Armin Eckermann has been made global head of structured trade finance and trade services, covering all of the Standard Bank group globally, based in London. The thinking behind the move is to create one integrated group worldwide, says Eckermann, to more efficiently and effectively manage the client base.

Eckermann joined Standard as head of finance, resource banking from WestLB in January 2006, where he was managing director, global head of commodity finance.