French Bank Names Asian Unit Head

Stephen Swift, Societe Generale

Stephen Swift, Societe Generale

Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking has appointed a new Head of Global Finance for Asia Pacific. The incumbent relocates to London to take on the role of Chief Country Officer for the U.K.

Stephen Swift will take up the new post with effect from 1st January 2017, the bank said in a statement. Swift, who will be based in Hong Kong, will report to Hikaru Ogata, CEO of Societe Generale for Asia Pacific, and Pierre Palmieri, Global Head of Global Finance.

In his new role, he will be expected to further develop Societe Generale's Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) Global Finance business in the Asia Pacific region.

Swift joined Societe Generale in London in 1987 before moving to Paris to launch the bank’s Continental European (ex-France) Leverage Finance activity. In 1997 he moved to Syndication firstly in Paris and then from 2006 based in London to run the European Loan Syndication business.

Hong Kong to London

During this time he was an active Board Member of the Loan Markets Association (LMA) in London. In 2008, Stephen was appointed Global Head of the bank’s Leveraged and Non Investment Grade Origination business with responsibility for LBOs and TMT Financing and a global mandate.

In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Head of Global Syndicate with responsibility for the Bank’s loans and bonds businesses.

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In taking up the new post he will replace Sadia Ricke (pictured left) following her appointment as Chief Country Officer for the United Kingdom, also effective 1st January 2017. has reported on a series of management re-shuffles across its Asian business units this year.


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