MOVES- Miton Group, Raymond James, LPL Financial, BNY Mellon Corp

Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:03pm EDT

March 12 (Reuters) - The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Wednesday. To inform us of other job changes, email to moves@thomsonreuters.com.

MITON GROUP PLC

The asset management group appointed Mark Wright as regional sales manager for the Midlands. Wright was previously a portfolio manager and investment analyst at AFH Wealth Management.

RAYMOND JAMES FINANCIAL INC

Raymond James Financial's brokerage unit said on Wednesday that it hired veteran adviser Joanne Astle and her team from Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit for its San Diego office.

LPL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS

LPL, one of the fastest-growing U.S. broker-dealer, has terminated employment agreements for its top executives but sweetened some of their benefits, according to a regulatory filing. LPL's decision to eliminate employment contracts for Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Casady, President Robert Moore and Chief Financial Officer Dan Arnold as of Feb. 24 had nothing to do with executive performance, but was meant to align the firm "more closely with market practices."

THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CORP

The investment manager hired Kevin Afnan as a senior director for business development in BNY Mellon Wealth Management's Cleveland and Columbus offices. Before joining the firm in January, Afnan worked with RS Investments as a regional vice president of sales for the Ohio and Michigan markets.

The firm also appointed Kristofer Reddaway as senior director for business development in BNY Mellon Wealth Management's Newport Beach office. Prior to joining the firm in February, he was executive managing director and founding partner of Newport Beach-based Capstone Financial Group, where he specialized in helping affluent clients build and manage wealth plans.

BLACKROCK

The investment management company appointed Simon Pardoe as head of defined contribution (DC) proposition to develop bundled and investment-only UK workplace DC services for employers and their employees. Pardoe joins from Legal and General.

PIONEER INVESTMENTS

The asset manager added a new member to its North America institutional sales team, naming Brian Burke the vice president of institutional business development and consultant relations. Before this, Burke was director of institutional sales and consultant relations at Monarch Partners.

MEKETA INVESTMENT GROUP

The U.S.-based investment consultant and advisory firm said it appointed Michael Dean as head of real assets and Christopher Tehranian as senior vice president, head of infrastructure research.

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