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Catch up on the biggest moves of the week from across the industry's leading venues.

Tuesday, August 30

Jason Young, Fortex

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Jason Young
Jason Young

Fortex, an electronic communication network (ECN) trading platform, added Jason Young to the company as its Executive Vice President and Head of Deliverable FX last week. Young joined Fortex from Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in New York where he was a Vice President of eFX.

Jon Leung
Jon Leung

Jon Leung and James Alexander, Invast Global

Invast Global, the Australian arm of leading Japanese brokerage Invast Securities Co, capitalised on a period of strong growth and the expansion of PurePrime, its prime services offering, by making two significant management appointmentsCEO Gavin White was joined at the top-level management table by long-time colleagues, Jon Leung and James Alexander. White, Leung and Alexander have all enjoyed long and successful careers in the financial markets within various top-tier investment banks.

Meidad Sharon, SafeCharge

Meidad Sharon
Meidad Sharon

Meidad Sharon parted ways with SafeCharge (LON:SCH) last week to open his own fintech venture, ending six years of senior management positions with the payments services and technology provider. In his last role, Meidad was the company’s VP Sales, a role he took on in 2011. Mr. Sharon first landed at SafeCharge back in 2010. During 2011-2012 he also worked at, in parallel with his role in SafeCharge, as the companies were part of the same group.

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Wednesday, August 31

Minna Lehto Sousa, 360T

360T made a new senior appointment Wednesday, adding Minna Lehto Sousa as its newest Head of Sales Nordic with immediate effect. In her new role Ms. Sousa will be based out of 360T’s Stockholm branch where she will report to Alfred Schorno, Global Head of Sales at 360T Group. In this capacity she will focus on client acquisition across the Northern Europe space, dealing with such channels as corporates, asset managers, and bank-to-bank business, among others.

Javier Martell, OANDA

OANDA on-boarded a new legal council, hiring Javier Martell from mobile payments company Boku. He is joining the brokerage as an experienced legal executive with substantial experience working as a legal officer with online technology companies. Javier Martell will be overseeing global legal functions and serve as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.

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Queenie Qilin Wang, Head of Asia Sales at LMAX Hong Kong
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Queenie Qilin Wang, LMAX

LMAX Exchange (LMAX) promoted its longtime veteran Queenie Qilin Wang to the role of Head of Asia Pacific. Most recently, she served as the Head of Asia Sales at LMAX Hong Kong Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LMAX Limited. Mrs. Wang has been a mainstay at LMAX since 2011 and her promotion comes after a lengthy stint at the major venue. She was originally appointed as International Development Executive, dating back to October 2011.

Thursday, September 1

Vikram Khanna, ICBC Standard Bank

ICBC Standard Bank secured former Credit Suisse banker Vikram Khanna to serve as its Head of Advisory, eyeing an expansion into the Chinese corporate space. Mr. Khanna joins ICBC Standard Bank in a new senior role to help focus on the group’s plans to widen the scope of its global advisory services – this will include a broader latitude across its Chinese corporate focus.

Paul Skelton, Standard Chartered

Standard Chartered brought in veteran banker Paul Skelton in its latest hire, installing him as its newest Global Head of Banking. Mr. Skelton will be joining Standard Chartered in December to man its Singapore operations – in this capacity he will be reporting to Simon Cooper, Standard Chartered’s CEO for Corporate and Institutional Banking and former HSBC departure. The move helps shore up the group’s Singapore unit at a time when many other banks are opting to move top-tier talent to the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

Igor Dombrovan, Saxo Bank

Igor Dombrovan, Saxo Markets
Igor Dombrovan,

The Head of the Russian office of Saxo Bank, Igor Dombrovan, has been appointed in London as Institutional Sales Director at Saxo Markets. The strategic decision of Saxo Bank to look for more partnerships in certain regions has mandated the company to optimize some of its operations. As a result the Danish brokerage closed its premises in Russia, Poland and Greece. Mr Dombrovan has been heading the Russian office of Saxo Bank for over 5 years, starting from September 2011.

Friday, September 2

Huw van Steenis, Schroders

Huw van Steenis, the veteran Morgan Stanley banker and executive, has parted ways with the group to join UK asset manager Schroders. Mr. van Steenis is the latest example of top tier talent leaving the banking sector to join a hedge fund or asset manager. He originally joined Morgan Stanley in 2002, having since worked as its Managing Director – his tenure has seen him assume the rank as one of the industry’s top rated analysts.

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