Standard Chartered reshuffles Africa and Middle East leadership team

New regional head of securities services and operations for Standard Chartered's Africa & Middle East businesses in restructure.

By Jonathan Watkins

Standard Chartered has named a new regional head of securities services and supporting team for its Africa & Middle East business covering 17 countries.

Chris van Staden will lead the team, overseeing the business’s sales, product, implementation & client management, and technology & operations functions. 

He will be based in South Africa and report into Margaret Harwood-Jones, global head of securities services, and Philip Panaino, regional head of transaction banking, AME. 

“Africa remains a key priority in our growth strategy and having an experienced leadership team across the region is a pre-requisite to meeting client expectations,” said Harwood-Jones.

Prior to joining SCB in October 2015, van Staden was chief operating officer of investment services, wealth & investment at Standard Bank.

Maria Jenner will also be joining as the regional head of operations, Africa & Middle East, starting 1 July.

The re-organised team will also include Michelle Swanepoel, as the regional head of business, account manager, Prochi Sookun, as the regional head of sales and Pierre Mengal, as the regional head of product, Middle East.

Under the new structure Jatin Rangras will head up securities services, UAE and act as interim regional head of operations, and Catherine Tinavapi, joins the bank as head of market information, AME.

Since taking over as head of securities services, Harwood-Jones has been active in adding new names to the business across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Particularly in Asia, the custodian has seen many new additions, including Lisa Robins from Deutsche Bank as global head of transaction banking (GTB), Andrew Au as regional head of global banking for Greater China and North Asia and Ying-Ying Tan as regional head, securities services, ASEAN & South Asia.

Harwood-Jones subsequently picked up Global Custodian’s coveted Lifetime Achievement award this year in London.

The custodian was dealt a blow last week however, when one of its most senior North Asian securities services experts announced he would depart by the end of June.