The firms supply the steel industy with fuel in the US, India and Brazil. Ms Gates replaces outgoing GC Denise Cade, who has left to join an unnamed Fortune 1000 company. John DiRocco becomes deputy GC at the SunCoke companies, which sell 45 million tons of coal each year.

'Digital currency pioneer' Patrick Murck, GC at the Bitcoin Foundation, leaves to join Washington DC-based law firm Pillsbury. He will work under Marco Santori in Pillsbury's digital currency focus team. Banks and financial technology firms are exploring the possibility of deploying the security architecture used in Bitcoin, known as 'blockchain', in financial transactions. 

Meanwhile in the UK, payments pioneer Worldpay is losing its GC Matthew Griffith, who joins mid-sized law firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC). Mr Griffith has successfully steered Worldpay through six acquisitions since he joined in 2012 and leaves the transactions business as it heads for its IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

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