Sayer, 42, has spent his entire career with Lazards. Since 1992 he has advised on a number of major international mergers and acquisitions for both European and American clients. His experience spans financial and strategic aspects of corporate clients' multinational growth strategies, with particular emphasis on the technology, telecom and media sectors. He has also advised French companies on financial and capital transactions in France and throughout Europe. Brian Hehir has been appointed a vice-chairman in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. Hehir, who has been with Merrill for 20 years, latterly as head of stock underwriting, will focus on winning business from companies û particularly stock-related transactions such as spin-offs of subsidiaries and sales of large stakes. Salomon Smith Barney has appointed Mike Wood as a director in European retail and consumer investment banking franchise. He will report to Theodore Kuh, managing director, who set up the franchise in August when he transferred to London from San Francisco. He joins from SG Hambros. Also at Salomon Smith Barney, Mark Long and Robin Phillips, both managing directors, have been appointed to co-head the transportation group in Europe. They will report to Michael Klein and Edward Miller, co-heads of the European Investment Bank. Salomon has also appointed Colin Campbell as vice-president, reporting to Long and Phillips. Long joins the firm from Merrill Lynch where he was head of transport finance for European debt capital markets. Phillips joins from Warburg Dillon Read where he was global head of airports. Campbell was previously with Warburg Dillon Read where he was director focusing on aviation-related origination and execution.