Scott free

After four years as head of Asian ECM at Salomon Smith Barney, Scott Ferguson is to disconnect his Blackberry for a short while.

Having requested a leave of absence, Salomon Smith Barney has given Ferguson some months off, letting one of Asia's most mobile and hard working bankers vacate Cathay Pacific seat 14K and take a well-earned break.

Speculation that Ferguson was to join another firm, resign once stock options vest, or retire again has been rife for the past couple of weeks. The banker himself, however, will remain under contract at Salomon and is committed to return probably to Asia after a global grand tour which will see him hit the polo fields of Argentina, attend a 20-year high school reunion in the US and wrestle with the bulls of Pamplona rather than the bear markets of...

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