Jafar Amin has been named regional president for Asia Pacific at Wells Fargo, covering corporate and commercial banking and financial institutions.

Based in Hong Kong, Amin replaces Jim Johnston, who was interim president. He reports to the bank’s chief operating officer for wholesale banking, Richard Yorke.

As well as overseeing the banking business in Asia, he will also manage relationships with regional stakeholders, including regulators, government, central banks and other commercial entities.

Amin also succeeds Jim Ho as head of the bank’s global financial institutions, Asia Pacific. Ho has left this role to become head of Greater China business development.

He relocates from London to assume the role in Hong Kong, where he was most recently executive vice-president and head of global financial institutions for Europe, managing teams in Frankfurt, London, Milan and Paris.

Amin joined Wells Fargo in 2012 from HSBC, where he spent 12 years across the financial institutions, corporate and commercial banking leadership teams. Before he joined HSBC in 2000, he spent three years working for ANZ in Bangladesh.

Yorke says: “We continue to grow our business in Asia by providing our corporate, commercial and financial institution customers with access to our US and international products and services, industry-leading global financial institution network and best-in-class technology.

“With his extensive industry and leadership experience, I am confident that Jafar will build upon this success as we continue to strengthen our capabilities and serve all our customers across this very important region.”