SWIFT’s EMEA chief executive set for move into Asia
08 January 2013
News, Asia, Singapore
By Asia Asset Management
SWIFT is appointing its chief executive for EMEA, Alain Raes, to assume the chief executive role in the Asia Pacific, which it says reflects its commitment to placing a strategic focus on the East and on growth markets around the world, in line with the economic shifts that will continue for the next 20 years.
Mr. Raes will focus on implementing the strategy SWIFT has in place for the Asia-Pacific region. “I support our AP 2015 strategy – because growth in Asia in line with its economic growth ensures that we are delivering to the development of the global financial community as well as delivering economies of scale for our customers around the world,” says Mr. Raes. “I look forward to sharing my experience in EMEA, which includes mature and emerging markets, as I lead the fast-growing, leapfrogging markets of Asia.”
SWIFT’s CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt says: “Ian Johnston, who stepped down as CEO Asia Pacific at end-December 2012, has built a strong management organization and a robust strategy approved by the SWIFT Board to grow our footprint and business in the Asia Pacific region. We recognise that the world is increasingly interconnected, and our customers are responding in kind. I believe that Alain assuming responsibility for Asia will allow SWIFT to successfully continue our ambitious expansion in Asia.”
Mr. Raes adds: “I and my management teams in EMEA and Asia Pacific remain fully committed to our customers and our strategy to support the industry across all markets. I especially look forward to continuing our efforts to export Asian innovation to the rest of the global financial community, and to ensuring that the Asian voice is heard within the SWIFT community, in the key areas of regulation, innovation and market practice.”
Mr. Raes is relocating from SWIFT’s global headquarters in Belgium to its Singapore office. He was appointed chief executive of EMEA in September 2007 and was previously director of the Continental Europe region, covering securities and banking sales activities. He joined SWIFT in 1990. Prior to SWIFT he worked at Citibank, Belgium, and Fortis Bank in Singapore.
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