Barclays Capital Appoints Head of FX Strategy, Asia-Pacific Ex-Japan

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Singapore - Barclays Capital has announced the appointment of Olivier Desbarres as Director and Head of FX Strategy, Asia-Pacific ex Japan.

In this new role, Desbarres will provide focused leadership of our EM FX Asia and G10 FX strategy research across Asia including Australia and New Zealand, ex-Japan. Based in Singapore, he will report to Paul Robinson, Head of Global FX Research and Jon Scoffin, Head of Research, Asia-Pacific and Head of Global Credit Research.

Desbarres joins the firm from Credit Suisse where he worked for 13 years in a variety of roles across the Economics and Strategy functions in Research. Since May 2008, he was Asia Currency Strategist, based in Singapore, responsible for formulating and marketing views and trade recommendations on all emerging Asian currencies. He was also the spokesperson for G10 FX views.
'We are delighted to welcome Olivier to Barclays Capital', said Robinson, 'His leadership is expected to significantly strengthen our focus and capability in Asia FX research, complementing our global research platform'.

Scoffin added: 'Olivier brings a strong background in currency strategy, spanning Asia, EEMEA, and developed markets. His appointment will accelerate our progress in broadening our strategy offering and value add to clients'.

Desbarres joins Nick Verdi and Hamish Pepper in the Barclays Asia FX Strategy Research team. Verdi joined the team in January 2011, having been with Barclays Capital in London for over 9 years working in European Economics. Pepper joined the firm in August, from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand where he worked as a Senior Analyst in the Financial Markets Research Team, responsible for monitoring domestic and offshore financial markets developments.

Under Desbarres’ leadership, the team will be working closely with their regional and global colleagues to deliver a comprehensive FX Research product to our clients.

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