SocGen names Collin India country head

Evelyne Collin joined Société Générale in 1986 and was most recently the deputy head of corporate commodity and trade finance in Paris.

Société Générale has appointed Evelyne Collin as chief executive and country officer for India, the French bank said in a release on Thursday.

Collin will report to Singapore-based Pascal Lambert, head of Société Générale's corporate and investment banking division for Southeast Asia.

Collin began her new Mumbai-based posting on March 9, the bank said in a separate communication. She replaced Marc-Emmanuel Vives who left the bank to pursue outside opportunities.

Collin will oversee the development of the bank’s business in India, where it operates a corporate and investment banking arm, a joint venture securities brokerage with State Bank of India and a mutual fund, also a JV with SBI.

The bank also owns an automotive leasing and fleet management business in India.

Société Générale described the new India country head as a seasoned banker with 30 years of experience in risk, structured finance, and the commodities markets.

In India the bank leverages its global network and product portfolio to attract clients seeking growth opportunities, while maintaining a focus on large Indian business groups transacting in Europe, China, and Africa.

Collin joined Société Générale in Hamburg 1986. She spent the better part of her career at the bank working with the natural resource group of the corporate and investment banking division, first as deputy head of structured commodity and mining finance, rising to global head of trade finance.

Most recently she was the Paris-based deputy head of corporate commodity and trade finance, managing oil traders’ financing teams in Europe while overseeing business development activities for Africa.

The bank has yet to name Collin’s successor in Paris but indicated that her duties will be divided amongst the commodity and trade finance team.

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