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Management Team

Gregg Egen
Chairman of the Board

Gregg Egen was appointed a non-executive director of ECU in 2015 and serves as Chairman of the Board. He has wide experience in the financial sector.

Gregg was Managing Director of Espirito Santo Investment in London, prior to which he was Head Investment Banking at Kidder Peabody International plc where he rebuilt the firm’s European M&A advisory platform, having previously worked as a Senior Director at Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company as Head of European Structured Finance, in London.

Michael Petley
Chief Investment Officer
Chairman of the Global Macro Team

Michael Petley is ECU's Chief Investment Officer, Chairman of its Global Macro Team and one of the investment managers of ECU's Institutional Global Macro and Active FX Overlay Strategies. Michael founded ECU in 1988 and pioneered the company's flagship $1.8bn multi-currency debt management programme.

He has over 25 years of experience in managing FX mandates, presiding over the successful management of all ECU's core currency products for 19 years. Michael sits on the Advisory Council for Business for Britain and is a leading commentator on European Monetary Union.

André de Klerk
Chief Financial Officer

André is Chief Financial Officer at ECU. André started his career at Deloitte and has over 18 years' experience in the financial services sector. He is also responsible for all corporate governance, compliance and HR matters and also serves on ECU's Audit and Risk Committee. André previously spent six years at ECU where he oversaw the risk management of our $1.8bn currency debt management programme and designed some key operational systems.

Before returning to ECU, André was responsible for setting up and overseeing the corporate advisory and currency derivatives brokerage divisions at TTT Moneycorp.

Neil Staines
Head of Trading and Execution

Neil Staines is ECU's Head of Trading and Execution. He was formerly co-founder & Head of Investment at 3D Currency Management. Previously, Neil worked at RBS Global Banking & Markets, latterly as Head of FX Proprietary Trading.

Neil and his team are responsible for the monitoring, execution and risk management of all ECU's trading programmes and strategies.

Rona Delves Broughton
Non-Executive Director

Rona Delves Broughton was appointed as a non-executive director of ECU in 2009 and serves on ECU's Remuneration Committee. She has been a Lloyds Underwriter since 1976 and a director of Kensington Underwriting since 1997.

Rona has served on the Council of Lloyds for two periods, has been a member of Lloyds Investment Board since 1999, a member of Lloyds Capital Transfer Committee since 2003 and Chairman of the High Premium Group since 1995. She was also formerly a Trustee of Lloyds Charities Trust.

David Robinson
Non-Executive Director

David Robinson was appointed as a non-executive director of ECU in February 2011, chairs the ECU's Audit & Risk Committee, and serves on its Remuneration Committee.

David is a qualified chartered accountant. He began his career at Touche Ross and has held senior financial positions at a number of different companies, most recently at ED&F Man Holdings Ltd (formally Man Group plc). David retired in 2004 and serves on the board of several charities.

Alexander Jones
Non-Executive Director

Alexander Jones has spent over 35 years in the financial services sector. He worked at N.M. Rothschild & Sons and N.M. Rothschild Asset Management before founding Bede Securities Limited. He sold Bede to Jardine Matheson and became managing director of Jardine Matheson’s UK and Far Eastern investment management operations.

He founded Cleveland Capital Management plc which was acquired by The ECU Group plc in 1992. Alexander spent 10 years as a director of European Corporate Services Group and first re-joined the board of The ECU Group plc in 2004.

Matthew Lindfield
Head of Private Clients

Matthew Lindfield is Head of Private Clients at ECU. Matthew was Head of ECU's Introducing Broker network for nine years in which time he was responsible for marketing ECU's products and services to intermediaries, generating over £500m of FX mandates for ECU.

Matthew started his career as a private client stockbroker at Fimatex before joining ECU under ED&F Man's ownership in 2000.

Pawel Szpak
Head of Trade Support & Settlements

Pawel Szpak is Head of Trade Support & Settlements at ECU. Pawel has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accountancy from the University of Kwazulu Natal and started his career as an Audit Clerk at Deloitte, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Most recently, Pawel was a Financial Controller at RBS, having also worked with Deutsche Bank.

Investment Team

 

Michael Petley
Chief Investment Officer
Chairman of the Global Macro Team

Michael Petley is ECU's Chief Investment Officer, Chairman of its Global Macro Team and one of the three investment advisers to ECU's Institutional Global Macro and Active FX Overlay Strategies. Michael founded ECU in 1988 and pioneered the company's flagship $1.8bn multi-currency debt management programme.

He has over 25 years of experience in managing FX mandates, presiding over the successful management of all ECU's core currency products for 19 years. Michael sits on the Advisory Council for Business for Britain and is a leading commentator on European Monetary Union.

Stephen Jen
Global Macro Team
Global Macro & Currency Strategy Investment Adviser

Stephen Jen is managing partner of SLJ Macro Partners LLP, a member of ECU’s Global Macro Advisory team and one of the three investment advisers to ECU's Institutional Global Macro and Active FX Overlay Strategies, specialising in global macroeconomic policy.

