Jan Maarten de Jong, head of the international division at ABN Amro, has been appointed head of Europe, filling the post left empty by the promotion of Rijkman Groenink to chairman. ABN Amro has also announced the appointment of the following senior executive vice-presidents (SEVPs) within the European division: Henk Rutgers, currently SEVP for Netherlands sales, will assume responsibility for client management in the Netherlands and Belgium Sergio Lires Rial, presently SEVP and chief executive of Asia Pacific, will be responsible for client management in the other EU countries and Switzerland Dolf Collee, currently SEVP of commercial development for the Netherlands, will assume responsibility for business development. Hans ten Cate, who is the SEVP of credits and special finance, Netherlands division, will take responsibility for European risk management Gerard Hartsink, presently executive vice-president, product development in the Netherlands division, will be promoted to SEVP and will assume responsibility for operations. Roy Leighton is to replace Sir Michael Jenkins as chairman of the Futures and Options Association (FOA). Leighton is chairman of the European Advisory Board of Credit Lyonnais. The FOA has also appointed Nick Carew Hunt and Rudolf de Soet to the board. Carew Hunt is Liffe's market secretary, while de Soet is a board member of Amsterdam Exchanges. Christopher Duffett has been appointed chairman of the Association of Investment Trust Companies (AITC). Duffett was previously deputy chairman of the AITC and chaired the association's Regulation and Legal Committee. He succeeds Andrew Barker, director of Foreign and Colonial Management, who retired as chairman on completion of his two-year term of office. Michael Allen has returned to the board of Alliance and Leicester, the former building society, after an 18-month absence. A&L Treasurer David Bennett has also been promoted to the main board. Matt Ridley has been appointed non-executive deputy chairman of Northern Rock. He was formerly a science journalist at The Economist. Dresdner Kleinwort Benson's Corporate Services Group has appointed Peter Owen as chief executive, while Michael Davies remains as chairman. Diana Cornish, who is responsible for all UK operations, has been promoted to the board, while Jacques Liget has been recruited to run the Groups' French operations under the chairmanship of Giles Avenel. Owen is a former main board director of Sun Life and Provincial Holdings. Andy Clapham has been appointed managing director of Nikko Principal Investments, the European principal investment arm of Nikko Securities. Clapham was previously managing director of securitisation and principal finance at Greenwich NatWest. Bank Austria has appointed Wolfgang Habermayer and Wolfram Littich to its management board. Habermayer is currently a management board member of Deutsche Bank's Austrian unit, while Littich is an executive at the Vienna Stock Exchange. Bank Austria board member Gerhard Novy will retire on April 4, 2000. Erhard Arent has been appointed to the board of Düsseldorf-based broker Boersenmakler Schnigge. Arent is a managing director of Deutsche Bank's global investment banking division. Klaus Hinkel, a divisional director at private bank Merck Finck & Co, is to head Schnigge's IPO and investments division.