Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB), a unit of French bank Société Générale SA, has promoted its longtime veteran Stephen Swift to Head of Global Finance for Asia Pacific. Swift will also replace Sadia Ricke who was appointed as Chief Country Officer for the United Kingdom, both taking up their new posts effective 1st January 2017.
Prior to this position, Stephen served as Deputy Head of Global Syndicate at Societe Generale’s corporate and investment banking division with responsibility for the bank’s loans and bonds businesses. He was previously head of leveraged and non-investment grade at the French bank.
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Stephen has more than 15 years of experience in leveraged finance and he brings a strong distribution perspective to SG business in this sector.
Mr. Swift has been a mainstay at Societe Generale for nearly three decades and his promotion comes after a lengthy stint with the Paris headquartered bank, dating back to 1987. He initially moved to Paris to launch the bank’s Continental European (ex-France) Leveraged Finance activity. In 1997, he moved into Loan Syndication to take responsibility for all European loans.
Stephen graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages.
In his new capacity, he will be based in Hong Kong, and will report to Hikaru Ogata, CEO of Societe Generale for Asia Pacific, and Pierre Palmieri, Global Head of Global Finance.