London, Toronto — RBC Capital Markets has announced two key executive appointments to its European leadership team.
Harry Samuel, currently global co-head of Fixed Income and Currencies and global head of Treasury Services, has been appointed chief executive officer, Europe, RBC Capital Markets. Samuel has spent 22 years working at RBC in London, Toronto and Sydney, with responsibilities for RBC's global fixed income, foreign exchange, wholesale funding, liquidity and securities finance. Having been closely involved in RBC's growth in European capital markets for the past 12 years, Harry, in conjunction with RBC Capital Markets' global Operating Committee, will provide strategic direction and leadership for all business groups in Europe.
David Thomas, currently global head of Technology and Operations, has been appointed chief operating officer, Europe, RBC Capital Markets. Thomas joined RBC in 1992 and in his 19 years with the investment bank has held senior positions in IT, risk management and compliance. In his new role, Thomas will be jointly responsible for overseeing RBC Capital Markets in Europe.
In their new roles, Samuel and Thomas replace John Burbidge, CEO, RBC Capital Markets, who retired from the investment bank effective July 31. John, who has been with RBC for over 27 years, has presided over transformational growth and change in Europe in his roles as COO and CEO for its capital markets business in the region.
'Harry and David have an outstanding track record within RBC and as such they are extremely well placed to work with our global managers to oversee the delivery of our strategy in Europe and our plans for growth in the region. The strength of our leadership team in Europe demonstrates the importance that we place on the region and on servicing our domestic and international clients that use London as a global business hub', said Mark Standish, co-CEO, RBC Capital Markets.
Doug McGregor, co-CEO, RBC Capital Markets, added: 'Over the past few years, we have built solid foundations for our business in Europe reaching several milestones. With some of our global heads of business based in London as well as some of our key clients, Harry and David will provide leadership as well as first-hand expertise to our clients in the region'.
RBC Capital Markets now employs over 1,300 people in Europe. This latest announcement in Europe comes on the heels of RBC Capital Markets' appointment in May of Doug Moore as the firm's head of Asia.