Paul Gardner has been appointed global head of structured trade and export finance at Westpac.

He will report to the Australian bank’s Asia general manager Bala Swaminathan. He joins Westpac from Deutsche Bank, where he was most recently regional head of structured trade and export finance.

He joins other senior appointees in the corporate banking and foreign exchange side of Westpac’s business. Speaking of the appointments, Swaminathan says: “These appointments reflect Westpac’s deliberate strategy of focusing on the increasing trade, capital and people flows, expanding our capability and building our deep relationships with customers by offering them local expertise and the strengths of the number one institutional bank in Australasia.”