LCH, the global clearing house, has just announced that Kate Birchall has been appointed Head of Asia Pacific, LCH Ltd, effective 15 October 2018. Based in Sydney, Birchall will report to Martin Pluves, CEO, LCH Ltd.
Kate Birchall will be responsible for LCH’s business in Asia Pacific, including the CCP’s existing OTC derivatives clearing operations in Sydney and Tokyo. Asia Pacific is a region of strategic growth for LCH, which is directly licenced in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore. Members and clients from 12 APAC countries currently use LCH’s clearing services.
Birchall will join LCH from National Australia Bank (NAB), where she was most recently Head of Portfolio Optimisation and Collateral. Prior to her time At NAB, she was a director at KPMG and has also held various roles at Lloyds, CIBC and ANZ.
Kate Birchall’s appointment follows Marcus Robinson assuming the position of LCH Head of Group Business Development, based in London. In his new role, Marcus is responsible for defining new business opportunities by engaging clients across services to identify and develop new services and products. Marcus reports to Daniel Maguire, CEO, LCH Group.
Martin Pluves, CEO, LCH Ltd, said:
I’m pleased to welcome Kate to LCH as Head of Asia Pacific. She brings with her substantial experience of the markets in Australia and internationally, and will be an asset to our leadership team. In her new role she will oversee our growing business in Asia Pacific, fostering relationships with market participants in the region, and leading our colleagues based in Australia and Japan. I’d also like to thank Marcus for his successful four year tenure as Head of Asia Pacific, and look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role as Head of Group Business Development.