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A weekly look at some of the most recent and influential people moves across the global banking industry. Simon Duffy reports.

Vikram Singh

Vikram Singh – CEO, Citi Malaysia

Citi has appointed Vikram Singh as CEO of its Malaysia franchise. As CEO, Mr Singh will lead Citi’s Malaysia country team as well as gain oversight over the Citi Solution Centres throughout the country. He will report to Amol Gupta, Citi’s south Asia and Asean head. 

Mr Singh first joined Citi in 1999 and brings 24 years of corporate banking experience gained through managing 18 markets across Asia-Pacific. He has held various leadership roles for the bank in India and the Philippines in corporate and investment banking.

During his time as the bank’s corporate and investment banking head in the Philippines, Mr Singh’s business strategies were credited with achieving double-digit revenue growth. He was most recently head of Citi’s Asia-Pacific account management division, within its global subsidiaries group based in Singapore. 

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Gupta said: “Malaysia is a key market for Citi and has a strong institutional franchise. Vikram’s long career and experience with the firm will be invaluable in leading the next stage of growth in a market that also supports many of our global businesses and functions.”

Christian Bluhm

Christian Bluhm – group chief risk officer, UBS

UBS has announced that Christian Bluhm will retain his position as group chief risk officer for the foreseeable future to help with the bank’s acquisition of Credit Suisse. This will delay the appointment of Damien Vogel to the role, which was originally planned for the beginning of May. 

In the newly created role of group risk control integration, Mr Vogel will, instead, be tasked with identifying the optimal structure for the combined company’s integrated group risk control function.

UBS’s CEO Sergio Ermotti said in a press statement: “Having both senior risk leaders actively engaged will help ensure that we’re well prepared and appropriately set up in an area that is crucial for our future success. I want to thank Christian for his readiness to continue in his role as group chief risk officer and Damian for his significant efforts in leading our integration efforts and designing our future risk function.”

Mr Bluhm announced his resignation from UBS last November to become a full-time professional photographer and pursue academic opportunities.


Kirsty Everett – chief compliance officer, Barclays 

Barclays has appointed former HSBC compliance chief Kirsty Everett as its new chief compliance officer. She will succeed Matt Fitzwater, who is currently the bank’s interim chief compliance officer. Mr Fitzwater will return to his role as group centre general counsel within Barclays’ legal division after a transition period. 

Prior to joining HSBC, Ms Everett spent seven years at UBS, where she rose to head of conduct, framework, monitoring and oversight. She began her career at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, where she qualified as a chartered accountant before progressing into audit and financial-crime advisory roles.

Gaston Gelos

Gaston Gelos – deputy head of the monetary and economic department, Bank for International Settlements

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has named Gaston Gelos as the new deputy head of its monetary and economic department (MED). He will join BIS in September from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he currently serves as assistant director for its western hemisphere department and mission chief for Mexico. 

Mr Gelos brings more than 30 years of experience within the industry, of which 24 have been spent with the IMF, which he joined in 1998. He was previously the head of its monetary and macroprudential policies division, in addition to leading its global financial analysis division, where he oversaw work for the IMF’s Global Financial Stability Report. He will succeed Stijn Claessens, who has been deputy head of the MED since 2018 and is due to retire.

Antje Gaensler

Antje Gaensler – managing director, capital structure advisory, Moelis & Company 

Independent investment bank Moelis & Company has appointed former-Lazard dealmaker Antje Gaensler as a managing director within its London-based capital structure and advisory group. Her appointment comes as Moelis looks to bolster its capital structure advisory business within the Europe region. 

Ms Gaensler brings more than 10 years of experience working on complex restructuring deals. Prior to Lazard, she worked at investment banking boutique Gleacher Shacklock, where in addition to restructurings she advised on the financial turnarounds of portfolio companies at a European family office.


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