Excelian Announces Key New Senior Appointments in Global Commodities and Pan-Africa Practices

London - 11 October 2011

Excelian Ltd, City-based specialist financial services IT consultancy, have announced three significant senior appointments within its expanding Commodities practice and the appointment of its first Head of its South Africa practice, covering the whole continent.

Phil Culbert, formerly Global Head of Commodities Transaction Management at Deutsche Bank, joins Excelian as Partner and Head of Commodities. With over 13 years’ experience in commodities and financial markets working for the likes of JP Morgan and BP, Phil is ideally placed to drive the Commodities practice forward.

Phil is joined in Commodities by two further senior appointments: Nicola Bumford and Marc Maynard, who both join the company as senior principal consultants.

Marc joins Excelian from JP Morgan where he held the post of Executive Director in Commodity Exotics and Hybrids Technology, responsible for providing front to back technology across Commodity Investor Products.

Nicola brings over 21 years’ full project lifecycle experience, encompassing 15 years in energy consulting, three years in physical commodities and two years on financial products.

At the same time, Michael Roberts, formerly Equity Derivatives Programme Manager at RBS joins Excelian as Head of South Africa with a pan-Africa role. Michael has been consulting within the Capital Markets environment with clients such as Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Barclays Capital where his main responsibilities have been for the re-engineering and planning of strategic platforms, including deployment and integration of new technologies to support business control, growth and revenue generation.

Jeremy Ward, joint chief executive, said: “Despite turbulence in the markets, we continue to see strong growth in our business, particularly globally. We are delighted to welcome Phil, Marc and Nicola to Excelian at such an exciting time for Excelian. As recognised experts in the industry, we see these key appointments as a major step in the next phase of our growth. We are already the largest independent Murex practice in the world. Now, our ambition is to triple our Commodities business by 2015 which will include significant expansion into the regulatory space. We also see major opportunities across the whole of Africa and are delighted Michael, as a passionate advocate for the continent, will be leading our plans there.”

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