Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank, has appointed Huang Yiping as managing director and chief economist for emerging Asia in an effort to enhance its macroeconomic research in the region.
Huang, who will be based in Hong Kong, will lead the firm’s coverage of macroeconomic research on China and will have responsibility for Hong Kong and the cross-straits political aspects of relations with Taiwan. He will report to Piero Ghezzi, BarCap’s head of global economics, emerging markets and foreign exchange research, as well as Jonathan Scoffin, head of research, Asia.
“Yiping brings to Barclays Capital a wealth of experience in analysing the economy of Greater China and the region’s financial markets,” said Ghezzi. “His appointment complements and strengthens our existing research capabilities, further enhancing and differentiating our Asian macroeconomic research offering to our clients.”
Although holding a different title, Huang’s appointment is regarded as a replacement to Peter Redward, who was head of emerging Asia research. Redward left the firm last month. Huang also fills the post of Peng Wensheng who was the firm’s chief China economist. Peng left Barclays for CICC last August.
Huang joins Barclays from Peking University where he was professor of economics at the China Centre for Economic Research. He also held the Rio Tinto chair in the Chinese economy, Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University.
Before that, he was at Citigroup where he was chief Asia economist and head of Asia-Pacific economic and market analysis, responsible for regional, macroeconomic and financial sector research.
This is BarCap’s second senior appointment in the region within a few days. Last week, the firm appointed Rafael Carrillo as head of its financial institutions group for Southeast Asia.