Ashley Wilkins promoted to regional deputy CEO of SG CIB

Societe Generale appoints Ashley Wilkins to the position of deputy CEO of corporate and investment banking for Asia-Pacific, while leaving him in charge of global finance for Asia as well.

Ashley Wilkins has been promoted to deputy chief executive officer for Societe Generale corporate and investment banking (SG CIB) for Asia-Pacific

Wilkins will continue to be based in Hong Kong. He will be a part of the French bank’s corporate and investment banking executive committee for Asia-Pacific, reporting to Hikaru Ogata, the regional CEO. Ogata started as CEO of the Asian corporate and investment bank in September. Previously, Ogata was at BNP Paribas, where he was global head of fixed-income sales.

Wilkins joined SG in 1996 to lead project finance, advisory and real estate operations in Asia. He was appointed head of global finance for Asia-Pacific in July 2009, a position he will retain. Before that he was head of the capital raising and financing division in Asia -- a job he took up in October 2007 -- and through the years he has shared his views with FinanceAsia on many topics, including sustainable investing.

As deputy CEO, Wilkins will assist Ogata in developing and executing the bank’s overall strategy in serving corporations and financial institutions in global markets (equities, fixed income and commodities), financing and advisory as well as in industry sectors where the bank has significant regional expertise, such as energy, commodities, infrastructure, media and telecommunications, SG said in a written statement. Wilkins will have a specific focus on global finance and client businesses. Wilkins has earlier told FinanceAsia that his focus is on building sustainable relationships, rather than slash-and-burn banking.

Wilkins joined Societe Generale after 16 years with the NatWest Group in London and Hong Kong.

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