Banking & finance

ICC announces Banking Commission leadership changes and enhances internal technical support

  • 29 October 2014
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ICC has appointed six new Advisory Board members to its Banking Commission, the world’s essential rule-making body for the banking industry, and three new Technical Advisors on the ICC Trade Register project.

The appointments form an integral part of ICC’s plans to stimulate the continued growth and evolution of its leadership structure.

ICC is pleased to announce the appointment of the following members to the commission’s Advisory Board:

  • Alberto Amo, Global Head of Trade Asset Solutions in Global Banking and Markets at Banco Santander. Mr Amo has spent 17 years with Santander working in both trade finance and corporate banking;
  • Eric de Jonge, Global Head of Structured Export Finance at ING Bank. Mr De Jonge brings 20 years of experience in financing assets, companies and projects to the ICC Advisory Board. He has held senior positions within ING in various locations around Europe, and currently leads a global team of up to 40 professionals;
  • Olivier Paul, Global Head of Trade and Banking Flow at BNP Paribas. Mr Paul started his career 30 years ago in corporate banking, and later moved into export finance. He is also currently a member of the Business Finance Committee of the European Banking Federation;
  • Rudolf Putz, Deputy Director for Financial Institutions at EBRD. Mr Putz boasts more than 30 years of experience in trade finance and has been developing EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme since 2000;
  • Stuart Tait, Global Head of Trade and Receivables Finance at HSBC. Mr Tait’s knowledge of international trade and finance has accrued over years working in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East with HSBC;
  • Markus Wohlgeschaffen, Global Head of Trade Products at UniCredit. Mr Wohlgeschaffen has been working in the sector for more than 30 years and is responsible for the management, innovation, development and implementation of all traditional commercial trade finance and service products offered by UniCredit worldwide.

The ICC Banking Commission has also appointed three additional Technical Advisors on the ICC Trade Register to support the project with their technical expertise in their dedicated area of expertise. They will work closely with the Alexander Malaket, Chair ICC Trade Register project, and the team responsible for the ICC Trade Register project.

The new Technical Advisors are:

  • Henri d’Ambrieres, Advisory Services in Export, Trade and Project Finance at HDA Conseil. Mr D’Ambrieres has held a variety of senior positions in both corporate finance and in project and export finance, and since joining HDA Conseil in 2013 has advised companies, banks and ECAs;
  • Krishnan Ramadurai, Head of Product Returns and Capital Optimization at HSBC Bank. Mr Ramadurai brings a wealth of experience in banking and risk management to the team and has worked in a variety of locations across the globe. He is a regular speaker on Basel II, III and Capital Requirements Directive;
  • Hugo Verschoren, Senior Product Manager in Trade Finance Services at ING. Mr Verschoren has worked 36 years at ING, as well as across Europe in a number of senior positions relating to all aspects of trade finance. He is a frequent speaker at conferences about trade finance and is a renowned trainer in the discipline. He is currently the Chair of the Banking Commission of ICC Netherlands.

“The expansion and renewal of the commission’s internal governance demonstrate a proactive approach to the changes in the sector,” said Kah Chye Tan, Chair of the ICC Banking Commission. “Trade finance is growing, therefore ICC’s advisory function and technical capacity must continuously expand and evolve to keep up with this growth for the benefit of the trade finance community. As the leading global voice for policy-making in the financing of trade, we must ensure that our knowledge base is both comprehensive and up-to-date enough to be continuously relevant.”

Thierry Senechal, Senior Policy Manager of the ICC Banking Commission, said: “Shifts in the rapidly changing economic environment and banking industry have created a growing market for new rule-writing, policy and standardization mandates. The ICC Banking Commission must evolve in parallel with market needs and mobilize the right experts to retain our position as the most authoritative voice in the field of trade finance.”

More than ever, the ICC Banking Commission is helping policymakers and standard setters to translate their vision into concrete programmes and regulations to enhance business practices throughout the world. With over 80 years of experience and over 600 members in 93 countries, the ICC Banking Commission has gained a reputation as the most authoritative voice in the field of trade finance.

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