Significant talent moves

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To kick off our summary of the recent people moves in oil, Tony Hughes has left MET Commodities after almost six years as CEO, to take the position of Senior Trader in London with Aramco. His track record shows oil trading with BP and he has also served as Global Head of Energy Options for Noble.

Oil trading group BB Energy has a new recruit in the shape of Yong Ann Chan. He joins from Sinopec to be a crude trader. Previous roles where with BP in Singapore.

JPMorgan Chase has added Prateek Singh to their London team as Oil Trader. In the past he has headed oil options trading for both Barclays Investment Bank and Castleton Commodities.

Jon Stokes is named Oil Broker by Tullett Prebon (these days, part of TP ICAP) after performing a similar role for Mars Energy since 2014. Meanwhile Joel McCarthy is made Oil Broker on the ICAP side of the group. Joel has held oil trader roles with ICBC Standard Bank and EDF. 



*Based on moves of data scientists tracked by Commodity Appointments in last 12 months.


*Based on moves of data scientists tracked by Commodity Appointments in last 12 months.

We look next to Hellerup and the Danish office of Panamax/Supramax shipping operator Norden, for whom Mark Vinther is now Senior Oil Risk Manager. Mark previously managed sales and oil risk at the Copenhagen branch of fuel price hedging company Global Risk Management. In another move by Norden, it has reinforced its presence in Chile by relocating two members of the international team to Santiago. One is Mark Kuehl, Head of Dry Cargo, from the company’s US head office in Annapolis. With him is Jeppe Berner-Magnusson from the Copenhagen HQ who has assumed the role of Chartering Manager.

UK-based commodity brokerage Marex Spectron has expanded its team on oil derivatives by including Jason K.S. Lim, once a Tullett Prebon oil broker and also a Mitsui oil trader. Jason arrives from almost five years in commodity sales for Standard Chartered Bank.

Newly promoted to Head-Global Crude Trading at Eni Trading & Shipping, Nigel Hill began with the company in 2014 as its leader on oil origination. Before that he had held a trading-head position with Oando and had a series of appointments at BP including Head of Origination.

Among Houston newslines are that Corey Walter has swapped Goldman Sachs trading for a role as a naphtha trader at Trafigura and that Alberto Vogel has been brought in by Castleton Commodities International to develop its refined products business in Mexico.  Alberto was formerly a Natixis MD of energy sales with a main focus on Latin America and Canada.

A double for Trafigura to record: Aaron Garza joins as a trader at the Houston operation and Napoleon Cruz switches from Petrotrade Philippines to be Senior Manager of the Trafigura office in Manila. Aaron was formerly a bunker trader with Integr8 Fuels. Napoleon is a past manager at Petron Fuel International of Malaysia, who started its trading desk for crude oil imports and dealt with refined products as well as handling its shipping contracts.


Once in Den Haag as the head of Shell's LNG freight trading team, Steven Wilson returned to the United States when Shell Trading of Houston needed a business development manager for crude oil trading. He’s now remained in Texas to be Senior Freight Trader for Lukoil Pan Americas. Lukoil HQ in Moscow reported lately that Sergey Puntus, the head of its finance directorate, has taken over the functions of retiring VP/Treasurer Stanislav Nikitin.

Alexey Vassiliev becomes a trader for Totsa (Total Oil Trading) in Geneva after trading crude, fuel oil and derivatives for Koch S&T. He has also worked as a trader in fuel oil and feedstocks for Fuel & Marine Marketing (FAMM) up to its re-naming as Chevron Global Marine Products.

George Christie has transferred from Singapore to Geneva upon his appointment by Zenrock Europe, who have made him International Trading Manager in natural gas liquids/condensates and refined products. His Singapore sojourn was while he was working with Koch Refining, as Manager of International Trading in LPG and naphtha.

VP - Fuel Oil Operations is Emily Doyle’s new job with Macquarie Group. Between 2013 and 2019 she has been at Shell, most recently handling its New York harbour fuel oil blending and commercial operations.

Hari Ravidran joins Mitsui Bussan Commodities in London as Assistant Trader - Oil Derivatives. It’s a career surge for Hari, after being an analyst with BP on oil, natural gas and European power.

Nigel Beng Hwee Ng was an assistant manager in audit and assurance for PwC Singapore between 2001-2006 and an AVP in product control for Credit Suisse until 2009. Over the past 10 years, however, Nigel’s been a commodity risk manager for BP. That has now ended with a move to Aramco Trading, joining the Saudi company as Risk Manager-Product Control.

And, finally for this section, the latest team member at Wood Mackenzie is Theo Zisis, joining as Senior Oil Demand Analyst. Formerly with Centrica, Theo was an analyst on fundamentals, strategy and economics.


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