Britain's financial watchdog refreshes its top ranks

© Reuters. The logo of the new Financial Conduct Authority is seen at the agency’s headquarters in the Canary Wharf business district of London

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial watchdog announced five new appointments on Thursday to refresh its top ranks after a critical report and to speed up decision-making as the financial sector adapts to Brexit.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Stephanie Cohen will be its new chief operating officer, with Jessica Rusu becoming its first chief data, information and intelligence officer. Sarah Pritchard has been appointed executive director for markets, the FCA said.

Emily Shepperd will take up a newly created role of executive director for authorisations. The FCA has also appointed Clare Cole as director of market oversight and she will lead the watchdog’s response to a forthcoming review of UK company listings rules.

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