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New structured commodity hires for ABN Amro Asia
8 December 2017

Michael Wang, former head of structured metals and energy finance China at ING Bank, and Mengfei Wang, formerly of Deutsche Bank, have joine...

Wilmar: George Yeo steps down from board to make way for independent directors
8 December 2017

George Yeo has stepped down from the board of Singapore-headquartered agribusiness Wilmar International in order to make way for additional independent non-executive directors. The palm oil producer has appointed former GIC group president Lim Siong Guan and Hong Kong-based PAG chairman and chief executive Shan Weijian to the board.

Seneca Trade Partners hires Mark McGuire as director and shareholder
7 December 2017

Merseyside-based trade finance provider Seneca Trade Partners has appointed Mark McGuire as a new director and shareholder. He joins from his previous role as managing director of Goldcrest Trade Finance.

King & Spalding boosts trade practice in Geneva
7 December 2017

Law firm King & Spalding has hired two senior counsel to its trade practice in Geneva. Hannes Welge joins from the European Commission, while Hamid Mamdouh was formerly with the World Trade Organization.

Glencore: Gill Marcus appointed independent director
7 December 2017

Commodity giant Glencore has appointed Gill Marcus as an independent non-executive director of the company, with effect from 1 January 2018. She was governor of the South African Reserve Bank from 2009 to 2014.

KEPCO boss to step down after winning preferred bidder status on Toshiba's UK nuclear project
7 December 2017

The head of KEPCO, and former Korean vice minister of trade, industry and energy, has offered to step down following the announcement that the Toshiba Corp. has selected Korea Electric Power Corp.(KEPCO) as the preferred bidder to buy a stake in its NuGen consortium developing the Moorside nuclear project in the UK.

KfW head Ulrich Schroeder to quit at the end of 2017
7 December 2017

Ulrich Schroeder, the head of German development bank KfW, will quit at the end of December due to illness, according to reports. The 65-year-old had his contract extended until 2020 two years ago but has decided to leave early. He has run Frankfurt-based KfW since September 2008.

Former HSBC and Microsoft chairs join Motive Partners' advisory council
7 December 2017

Former HSBC chairman Douglas Flint, US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, and Microsoft chairman John Thompson are among those to join the global advisory council of Motive Partners, a fintech investment vehicle set up by veterans of the global financial technology industry.

Louis Dreyfus promotes China CEO James Zhou
6 December 2017

Netherlands-headquartered commodity trader Louis Dreyfus Company has promoted James Zhou to the role of the North Asia Region. He joined Louis Dreyfus last year as CEO for China. Jaime O'Donahue, who was previously head of the Asia region as a whole, is now head of the South & Southeast Asia Region.

Clayton Carrell takes on COO role at Southwestern Energy

Southwestern Energy Company has appointed Clayton A Carrell as its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He moves from EP Energy and will be responsible for operational and technical activities.

Barclays Ireland hires Aoife Wallace as head of trade and working capital
6 December 2017

Barclays Bank Ireland has appointed Aoife Wallace as its new head of trade and working capital. She joins after seven years at HSBC Ireland, including as head of global trade and receivables finance.

Jens steps down as ABN Amro diamond chief, new appointment made
4 December 2017

Dutch bank ABN Amro's diamond and jewelry division will become part of its trade-and-commodity finance business under a restructuring. Geert van Reisen has replaced Erik Jens, who has led ABN Amro's diamond department for five years, as new global head for its precious-stones unit. Van Reisen was previously the lender's global head of strategy, risk and portfolio management for diamonds and jewelry.

Noble's star gasoline trader Sinenko said to join Gunvor
4 December 2017

Swiss-headquartered Gunvor Group has wooed Singapore's Noble Group's star gasoline trader Dmitri Sinenk to join its expanding US operations as an exodus from the struggling Asian trading house continues amid asset sales and a debt restructuring.

New CEO announced for African potash junior Danakali
4 December 2017

CEO of potash junior Danakali, Paul Donaldson, will transition from his role as CEO and MD to non-executive director, before the end of 2017. Danny Goeman, a highly experienced mining industry professional, will go from head of marketing to the role of CEO.

Gaines to take on CEO role at Fortescue Metals
1 December 2017

Australian iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group has appointed chief financial officer Elizabeth Gaines as its next CEO to take over from Nev Power in February.  

Van Robais moves to Coface
30 November 2017

Baudoin van Robais, formerly head of project and export finance at Alstom and GE, has become head of single risk underwriting at Coface. Van Robais...

UK appoints nine new trade envoys
29 November 2017

Britain has created nine HM Trade Commissioner roles to represent the country in key trade markets abroad. The nine geographical areas that the HM Trade Commissioners will cover include Africa, the Asia-Pacific, China, the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Network, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and South America.

