Bank of Singapore 

Bank of Singapore has named the successor to chief executive Bahren Shaari who retired in December.

Jason Moo will take over  on 6 March this year , replacing Vincent Choo, a board member who assumed the role of interim CEO on 1 January following the retirement of ex-CEO Bahren Shaari on 31 December. 

Moo, a Singapore national, has more than 25 years of experience in private banking, wealth management and capital markets, most recently at Julius Baer as its Southeast Asia head of private banking and Singapore branch manager. P

He also spent 22 years at Goldman Sachs, in part leading various private banking units in Asia.

Chairman Lai Teck Poh said: "We are confident that [Moo's] extensive experience and deep industry knowledge will accelerate the momentum of Bank of Singapore's growth.

"He will build on what Bank of Singapore has already accomplished, sharpen the bank's strategic direction, and further develop its talent and capabilities."


Rupert Keeley has been appointed to the board of directors of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

Keeley brings over 40 years of international experience in financial services, having held several senior leadership roles at PayPal, Visa Inc., and Standard Chartered. 

He is currently an adviser to several financial services companies, including the NatWest Group, and an Independent Non-Executive Director of NewDay, a consumer credit business in the UK.

Fadel Al Ali, chairman of the DFSA, said: "We deeply appreciate the support extended by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the development of the DFSA as part of realising the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to develop the emirate into a leading global financial hub. 

"We are delighted that Rupert Keeley has joined the DFSA Board. He brings a wealth of global expertise and knowledge in the banking and payments sector, which will be incredibly valuable to the DFSA as we continue to play a vital role in strengthening Dubai and the UAE's financial sector underpinned by innovation and a robust regulatory framework."

VMS Group

VMS Group has hired Jianming Zou as head of private equity on 3 January 2023.  

Zou will be responsible for the group's private equity business, while continuing to build on VMS's established presence in Greater China.  His appointment is a key pillar of VMS's strategic growth plan.

An industry veteran, Zou has over 20 years of professional experience in the private equity and financial services industry, bringing to VMS his deep industry knowledge and expertise in private equity investments and management. 

Prior to joining VMS, he has been a partner for a China-focused private equity firm, New Horizon Capital, for over 14 years, based in Beijing. 

Before that, Zou was an associate director at Starr International Investment Advisors, where he was responsible for executing their strategic and private equity investment strategy in the APAC region. He also held roles with Goldman Sachs and CICC in his early career.

Benny Chong, Chairman and Founder of VMS Group said: "He is a welcome addition and adds significant experience to our Private Equity Team. His wealth of experience makes him an ideal choice to strengthen VMS's capabilities in the region and to meet evolving financing demands. We have a proven track record of investing in alternative assets since 2006, and I am confident Jianming will build on the success of an experienced PE team in continuing to deliver solid long-term results for our investors."


Trive, the next generation multi-asset investment platform, has appointed Dennis Austinat as its new DACH Region managing director. Based in Frankfurt, Austinat will help to grow the business in the region. 

Trive brings complex and sophisticated global investment products to an easy-to-use platform through cutting-edge technology, providing its clients a fully customizable and rich trading experience. 

Trive recently opened two offices, in Frankfurt and in Madrid, as part of its expansion plan. 

Austinat has 22 years of financial services industry experience and an established track record of delivering value to shareholders, customers, and employees. 

He joins Trive from eToro, where he was the managing director and Head of Germany, Austria and Switzerland for 6 years. Prior to this, he had spent the previous 12 years holding roles within several international Fintech companies. 

Engin Çubukçu, Trive's CEO and chairman, said: "The DACH region is a key market for Trive. Its investors are sophisticated and eager to grow their investments. As an industry veteran, Dennis understands the clients' needs well and will be well placed to help empower their progression and take their investments to new heights."


Medvida announces it has appointed Jaime Kirkpatrick as managing director of CNP Partners, which has been renamed Medvida Partners, having completed the purchase of 100% of the company. Jaime was previously deputy managing director of transformation at Mutua Madrileña, and previously director of bancassurance and CEO of Aegon Spain.

Antonio Trueba, CEO of Medvida, said: "We are counting on Jaime's experience in business management and transformation to lead the company in the operational and commercial challenges we have set for ourselves."

The transaction marks an important milestone for Medvida in its long-term strategy to grow and consolidate life insurance businesses in Europe. The insurer will double the size of its balance sheet to manage total investments of more than 4 billion euros in Spain and Italy.