Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has appointed Kash Ahmad as UK specialist director.
Ahmad comes from a 25-year career in executive positions through the UK, Middle East and Asia, dealing with SMEs, mid and large corporates.
Previous roles include chief risk officer at Barclays Bank Pakistan, managing director of inward business for Barclays’ UK global corporates division and, most recently, managing director of global transaction banking at Lloyds’s commercial banking arm.
Kash officially began in his new role on January 1. He oversees 100 people in dealing with finance for trade, exports, construction and recruitment.
Kash said: “We are committed to bolstering our support further by continuing to work with leading bodies such as the Institute of Export, British Chambers of Commerce and Open to Export, in addition to forging new relationships with both public and private sector organisations alike.
“As well as international trade, the recruitment and construction sectors are vital to the performance of the UK economy and more important than ever in light of Brexit.
“SMEs in 2018 are looking to unlock working capital, manage currency risk and find new ways of financing growth. I’m thrilled to join such an innovative, client centric business during a time of exciting change and look forward to helping more businesses to grow.”
Edward Winterton, UK chief executive officer at BFS, said: “Attracting and retaining leading talent is key to our aim of providing excellent service to clients and intermediary partners alike. “Having a professional of Kash’s calibre, with such a wealth of experience at a senior level – both in the UK and overseas – is a massive coup and will undoubtedly enable us to enhance our support for UK SMEs.”