Gibson returns to Equity Insurance

Andrew Gibson, the new chief financial officer for Equity Insurance Group is
suffering the boomerang effect. Formerly chief executive for auto firm Highway
Insurance, he is rejoining Equity Insurance Group in the same role he left for
Highway. Even more confusingly, before his first stint at Equity he was again
chief exec at Highway Insurance.

Gibson, who is ICAEW qualified, will be working literally across the road
from Highway – which was sold to Liverpool Victoria Group last year for an
estimated £150m.

The market was shocked at the sudden departure of William Hill’s FD Simon
Lane, as he was instrumental in arranging the bookie’s refinancing options,
securing an estimated £539m and raising £350m through a rights issue.

He has yet to announce any new role. A spokesman for William Hill said he was
“seeking fresh challenges”.

Replacing him will be Neil Cooper, FD of Bovis Homes. Cooper has previously
worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Lane was previously FD at Center Parcs and frozen food company Albert Fisher.
Michael Taub has joined Vantis as partner, after serving as national head of
forensic services at Baker Tilly. He will work in the forensic accounting and
dispute resolution department. He has acted as an expert witness in the UK and
US tax courts, and European Court in Luxembourg. He works on fraudulent trading,
and personal injury.

Law firm McGrigors has recruited former KPMG accountants Jeremy Maynes and
David Barron to its tax disputes and investigations division. Maynes, who left
KPMG in September 2006, was previously client relationship tax partner with
particular expertise in the energy sector. Barron, who left KPMG in 2000, was
head of strategic tax. Both recently worked for KPMG on a consultancy basis. The
law firm appointed three accountants from Tenon earlier this year.

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