Chicago in the picture People China poised for growth Asia conference - building on networking 2 International One of the newest additions to the bank's international network, Rabobankers in Chicago wanted to get their picture in the paper, so they sent us a group portrait taken at the official opening late last year. Back row, fltr: Angela Nuby, Ron Little, Sharon Luellen, Larry Sidwell, Mike King, Eelko Bronkhorst and Greg Mojica; Front, fltr: Judy Bresolin, Michael Butz, Elaine Endier, Bob Bucklin, Steve Phillips and Tom Stevens. In the centre is, of course, Rabobank chairman Herman Wijffels.Tim Fossa and Ruth Bertolozzi are missing from the picture. This is the Chinese Year of the Pig, symbolizing wealth and goodfortuneforall.And if every- thing goes according to plan, it could prove exactly that for Rabo bank - especially in the PRC. Hong Kong branch had what GM Sjouke Postma des- cribes as 'a very good year in 1994. Our people actually brought in three excellent per formances,' he says. 'First, the syndications department did exceptionally well. Plus, we've been able to do some very nice deals on large projects with the agri-project finance team. Last but definitely not least, our commodity and trade finance team did a fantastic job of put ting us firmly on the market map, and that after only one year of trading.' Things are clearly moving in Hong Kong, but on the main- land they're moving even fas- ter. 'The Shanghai rep office was a great start, but it was certainly only a start. We hop ing to gain full branch status there in the very near future.' The bank is acting rapidly in China because changing fiscal legislation means off-shore ac- tivities are no longer as com- petitive as they once were. 'This is why we pushing ahead with this licence and I think you'11 see us looking for a new office in a different location there very soon.' The PRC may be taking off rapidly, but its postal service remains slow. The bank's representative in Shanghai sent this photograph offto us in November - it took three months to arrivé. But we thoughtyou'd like to see it anyway just in case we have the same mail hiccup next time Rabobank opens an office in China. Henk Visser is pictured here with the vice president of the Peopie's Bank of China, Shang hai Branch, Ms Lin Yu Li. Brazil Sao Paolo's CAN DO TEAM has been reorganized and rein- forced.The new chief of risk man agement is Dainesi who joined the bank on February 1He is supported by two new trainees, Guilherme and Juliana. Araujo was looking for a new challenge, so he transferred from the credit department to take up a new position with the commercial department.The new head of operations is Dauernheimer whose appointment is effective February 6. North America/Dallas New col- lateral inspection officer Michael Walker is an established expert in commodities inspection. He joins the Dallas office, reporting to Callan Oltmann. New York Benefits manager, human resources Robert Arthur comes to the bank from Bankers Trust via Time Inc. He brings to the bank 11 years of experience in employee benefits and human resources.Treasury risk analyst Amy Tulman also comes from Bankers Trust. She is an MBA in fi nance and BA in economics and in her new position will be report ing to Steve Honig. Senior fi- nancial analyst Cristina Lirot has over 15 years of banking exper ience, most recently with New Canaan Bank and Trust. She will be reinforcing the credit depart ment. Mary Marley has been ap- pointed loan compliance officer, reporting to Dianne Embree. She comes to the bank from Allied Irish in New York where she was a credit administrator. The corporate services depart ment has a new senior customer representative for syndication. Winnie Ng was with NatWest in New York for 18 years, most recently as operations supervisor. All appointments already effective. Thailand The bank's newest rep office is now up and running. Bangkok-based Tjepke Nawijn is the representative and though he is still operating from his hotel telephone, we should have exact location details by next issue. Utrecht/Eindhoven Former chief representative in Indonesia, Henk Danser, has been appoint- ed head of the retail marketing and sales at the bank's office in Eindhoven. His new appointment is effective immediately. Delegates from all over the Pacific Rim, and from New York, San Francisco and Utrecht met in Singapore for the second regional trade finance conference. The aim was to discuss ways of improving network ing and direct communication between offices in this increasingly important region for the bank. 'The idea is to exchange know-how and expertise, and to promote a regional approach to international trade finance,' says conference chairman Shafik Gabr. 'Each delegate makes a presentation on how their office deals with the market and we're increasingly seeing improvements in the way they work together on deals.' The conference proved an ideal venue for two im portant announcements. Headoffice has approved a lower weighting under the country limits for back-to- back L/C transactions. This was particularly welcome news for Hong Kong and Singapore, as both generate an immense volume in this particular product. An- other piece of good news was the fact that interna tional trade finance has achieved the tough goals and targets laid down in the 1992 global agribusiness policy. 'And I was also able to teil people what the new targets will be for the coming four years,' says Gabr, 'they're even tougher.'

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