Mark Bogard has over 20 years experience in financial services having run Barclays' retail funds business and then built up Moneyextra, an aggregator website focused on mortgages and savings that was sold to Bristol & West Plc.
Cook will report to Rob Leach, former partner and portfolio manager at SAC Global Investors LLP, said two of the people, who declined to be identified because the plans are private.
The cuts are part of plans announced by chief executive Stuart Gulliver last year to slash 30,000 jobs, or 10% of the bank's global workforce, by 2013.
Speed, who has spent 20 years in the industry, joins BlackRock from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was previously a senior actuary in the pensions and insurance solutions team, responsible for proposing client solutions.
The promotions underline Saffery Champness’ growing strength in the sports and entertainment industry, as well as reinforcing the firm’s commitment to the international business community, serviced nationally and through its membership of the
He joins from Credit Suisse, where he was a director in the Global Equity Strategy team. Previously, he held positions at AllianzDresdner AM and Union Investment in Germany.
Most recently, he was executive director, global head of institutional investment placement for Arcapita, a global private equity firm.