Significant talent moves

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Here are the highlights from the most recent moves in oil, starting with Arcadia Trading, which has scooped up two oil traders from Chevron to occupy similar positions in the company’s Houston office. At Chevron, Jake Housman had the title of International Crude Oil Trader and Kevin McGovern was Crude Oil Trader.

Trafigura in Geneva has moved up Mikkel Jacobsen from Trader to Co-Head of Bunkering, having brought him in last year to help develop its bunker business. Mikkel is a former MD at oil/shipping group Monjasa, located in Dubai to oversee bunker activities in the Middle East and Africa. Monjasa meanwhile has invited Peder Gellert Pedersen, acting Exec VP of the ferry division at DFDS, to join the board of its holding company. Another recent Monjasa announcement has been the opening of an office in Vietnam to add to its Singapore regional HQ.



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


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

Abu Dhabi is the new home of Ken Inglis, with his appointment to be Manager of Asset Trading Optimisation for Adnoc. Previous roles for Ken have been in South Africa, including at one time being a Shell trading manager responsible for ensuring optimal supplies of crude to the group’s refineries in Europe. Later, Shell in South Africa made him Global Downstream Price Risk Optimisation Manager.

Senior Bunker Trader at SingFuels UK in London is the latest position for Matthew Pilgrim. He had joined OceanConnect Marine UK in 2011 as a junior bunker broker and while at the company advanced to Bunker Trader/Broker. BP’s choice for Chief US Economist and Head of Analysis is Michael Cohen, until now the global head of commodities research at Barclays. Michael can also point to seven years as an economist with the U.S. Department of Energy and two years being the senior oil market analyst for the International Energy Agency.

We wish Sarah de Oliveira well on becoming a Bunker Trader at HET Hamburg Energy Trading. Hamburg was Sarah’s home between 2010 and 2012 while she acted as shipbroker and chartering manager for Frisia Chartering. Re-locating to London, she managed Gearbulk’s charters for its dry-bulk fleet covering Atlantic and Pacific routes. Next stop was Singapore, to charter freight for South32, then back to Hamburg, initially as Senior Chartering Manager at K+S Transport.

Trafigura have brought in Madhav Janakiraman to be a Derivatives Trader for its Houston operation. Madhav is an electrics/electronics graduate from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore who followed internships by joining Deutsche Bank as a trader on the oil desk, moving subsequently to New York City to be part of BNP Paribas global team managing crude oil swaps and options.

After almost 12 years with Tullett Prebon, where he became head of crude and options, Craig Lindsey is now at market brokerage services group GFI in London as Head of Oil.

ExxonMobil hires Ruddin Dhilawala to be Crude Oil Trader in Singapore. It ends his near-24 years association trading oil for BP, including the last three years with BP Middle East in Dubai.


Jeisun Wen in Houston is promoted to Head of NGL Trading by Castleton Commodities International. Already elevated from VP to Executive Director at the company since 2017, most recently Jeisun has served as a cross-commodity trader.

Among other moves news out of Texas, Dustin Jones joins Vitol as Trader. He’s been Texas-based previously, first with Sunoco Logistics as crude oil supply manager and afterwards with Shell Trading where he was a Senior Trader.

In Geneva, Koch S&T’s promotion of PhD Winny O’Kelly de Galway is from quant strategist on oil paper trading to Energy Trader.

Next we head to Trafigura Geneva, new workplace of Tristan Almada after his switch from London portfolio management positions with Moore Capital Management and Andurand.

Ineos in London have chosen Tom Whitehouse to fill a vacancy for Asset Trader in naphtha and LPG. He has previously been an analyst for Green Energy UK and ICIS. Most recently he’s worked at British company Energy Aspects, analysing oil products.

Tim Bullock was COO-Global Oil at BP until 2011, after which he joined Lukoil trading company Litasco of Geneva as CEO. Spring 2019 finds Tim in the CEO seat at Mabanaft in Hamburg, his appointment being described by the company as coinciding with the re-orientation of its trading unit Marquard & Bahls.

Adnoc’s latest recruit is Antoine Hardy, who joins the Geneva-based team as gasoline trader. It is his third consecutive post in this capacity, the others having been with Totsa/Total Oil Trading and Socar.

Francesco Faiella continues his career in the oil business by filling the vacancy for Senior Operator-West African (WAF) Crude Oil at Eni T&S. He has been a finance operator for Shell Oil Trading, an operations analyst for Noble Clean Fuels and a cargo oil operator for Unipec UK.


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