Claudio Mezzetti, former professor of economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has returned to Europe to join Leicester University.
Professor Mezzetti, Leicester's new professor of economics who specialises in game theory and microeconomics, said: "I'm delighted to be back in Europe and am enjoying the emphasis on research and teaching at Leicester.
"The economics department is one of the best in the university and that means we are listened to by administration. There are also many promising young staff in my area and they are an absolute pleasure to work with."
James Hunt , previously finance director at Warwick University, has joined Leicester as director of finance.
Suzanne Alexander , formerly director of promotions in the Education Counselling Service at the British Council, takes over as director of Leicester's international office.
Colin Haselgrove , previously professor of archaeology at Durham University, has joined Leicester as professor of archaeology.
Barrie Gunter , formerly professor and director of research in journalism at Sheffield University, has joined Leicester as professor and director of the Centre for Mass Communication Research.
Alan Ponter , Leicester's professor of engineering, has retired, as has Michael Joseph , professor of psychology. Jon Gorringe , Leicester's director of finance, has moved to be director of finance at Edinburgh University.
David Fielding , previously professor of economics at Leicester, is now professor of economics at Otago University, New Zealand.