Movers & Shakers: Microsoft, Mazars, Johnston Press

Week ending 17 May 2013

Microsoft has appointed its first female chief financial officer. Amy Hood has been at the computing giant for 11 years and is currently CFO of Microsoft Office. Hood is the second woman to reach the compay's main board.

RSM Tenon Leicester managing partner Chris Darlington and three other partners at the firm are set to join Mazars. Bob Johnson, Steve English and a further unnamed partner, along with Darlington will be restricted from starting at their new employers for up to six months - due to terms of their contract at RSM Tenon.

Former Travis Perkins finance director Paul Hampden Smith is to join Pendragon as an independent non-executive director and chair of its audit committee. After a 17 year spell as FD and 22 years in total at the builders' merchants, Hampden Smith retired in February and joins the motor vehicle retailer on 23 May.

BDO has appointed KPMG partner David Fletcher to head of restructuring advisory. Fletcher was at the Big Four firm for 20 years, with the last 12 as partner.

David King has been named as Johnston Press CFO. King was previously employed by Time Out Group and was CEO until 31 July 2012. He has since been working as a consultant, including his future employers - where he will join on a permanent basis on 1 June.

Ridgeway Group has announced Daniel Taylor will take on the new position of FD. Taylor gained his chartership with Grant Thornton in 2000, becoming an insolvency partner at the firm three years later, and has led its national automotive team since 2010.

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