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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.

Michael Klien

Michael Klein – Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse has appointed Michael Klein as CEO of banking and of the Americas, as well as chief executive designate of its investment banking affiliate CS First Boston. Mr Klein joins the Swiss bank’s executive board through its $175m acquisition of his investment banking boutique and registered broker-dealer, The Klein Group. Mr Klein was most recently a member of Credit Suisse’s board of directors, which he joined in 2018. Previously, he was chief executive of Citi’s institutional business division. Mr Klein will join the Executive Board and report directly to Group CEO Ulrich Körner.

Following the acquisition’s closing, MK&C is expected to be fully integrated into CS First Boston. Credit Suisse will retain control over the ultimate scope and structure of CS First Boston, including options to attract third-party capital in the future, as announced at the bank’s Strategy Update on October 27, 2022.

The carve-out of CS First Boston is expected to create an independent capital markets and competitive advisory-led business, headquartered in the US, with global capabilities and a preferred long-term partnership with Credit Suisse Group. CS First Boston, with its differentiated proposition and partnership model, is expected to be more global and broader than existing investment banking boutiques, more focused than bulge bracket players, and competitive in attracting and retaining top talent.

Josephine Anan-Ankomah

Josephine Anan-Ankomah – Ecobank

Ecobank has appointed Josephine Anna-Ankomah as its new regional executive for central, eastern and southern Africa, in addition to managing director of its banking subsidiary in Kenya. Ms Anna-Ankomah is a 30-year veteran of Ecobank and was most recently head of its commercial banking division, where she focused on creating solutions to help develop SMEs and local corporates across 33 African countries. She succeeds Cheikh Travaky, who retired at the end of 2022 after a 21-year-long career at the bank. 

Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson – Bank of America

Bank of America’s global transaction services business unit has appointed Alexandra Johnson as head of innovation. Ms Johnson will lead a team responsible for exploring new concepts and technologies to advance treasury solutions, as well as drive greater efficiencies and security. Prior to joining the bank in 2022, she worked at JPMorgan as global head of go-to-market, commercialisation and partnerships for foreign exchange products.

Phillipe Noirot

Philippe Noirot – BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas has appointed Philippe Noirot as head of transaction banking, Asia-Pacific. Mr Noirot has 21 years of banking experience, 11 of which in the region. He was most recently head of BNP Paribas’s business in South Korea, a position he held for seven years. Based in Singapore, he will report to Asia-Pacific chief executive Paul Yang and succeed Chye Kin Wee, who will be retiring in February.

Fabianna Del Canto

Fabianna del Canto – MUFG

MUFG has appointed Fabianna del Canto as co-head of its capital markets division for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She will serve alongside Antoine Baudron, who is also head of MUFG Securities, France. Ms Del Canto began her career at Goldman Sachs before moving to Barclays, where she led on leveraged loan and high-yield syndicate transactions within EMEA. She joined MUFG in 2022 as head of UK and non-EU capital markets.

Gernot Kleckner

Gernot Kleckner – Commerzbank

Commerzbank has appointed Gernot Kleckner to lead its capital markets division. He will also assume the role of divisional board member for its corporate clients segment. With more than 25 years of experience at Commerzbank, Mr Kleckner has previously held senior management positions within the bank’s structured finance business, as well as its central and eastern Europe corporates and markets business.

Akila Raman

Akila Raman – Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs has appointed Akila Raman as chief commercial and strategy officer of transaction banking within its newly created platform solutions unit. The unit houses its transaction banking, credit card and financial technology businesses. Ms Raman began her career at the bank in 2004 as an analyst in corporate derivatives. She was most recently chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs’ investment banking division, where she specialised in risk management.

Matt Read

Matt Read – Citibank

Citibank Singapore has appointed Matt Read as its new retail banking head. Mr Read will lead on delivering the bank’s plan to expand its wealth management business, which aims to add $150bn in assets under management by 2025 across Singapore and Hong Kong. He joined Citi in 2017 as head of sales and distribution for 17 markets within Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to working with Citi, he held various senior leadership roles at ANZ and GE Capital as part of a 20-year-long career in financial services. 


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