RBS has appointed Rohit Sawhney as head of global transaction services (GTS), Asia Pacific, with immediate effect.

Singapore-based Sawhney has over 25 years of banking experience and was most recently the managing director, regional head of transaction services, financial institutions, Asia Pacific at RBS.

Sawhney will report to Carole Berndt, head of GTS and joins the department’s senior leadership team.

“Rohit’s appointment reflects the depth of talent we have across our organisation,” Berndt says. “GTS is a key growth business, and we continue to see very strong demand for transaction banking services in Asia Pacific. Our global country network intermediates on 80% of the world’s trade flows and we are well positioned to expand our GTS business.”

He will also report to Pierre Ferland, head of corporate and institutional banking (CIB), Asia Pacific, and joins its management committee.

Ferland adds: “I am delighted Rohit has taken on this important role. Rohit has a wealth of experience across Asia and in particular India, one of our key growth markets. He also has clear views and plans on taking our GTS business forward, and I am confident in his ability to build on our momentum and successes.”

From June 2008 to July 2012, Sawhney was the country head for RBS GTS India, he was then appointed as the bank’s chief administrative officer (CAO) for GTS Asia Pacific.