Natixis appoints new heads of United Kingdom and Middle East for Corporate & Investment Banking

Natixis is pleased to announce two senior appointments within its Corporate & Investment Banking business. Simon Eedle is appointed Senior Country Manager, United Kingdom effective 1st July 2020 and Barbara Riccardi is appointed Regional Head of Middle East, effective 15th June 20201.

Simon Eedle will be based in Natixis London Branch and will continue to report to Stéphane About, CEO, EMEA, Corporate & Investment Banking. Simon has been with Natixis since 2012 as Regional Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Middle East, based in Dubai. Prior to joining Natixis, he spent 22 years with Banque Indosuez / Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, mainly in capital markets management positions in the Middle East, Asia, London and New York.

Simon succeeds Serge Ekué who left Natixis at the end of March after 25 years with the company to join the West African Development Bank (BOAD) where he has been appointed Special Advisor to the President.

Barbara Riccardi will continue to be based in Natixis Dubai Branch and will report to Stéphane About. She will oversee Natixis’ Corporate & Investment Banking offices in Dubai, Turkey and its new office in Saudi Arabia, managing the bank’s activities throughout the Middle East. Barbara has been with Natixis since 2010, first in the Infrastructure team in Dubai and then New York, and since 2018 back in Dubai as Head of Distribution and Portfolio Management for Dubai Branch. Before joining Natixis, Barbara spent ten years working for international banks and corporates, primarily focused on financing and advising for the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Stéphane About said: “The appointments of Simon and Barbara, with their extensive experience and deep knowledge of Natixis’ Corporate & Investment Banking offering, will allow us to continue to build our presence in the UK and the Middle East, and will support the ongoing development of our focused business model to match our clients’ needs across the EMEA region.”