Trading Places: Recapping the Week’s Biggest Moves

Finance Magnates recaps the biggest moves of the week.

The previous week once again was rife with several big name companies experiencing shake ups and additions to their personnel. From Saxo Capital Markets to Deutsche Bank, catch up on the latest moves.

Monday, May 16

Matt Blackwell, OMF
Matt Blackwell, OMF

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Matt Blackwell, OMF

Early last week, New Zealand’s OM Financial Limited (OMF) promoted longtime financial services veteran Matt Blackwell to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director. Mr. Blackwell had been with OMF and a member of its leadership team since 2014 when he joined as its director.

Cristiano Leao, Liquidity Finance

Cristiano Leao, Liquidity Finance

Liquidity Finance LP secured the services of financial services specialist Cristiano Leao last Monday, who joined the group from BTG Pactual to help spearhead its Latin American (LATAM) capabilities. Mr. Leao stepped into his new role after spending the bulk of his career focusing on the emerging markets (EM) space.

Ben Smoker
Ben Smoker

Tuesday, May 17

Ben Smoker, Saxo Capital Markets

Saxo Capital Markets division in Australia saw the appointment of Ben Smoker as its new CEO for its Australian business. Mr. Smoker departed GAIN Capital Australia to take on the new role at the helm of Saxo’s operations in Sydney. He came over to Saxo after garnering over two decades of experience in the industry, including a recent stint as the country head of GAIN Capital Australia from November 2012 to the present.

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Thomas Piquemal, Deutsche Bank
Thomas Piquemal, Deutsche Bank

Thomas Piquemal, Deutsche Bank

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Deutsche Bank brought in finance specialist Thomas Piquemal to serve as its Global Head of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), as well as the chairman of the lender’s French business. He had been in need of a new role after abruptly quitting his former role at EDF following a protest over the group’s nuclear ambitions.

Wednesday, May 18

Phil Atherton, SafeCharge

Last week, SafeCharge appointed Phil Atherton as its newest Chief Risk Officer (CRO) prior to its annual general meeting, as the company’s board aims to bolster its management team. As part of the appointment he will have a key senior role as the company’s new CRO.

Dirk Griesmeyer, Liquidnet

Last Wednesday, Liquidnet added Dirk Griesmeyer as its newest Sales Director, who joined the group with expertise across German-speaking regions and continental Europe. In his new role as its Sales Director, he will be tasked with the responsibility of augmenting Liquidnet’s membership across Europe. He will be teaming up with other members of Liquidnet’s trade coverage, sales, fixed income, and execution teams.

Thursday, May 19

Mayank Navalakha, ANZ

The Australian & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) appointed Mayank Navalakha as its Global Head of FX and PM Options. The company has on-boarded its newest addition to the team from the Singapore based desk of Barclays, where he was Head of the FX Options Asia desk.

Kimberly Ryan, Lemon Way

Kimberly Ryan, Lemon Way

Lemon Way, a French payments solutions provider, announced the latest appointment on its management team last Thursday, adding Kimberly Ryan as its newest Head of Sales for the UK. In her new role, Ms. Ryan will assume command over the management of all the group’s local business.

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