Published on 18/10/2016

Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking appoints Stephen Swift as Head of Global Finance for Asia Pacific

Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking (SG CIB) announces the appointment of Stephen Swift as Head of Global Finance for Asia Pacific, with effect from 1st January 2017. He replaces Sadia Ricke following her appointment as Chief Country Officer for the United Kingdom, also effective 1st January 2017.

Based in Hong Kong, Stephen will report to Hikaru Ogata, CEO of Societe Generale for Asia Pacific, and Pierre Palmieri, Global Head of Global Finance.

In his new role, Stephen will leverage his deep knowledge of the finance industry developed over 28 years, as well as his expertise built over many years within the bank’s Global Finance division, to further develop SG CIB’s Global Finance business in the Asia Pacific region.

SG CIB has been running its Global Finance business in Asia Pacific for more than 20 years, where it offers a wide range of tailor-made financing solutions, spanning across structured financing, debt capital markets, syndication as well as strategic advisory services. The bank’s support for its clients goes hand in hand with its commitment to helping to develop local economies in this region through landmark projects in sectors including infrastructure, natural resources and energy, including in Australia where the bank has recently been awarded flagship mandates in the energy sector.

Stephen joined Societe Generale Group in London in 1987 before moving to Paris to launch the bank’s Continental European (ex-France) Leverage Finance activity. In 1997 he moved to Syndication firstly in Paris and then from 2006 based in London to run the European Loan Syndication business. During this time, Stephen was an active Board Member of the Loan Markets Association (LMA) in London. In 2008, Stephen was appointed Global Head of the bank’s Leveraged and Non Investment Grade Origination business with responsibility for LBOs and TMT Financing and a global mandate. In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Head of Global Syndicate with responsibility for the Bank’s loans and bonds businesses. Stephen graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Modern and Medieval Languages.