Much of OCBC’s recruitment may be focused on technology right now, but it’s also not adverse to making the occasional front-office hire during the pandemic.
Gerald Low is a case in point. He has left Rabobank after nine years, and joined OCBC’s expanding global commodities finance unit in Singapore earlier this month as a director and energy team lead, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Commodities finance is headed up by managing director Ng Chuey Peng, who has built up a workforce of relationship managers, controllers and processors in Singapore since she came on board from ABN AMRO in 2014 to establish the unit. OCBC has tripled its trade finance client numbers since then.
Low is not the only senior hire that Ng has made over the past six months. As we were the first to report, fellow ABN alum Lester Lam joined late last year to lead commodities finance in OCBC’s Hong Kong office.
New OCBC recruit Low worked in structured commodity finance at BNP Paribas in Singapore for about 16 months at the start of his career, before joining Rabobank in 2011 as a relationship manager focused on commodity finance in South Asia.
In 2014, Low relocated to the Netherlands in an RM role that involved securing and maintaining “front-end bank dealings” with commodities traders in the oils and grains, rubber, coffee, and cocoa sectors. He shifted to Kenya four years later as a director and senior RM for the African market.
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