People Moves Monday: A series of senior appointments

The past week saw appointments from BlackRock, Bloomberg, KNG Securities, Cboe Global Markets and M&G Investments.

BlackRock promoted Dean Catton to take the helm for its European credit business after spending the last two years as its head of European leveraged finance trading for its alternatives business. Catton joined BlackRock in 2021 from Banco Santander where he had been a credit trader for four and a half years. Previously in his career, he spent several years in credit trading roles at StormHarbour Securities, UBS and Elgin Capital. He also spent several years at Goldman Sachs in a risk management and product control role.

Bloomberg appointed Colin Williams in an electronic trading and analytics solutions role. Williams joined from BNY Mellon, where he spent the last six years, most recently serving as an equity trader. Prior to that, he spent six and a half years at State Street Global Markets in a portfolio solutions role. Previously, Williams served as an investment account manager at Northern Trust. Elsewhere in his career, Williams held a pricing analyst role at Financial Times and a junior business development role at Deloitte.

Fixed income investment banking boutique KNG Securities appointed Fernando Ortega as its new head of emerging market sales. He joined KNG Securities from VTB Capital, where he served as global head of fixed income sales over the last 10 years. Prior to that, Ortega worked at Morgan Stanley as head of institutional and onshore sales. Elsewhere in his career, Ortega served as European head of emerging market sales at Santander Corporate and Investment Banking.

Cboe Global Markets appointed Laura Fuson as vice president for futures, overseeing the business’ day-to-day operations alongside identifying areas for growth in product development and distribution, including in the digital asset space. She joined from SG Americas Securities, where she most recently served as director, primes services and clearing, platform sales. Elsewhere, Katherine Kirkpatrick was appointed as chief legal officer of Cboe Digital, overseeing digital asset legal strategy and regulatory initiatives. She joined from Maple Finance, where she served as general counsel. Previously, she was a partner at global law firm King & Spalding, serving as co-chair of both the financial services and fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency groups.

M&G’s global asset management arm appointed Manabu Fujita as head of M&A Investments Japan. Fujita joined from Schroders Investment Management Japan, where he spent the last 15 years, most recently serving as head of sales. Elsewhere in his tenure, he served as head of institutional sales and business development. Previously in his career, Fujita held positions at Invesco Asset Management and Nippon Life Group in Japan. As part of the role, Fujita will oversee M&G’s expanding operations in Japan, while holding responsibility for the execution of the firm’s strategic direction and the growth of the M&G distribution franchise across institutional, pension and retail businesses in Japan.