Flipkart CTO Ravi Garikipati heads ecommerce firm's fintech department
29 November 2017

India-based ecommerce marketplace Flipkart has appointed its chief technology officer Ravi Garikipati as the head of its fintech department with immediate effect.

Natural Power appoints new head of offshore renewables
28 November 2017

Renewable energy consultancy firm Natural Power has appointed its former principal environmental consultant Nancy McLean to the role of head of offshore renewables.

Thailand Exim appoints head of new business unit Corporate Business 4 Department
28 November 2017

The Export-Import Bank of Thailand has appointed Anuchit Vitayaburananont as first vice-president in charge of Corporate Business 4 Department, a new business unit to render services to large and leading Thai corporates and entrepreneurs in their export and investment overseas.

Allen & Overy hires Prakash Raja Segaran as Singapore law finance specialist partner
28 November 2017

Allen & Overy has appointed Prakash Raja Segaran as a Singapore law finance specialist partner in its Singapore office. He joins from Shook Lin & Bok and regularly acts as Singapore law counsel on cross-border transactions across the ASEAN region as well as in China and India.

Revolt forces Rio Tinto to ditch plan to hire Conservative chief Davis
27 November 2017

Australian-British metals and mining group Rio Tinto has abandoned plans to appoint Conservative Party boss Sir Mick Davis as its next chairman in the wake of a revolt by investors. A group of leading shareholders wrote to the miner's board to say that Sir Mick's appointment would be unacceptable.

Deutsche names Shehab head of trade finance for MENA and Turkey
27 November 2017

Deutsche Bank has appointed Ahmed Shehab as head of trade finance for financial institutions in MENA and Turkey. He will retain his current role as head of Deutsche Bank's representative office in Cairo, where he is based.

Asiamet appoints mining veteran James Deo as new chief financial officer
27 November 2017

Indonesia-focused copper explorer Asiamet Resources has appointed mining veteran James Deo as its new chief financial officer. He was most recently a consultant to Newcrest Mining - the largest gold miner in Australia.

DVB Bank announces changes at the board of managing directors
27 November 2017

German transport finance bank DVB has announced that Bart Veldhuizen will step down from the board of managing directors and leave the lender. David Goring-Thomas, member of DVB's board of managing directors in charge of the bank's aviation finance and land transport finance businesses, will assume responsibility for its shipping finance business.

Australia's Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency appoints new CEO
24 November 2017

Australia's Infrastructure and Project Financing Agency (IPFA) has appointed Leilani Frew as its new CEO. She will move from the New South Wales Treasury and take up her position from interim appointment John O’Neil on December 11.

ADB appoints new country director for Nepal
23 November 2017

The Asian Development Bank has appointed Mukhtor Khamudkhanov as new country director for Nepal. He joined ADB in 2001 and was most recently principal energy specialist in the energy division for South Asia.

Lytvynskyi steps down as chief operating officer of Kernel
22 November 2017

Kostiantyn Lytvynskyi, chief operating officer and head of trading of Ukrainian grains and oilseed producer Kernel, has left the company, two sources close to the matter said. Lytvynskyi was also responsible for logistics.

Ashurst hires new project and infra partner for Sydney office
22 November 2017

Chris Redden has joined the project finance practice of global law firm Ashurst in their Sydney office from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Ripple names CFO, new board members
22 November 2017

Ripple has appointed Benjamin Lawsky to its board along with Ron Will as CFO, and says they will help steer the company's cross-border payments ambitions. Lawsky is a former New York Superintendant of Financial Services, while Will has three decades of experience as an investment banker.

Thomas Gotting to join XL Catlin as Country Manager Germany
21 November 2017

XL Catlin's insurance operation has appointed Dr Thomas Gotting as Country Manager Germany. He joins from Coface and will take up his post on January 1, 2018. He succeeds Dieter Goebbels who will retire in early 2018.

Deutsche's Asia Pacific head of global transaction banking to leave
21 November 2017

Deutsche Bank's Asia Pacific head of global transaction banking, Lisa Robins, is leaving after a six-year stint with the lender. Robins joined Deutsche in 2011 from JPMorgan, where she was the vice chairman for treasury and security services for JPMorgan China.

Glencore tycoon humiliated over accounts fiasco
20 November 2017

Glencore billionaire Telis Mistakidis has resigned from one the commodity giant's key divisions - Canada-listed Katanga Mining - over lax financial controls at a controversial mine in the Congo. Mistakidis has stepped down from the board after "material weaknesses identified in internal controls over financial reporting".

First Board of Directors announced for Canadian Infrastructure Bank
20 November 2017

The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities has announced the appointment of ten people to form the independent Board of Directors at the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Janice Fukakusa was appointed as Chairperson in July.

