He joins from Intesa Saopaolo S.p.A. where he was chief executive for Hong Kong and the APAC general manager for the last ten years.
Simon has expertise in advisory, structuring and arranging roles in sectors highly complementary with ABN AMRO’s focus in energy, commodities, food, transport & logistics, and financial institutions.
Prior to Intesa Saopaolo, Simon worked with Bank of America in Hong Kong following senior roles across Australia, USA, and Vietnam where he opened Bank of America’s Hanoi branch in 1994. Prior to his move to banking, Simon was a research and exploration geologist in the mining industry for five years.
Maureen DeRooij, CEO APAC at ABN AMRO says, “We are very pleased to have found a leader of Simon’s calibre who can accelerate the momentum we have in the industries we focus on and enhance the product capabilities we offer.”
ABN AMRO strengthened its Greater China presence when it reopened its Shanghai branch in March 2016 enabling the bank to better support its corporate clients around the region with links to Asia’s largest economy. In APAC, ABN AMRO has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tokyo.
Other senior APAC appointments this year are similarly focused on ABN AMRO Bank’s Corporate and Institutional Banking business’ reputation as a relationship-driven sector bank providing tailored financing solutions and advisory to enable clients to access global opportunities. These include Simon Wood, head of financial institutions group APAC, who is building the bank’s proposition with financial institutions, and Peter Davis, executive director APAC, overseeing clients with commercial interests in Australia.
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