Rabobank Taps Donald Meltzer as Vice Chairman, M&A Head

Rabobank has appointed Donald Meltzer as its newest Vice Chairman and Head of Mergers Acquisitions (M&A).

Rabobank has appointed Donald Meltzer as its newest Vice Chairman, and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) for its North America Wholesale banking division, according to a Rabobank statement.

In his new role as Rabobank’s vice chairman and M&A head, Mr. Meltzer will be based out of New York, where he will join the bank’s Global Management Committee of Corporate Finance Advisory, along with its North America Corporate Clients Management Team.

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Mr. Meltzer joins Rabobank having accrued nearly three decades of experience in investment banking. In particular, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York and London for over 20 years, most recently as its co-Head of Global M&A. Prior to this, he also worked as the bank’s head of European M&A.

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According to Rajiv Singh, CEO of Rabobank’s North America Wholesale division, in a recent statement on the appointment, “We are very pleased to appoint Don to head our M&A practice, which is a cornerstone of our corporate banking franchise in North America.”

“As the premier bank to the food and agribusiness sector, Rabobank is a trusted strategic advisor to executives, directors and senior decision makers of the top food and agribusiness firms across the region. Don’s experience will help strengthen Rabobank’s position as the go-to bank for expert advisory, innovative thinking and value-adding solutions in the F&A space,” he added

“I am excited about the opportunity to join Rabobank and work with the team to build a strong M&A advisory business in North America. By leveraging the bank’s strength in F&A, we will seek to build an M&A practice that unites all Rabobank’s product capabilities to deliver highly differentiated, objective and valued-added advice to help our clients pursue their strategic objectives,” noted Mr. Meltzer in an accompanying statement.

The hiring is the first move at Rabobank since March, when the bank lost its chief financial and risk officer, Bert Bruggink, who stepped down after the Dutch bank’s decision to partition his roles.

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