by Baz Hiralal
Oppenheimer & Co. added David Brown as a managing director and head of capital markets origination, and Robert Cramer as a managing director, specialty finance.
Brown was a managing director at Barclays plc, working in global finance in its investment banking division. He previously spent 11 years at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he worked in corporate finance and equity capital markets. Brown is based in New York.
For the past 12 years, Cramer has been a managing director in RBC Capital Markets LLC's financial services group. He will work from Oppenheimer's investment banking office in Boston.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc named Donald Workman as executive chairman of Asia-Pacific, succeeding John McCormick. Workman has been with RBS for 21 years, most recently as head of the asset protection scheme unit.
McCormick, who joined RBS 17 years ago, will leave the firm. CEO Stephen Hester praised McCormick for his work in the region, including on the integration of ABN Amro, the divestment of its retail and commercial business and the restructuring of the markets and international banking business.
Randall Renneisen joined Janney Montgomery Scott LLC's Greenville, Del., branch office as executive vice president, wealth management. He oversees about $195 million in client assets and will be joined by vice president Robert Fischer and private client assistant Susan McDermott.
Renneisen spent four years at Morgan Stanley and was with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. from 2006 through 2009. Before that, he worked with Legg Mason from 1988 to 2006.
Dubai International Financial Centre appointed Brett Schafer as CEO, DIFC Properties. Nabil Ramadhan, who has been acting chief executive of DIFC Properties since a restructuring in July, will continue as chief operating officer of DIFC Authority. Schafer has been president of OptiProp Asset Management Ltd. and a senior managing director at Al Futtaim Group Real Estate, where he worked from March 2004 to July 2010. He spent the previous 10 years at Thomas Consultants Inc., where he was CEO, and 6-1/2 years at Coreprop Retail Group Ltd.
Barclays plc made Haidar Hammoud head of wealth and investment management, Abu Dhabi. Prior to joining Barclays late last year, Hammoud was a director at Deutsche Bank Asset Management, where he worked from September 2008.
Real estate investment manager Clarion Partners LLC hired Kerrisha Jenkins as a vice president in Los Angeles. Alongside director Khalif Edwards, she will manage client relationships, working with institutional investors in the western U.S. Most recently at Mercer Investment Consulting, Jenkins advised pension plans on investment policy, investment structure and asset allocation as well as manager selection.
Matthew Kluchenek joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner to lead the firm's North American derivatives practice from its Chicago office. He advises on derivatives, including futures, swaps, options, forwards and other financial instruments. He was a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP.
Kluchenek is also founder and owner of Mind's Eye Winery LLC, a producer of Napa Valley wines.
Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP said insurance recovery litigators Jerold Oshinsky and Linda Kornfeld are joining the firm as partners and will launch its Los Angeles office. They were partners at Jenner & Block LLP, where Oshinsky was co-chair of the insurance litigation and counseling practice. Kornfeld will be head of Kasowitz's Los Angeles office.
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association appointed former three-term U.S. Sen. Judd A. Gregg (1993 to 2011) as its chief executive. SIFMA also named former U.S. Representative and SIFMA acting president and chief executive Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr. as its president.
Gregg is a co-chair of the bipartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt and served on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility. Prior to joining the U.S. Senate, he served two terms as governor of New Hampshire and four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bentsen has been executive vice president of public policy and advocacy since 2009, overseeing SIFMA's legal, legislative and regulatory affairs. Prior to SIFMA, Bentsen was president of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. From 1995 to 2003, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, where he sat on the House Financial Services Committee and on the House Budget Committee. Earlier, he was an investment banker at Drexel Burnham Lambert and George K. Baum & Co. from 1987 to 1995.
Real estate investment manager Clarion Partners LLC hired Kerrisha Jenkins as a vice president in Los Angeles.