by Baz Hiralal
James Hemmer will join Robert W. Baird & Co.'s investment banking financial services team as a managing director. He will join the firm's Chicago office from Sandler O'Neill & Partners LP, where he was a managing director and oversaw Midwest investment banking clients, advising on mergers and acquisitions and equity transactions for banks and thrifts since 2003. Prior to Sandler, he was a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he held a similar role, focusing on Lehman's Midwest bank and thrift relationships. Hemmer also worked at McDonald Investments and the Chicago Corp.
Morgan Joseph TriArtisan LLC recruited Stephen Robb as a managing director for its consumer, retail and leisure investment banking practice. Robb was most recently founder and partner at Leap Advisors LLC, chief financial officer of Urban Cottage Design and a managing director at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., where he was head of the retail, consumer and restaurant investment banking group. Earlier, Robb spent 14 years at Credit Suisse Group, which he joined in 1994.
Blake Macaskill was appointed managing director of CIT Canada. Macaskill was with De Lage Landen, a subsidiary of Rabobank, where he was responsible for the office technology business. Prior to DLL, he held senior positions with General Electric Co.'s GE Capital Vendor Finance and GE Capital Fleet Services.
Credit Suisse Group's Matt Dillig and Ted Bowen joined HighTower, an adviser-owned financial services firm serving wealthy families and institutional clients. They are partners and managing directors. They manage about $1 billion for ultra-high-net-worth families. Both have worked for Credit Suisse since 2008 and, prior to that, were with Merrill Lynch & Co.'s private banking and investment group.
In Hong Kong, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc brought in Louis Kuijs as chief economist, China. He was a project director, coordinating the Fung Global Institute's research on growth models of China and India. In September 2011, he joined MF Global Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong as chief economist for Asia. Before that, Kuijs worked at the World Bank office in Beijing, where he was a senior economist for seven years. From 1997 to 2004, Kuijs was an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington.
In Singapore, RBS tapped Enrico Tanuwidjaja, who joins as Southeast Asia economist. He was a currency strategist at Maybank Group.
Institutional investment manager Intech Investment Management LLC hired John Brown as head of global client development, based in the firm's headquarters in West Palm Beach, Fla. Brown spent six years at Hartford Investment Management Co., where he was a managing director on the sales, marketing and product development team. Before that, he was with Fortis Investments in Boston as an executive vice president and head of customer service and business development for North America. Brown was also director of sales at PanAgora Asset Management in Boston and spent 11 years with Fidelity Investments in San Francisco and Boston. He began his career in 1986 at Aetna Capital Management LLC in San Francisco and Seattle.
Intech is an independently managed subsidiary of Janus Capital Group Inc.
In New York, Kirkland & Ellis LLP added Taurie Zeitzer as a partner in the corporate practice group. Zeitzer joins the firm from Latham & Watkins LLP. She focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and complex corporate transactions.
Separately, Kristofer Swanson joined PwC's U.S. forensic services practice as a partner. Swanson was a managing director in the disputes and investigations practice at Navigant Consulting Inc. and a member of the senior leadership team and its global operating committee.
Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, a law and government relations firm in New York, hired Thomas Mohen as a partner. He was formerly a partner at Mohen & Treacy LLP.
Mary Berner was named president and CEO of MPA , the Association of Magazine Media. Most recently, Berner was president and CEO of Reader's Digest Association Inc. and a member of its board from 2007 (when it was privatized) to 2011, during which time she helped guide RDA through bankruptcy, launched 83 websites and 31 mobile applications. A group of hedge funds took a 31.64% stake in 2011 and replaced most of the board -- she was gone shortly after that
Clippings from the next column:
-- Rothschild Inc.'s Laurence Grafstein joins UBS Investment Bank as a managing director and co-head of M&A in the Americas.
-- Barclays plc appoints Cedric Lizin as head of the independent asset managers segment, Asia Pacific.
-- TA Associates hires Ethan Liebermann, Emily McGinty and Jason Mironov.
-- KPMG makes five additions to its alternative investment funds practice: Ted Carreiro, Laura Thompson, Angela Yu, Michael Richards and Phillip DeSalvo.
Kristofer Swanson joined PwC's U.S. forensic services practice as a partner. Swanson was a managing director in the disputes and investigations practice at Navigant.