Hogg Robinson Group has made an internal appointment following a search for a new finance chief.

The business travel group’s finance director worldwide operations, Michele Maher, is promoted to the role of group finance director.

The appointment follows a process conducted through independent external search consultants.

Maher has worked for HRG for 20 years after an early career with KPMG and Dell Computers.

HRG announced in January that current finance chief Philip Harrison would be leaving following its full-year results last month to join infrastructure company Balfour Beatty.

HRG chairman, John Coombe, said:  “After a full independent process, we are delighted that Michele is joining the board as an executive director of Hogg Robinson and our new group finance director.

“Her experience in overseeing the financial operations of our main business, plus her broader understanding of our strategy and growing Fraedom [software as a service] business, means she is well placed to make an immediate impact in her new role.”