Boutique ABS underwriter Westwood Capital LLC has hired Andrea Kutscher as an executive vice president, responsible for structured finance, project finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Westwood, Kutscher spent 13 years at Prudential Financial, where she analyzed, structured and invested in CDOs, intellectual property ABS, derivatives and emerging assets. In her new position, Kutcher will report to managing director Len Blum.

Fitch Ratings has hired Richard Gambel away from Bank of Montreal to head its London-based credit derivatives group. Gambel, a managing director, had also previously worked at Abbey National Treasury.

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