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Andres Luther, co-head of corporate communications at Credit Suisse, will leave the Swiss bank to join consultancy Hirzel.Neef.Schmid.Counselors as a partner at the start of 2014.

Reuters reports that Luther was head of group communications from 2005 and has been co-head of corporate communications since 2011, helping to mould the bank's image through the financial crisis.

Pamela Thomas-Graham, Credit Suisse head of talent, branding and communications, said in a memo Luther would stay on until a successor was in place, adding the bank would consider both internal and external candidates in a search starting this week.

In the meantime, the news agency reports that Leone Pattofatto, formerly in charge of mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse's Italian division, has moved to Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), the latest investment banker to join the Italian state-backed fund.

Pattofatto, who joined the CDP earlier in April, is now in charge of CDP's large strategic investments into listed Italian companies such as oil and gas major Eni and grid operator Terna, according to the CDP's website.

And The Wall Street Journal reports that J.P. Morgan Chase said Monday that it has hired Dianne Challenor from Citigroup to serve as head of transaction services for Asia Pacific, bulking up an area that continues to grow while core investment banking revenues are volatile.

Ms. Challenor previously served as Citigroup's Hong Kong-based chief operating officer for Asia Pacific. She will continue to be based in Hong Kong at J.P. Morgan, where she started Monday. She replaces Hendra Lembong, who has moved into a new role at J.P. Morgan's Asian-Pacific private bank.

Finally, Bloomberg reports that Morgan Stanley hired Michele Davis, who held communications roles at George W. Bush’s White House and Henry Paulson’s Treasury Department, as global head of corporate affairs.

Davis will join as a managing director, Chief Executive Officer James Gorman and vice chairman Tom Nides wrote in a memo to employees today. In her last government position, she helped Paulson’s team during the credit crisis.

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