From 2009 to 2011,Stephen was MD of Macroeconomics & Currencies at Bluegold Capital. Previously, Stephen was with Morgan Stanley for 12 years, latterly as Global Head of Currency Research. After attaining his PhD in Economics from the MIT, Stephen spent four years as an economist with the IMF.

Fatih Yilmaz
Global Macro Team
Global Macro & Currency Strategy Investment Adviser

Fatih Yilmaz is a founding partner of SLJ Macro Partners LLP, a member of ECU’s Global Macro Advisory team and one of the three investment advisers to ECU's Institutional Global Macro and Active FX Overlay Strategies, specialising in quantitative research and modelling.

After his MA and PhD studies in Finance and Econometrics, Fatih was Assistant Professor of Finance at Exeter. Previous roles include Currency Economist at Morgan Stanley, Chief European Currency Strategist and Head of Institutional Quant at Bank of America and Director of Quantitative Research and Trading at Bluegold Capital.

Robin Griffiths
Global Macro Team
Head of Multi-Asset Research

Robin Griffiths is Head of Multi-Asset Research at ECU. He was previously Chief Technical Analyst at HSBC Investment Bank for 20 years before becoming Head of Global Asset Allocation at Rathbones, and then a director and technical strategist for Cazenove Capital Management.

Robin was a Partner of WI Carr and Head of Technical Analysis at Grieveson Grant. Robin is a committee member and former chairman of the international Federation of Technical Analysts, and former chairman, now fellow, of the British Society of Technical Analysts. Robin has been a member of ECU's Global Macro Team for over 20 years.

Neil Staines
Global Macro Team
Head of Trading and Execution

Neil Staines is ECU's Head of Trading and Execution. He was formerly co-founder & Head of Investment at 3D Currency Management. Previously, Neil worked at RBS Global Banking & Markets, latterly as Head of FX Proprietary Trading.

Neil and his team are responsible for the monitoring, execution and risk management of all ECU's trading programmes and strategies.

George Magnus
Global Macro Team
Senior Economic Adviser

George Magnus is a long standing and independent member of ECU's Global Macro Team, specialising in global macroeconomic trends and the global financial system.

George is Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank, where he was previously Chief Economist for seven years. His former roles include Chief International Economist at UBS and Head of Fixed Income Research and Chief Economist at S.G.Warburg.

George is author of two highly acclaimed economic books: "The Age of Ageing" and "Uprising: will emerging markets shape or shake the world economy?"

Neil MacKinnon
Global Macro Team
Global Macro Strategy Adviser

Neil MacKinnon is a long-standing and independent member of ECU’s Global Macro Team and Global Macro Strategist at VTB Capital, having been ECU’s Chief Currency Strategist for six years.

Previous roles include Chief Currency Strategist at both Citibank and Merrill Lynch. From 1982 to 1986, Neil was an economist with HM Treasury, where he worked for the Chancellor of the Exchequer and other UK Treasury ministers.

Neil sits on the Advisory Council of Business for Britain.

Kit Juckes
Global Macro Team  
Senior FX & Fixed Income Adviser

Kit Juckes is a long-standing and independent member of ECU's Global Macro Team and Head of FX Strategy at Société Générale.

Kit has over 25 years’ experience having commenced his career in 1985 with Money Market Services International (which became part of Standard & Poor’s).

His former roles include Chief Economist at ECU, Global Head of Research at RBS Global Banking & Markets and Head of Bond and FX Strategy at NatWest Markets.

Simon Hunt
Global Macro Team  
Strategic Adviser - China & Commodities

Simon is a long-standing and independent member of ECU's Global Macro Team, specialising in China and some of the major industrial commodity markets, notably copper.

In 1975, Simon Hunt founded Brook Hunt, a market leading provider of market analysis across the metals and mining markets (now part of Wood Mackenzie). In 1996, Simon left Brook Hunt to form Simon Hunt Strategic Services which provides global economic research services.

Simon has spent 2-3 months a year for the past 20 years visiting factories across China and has an office in Beijing.

Andrew Rozanov
Global Macro Team  
Economic Adviser - Japan

Andrew Rozanov is a member of ECU’s Global Macro Research & Advisory team and an associate fellow (International Economics) at Chatham House, specialising in Japanese economic policy. Formerly managing director and head of institutional advisory at Permal Group, responsible for advising sovereign wealth funds and other long-term institutional investors, prior to which he was MD and head of sovereign advisory at State Street. Andrew is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and holds a master's equivalent degree in Asian and African Studies from Moscow State University.

Rashpal Sohan
Senior Macro & Quantitative Strategist

Rashpal Sohan is Senior Macro & Quantitative Strategist at ECU, specialising in building fundamental and technical quantitative modes for use in global tactical asset allocation. He has a decade of experience in Asset Allocation, having previously served as Senior Asset Allocation Analyst for one of the UK's largest discretionary investment management firms, Rathbone Brothers.

Rashpal holds a first class honors degree in Actuarial Science from the London School of Economics, and is a qualified Financial Risk Management (FRM) professional.

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