Bunge unveils organisational and leadership team changes
16 November 2017

US agri-trader Bunge has unveiled organisational and leadership changes, simplifying its structure from five operating companies to three regions. Todd Bastean is president, North America; Pierre Mauger is president, Europe and Asia; and Raul Padilla is president, South America and Sugar & Bioenergy.

Santander hires Bart White to lead European infra debt advisory
16 November 2017

Santander has hired Bart White as Head of European Infrastructure Debt Advisory at Santander Global Corporate Banking. He joins from UBS and will report to Alejandro Ciruelos, Head of Project & Infrastructure Finance and Debt Advisory in London and to Carlos Muniz, Global Head Project & Infrastructure Finance and Debt Advisory in Madrid.

Conservative CEO Sir Mick Davis eyes mining return at Rio Tinto
15 November 2017

Conservative Party chief executive Sir Mick Davis wants to return to the helm of one of the world's biggest miners as the next chairman of Rio Tinto. Sir Mick, who spearheaded the growth and eventual £20 billion sale of Xstrata nearly five years ago, is in talks with the Rio board about the move.

Emslie named General Mills' Asian treasury head
10 November 2017

Christopher Emslie, former country treasurer for Singapore at Swiss engineering group ABB, has been appointed regional treasurer to head up the Asian treasury centre of US-based food company General Mills, again based in Singapore.

Sumeet Malhotra is new Singapore partner at Hill Dickinson
10 November 2017

International law firm Hill Dickinson has announced that partner Sumeet Malhotra has joined its Singapore office. He previously worked at senior in-house positions at Cargill, and at Noble Group in Singapore, where he dealt with dry shipping matters, commodity trade disputes and transactional matters involving commodity trading and commodity-backed structured trade finance.

Dr Joachim Nagel takes up post on KfW Group Executive Board
9 November 2017

Dr Joachim Nagel has become a member of KfW Group's Executive Board. He was previously appointed to succeed Dr Norbert Kloppenburg as a member of the Board of Supervisory Directors at KfW IPEX-Bank and was elected as its chairman last month.

PJSC take on new Managing Director
8 November 2017

Jeff Pollard has moved from Goldman Sachs & Co to join financial advisory firm Peter J. Solomon Company (PJSC) as a Managing Director and will lead the Power and Renewables group. 

Trafigura launches apprenticeship scheme
8 November 2017

Trafigura has launched a one-year apprenticeship programme that will give A-level and diploma holders the opportunity to train on the job in the commodity trader's trade finance, warehousing or logistics units at its Singapore, Geneva or Houston offices.

Dentons adds to Middle East Energy and Infra team
8 November 2017

Global law firm Dentons has hired the former Ashurst oil, gas and utilities specialist Mhairi Main Garcia as a partner in its Energy and Infrastructure practice in Dubai. It follows the recent appointment of Ghassan Shuhaibar as Corporate partner in October. 

Yes Bank appoints Ajay Rajan as head of transaction banking sales
8 November 2017

India's Yes Bank has appointed Ajay Rajan as group president and head of transaction banking sales. He will be responsible for a range of products, including trade and supply chain finance. He has more than 21 years of corporate banking experience with Deutsche Bank in the areas of trade finance and cash management across India.

SEB appoints Nick Blake as head of UK transaction services
3 November 2017

Nordic corporate bank SEB has appointed Nick Blake as its head of transaction services for their Large Corporate and Financial Institution business in the UK.

Arvid Tuerkner is EBRD's new MD for Turkey
1 November 2017

Arvid Tuerkner, EBRD's new managing director for Turkey, has started his post in Istanbul. He succeeds Jean-Patrick Marquet, who returns to London as EBRD Managing Director for Infrastructure.

B2Gold hires Robin Weisman as director
31 October 2017

Vancouver-headquartered gold producer B2Gold has appointed Robin Weisman to its board of directors. She was most recently the principal investment officer at the International Finance Corporation.

Squire Patton Boggs adds to Middle East team
30 October 2017

Global law firm Squire Patton Boggs has appointed finance advisor Shane Wilson as partner in its Dubai office to work in the Public & Infrastructure Finance Practice Group.

New partner taken on at CIP

Michael Hannibal has joined fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) as a partner where he will be taking a lead role in their offshore wind business. He joins from manufacturer and developer Siemens Gamesa.

Norton Rose Fulbright hires senior lawyers amid surge in energy projects
30 October 2017

Norton Rose Fulbright has added to its Sydney office with the appointments of oil and gas sector specialist Natalie Lonergan, who joins from Herbert Smith Freehills; cross-border and African mining and metals projects specialist Lisa Koch, who is moving from the London office; and renewable energy finance adviser Karel Potgieter, who joins from Baker & McKenzie in Johannesburg.