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Bank of Montreal in Chicago has hired First Chicago's former chief spot dealer Steve Matsuo as a senior proprietary trader, an official confirms. Matsuo left First Chicago a few weeks ago (FXW, April 14). BMo has also hired Gerry Connor to trade dollar/Swiss franc. Connor, who comes from a similar position at AIG, will report to spot chief John Martin.

Meanwhile AIG has made some new hires in Hong Kong. Gregg Romuntd will run the Asian currency options business in Hong Kong, says Gary Davis, president and CEO. The newly created position is part of an effort to expand that business, Davis says. Romuntd, who comes from the Asian emerging markets desk at Citibank in Singapore, will be reporting to Phil Heilberg, senior vice president responsible for Far East operations. Another new hire is Su Keong Ng as a vice president on the Asian currency forwards desk.

Den Norske Bank in New York has hired Per Norr as a vice president on its FX sales desk, replacing Bjorn Lisoy who has transferred to the head office in Norway.

United News & Media has named Gerry Wilton as chief executive of its money and securities broking companies, Harlow Butler and Garban, officials say. Wilton was previously chief executive of the Harlow Butler Group. In addition to his previous responsibilities for the broking businesses in Europe and Asia, Wilton will now add the businesses in North and South America to his oversight. Charles Gregson, executive director of financial and information services at UN&M, was formerly both chairman and chief executive of UN&M's broking companies. Gregson will continue in his role as chairman. "I am delighted to have Gerry Wilton as chief executive of all our broking activities," says Gregson. "He brings a wealth of experience in the broking business where he started as a trainee on the corporate desk almost 25 years ago."

Banque Internationale Luxembourg has hired Joanne Rowat, formerly with Yasuda Trust in London, as a treasury dealer on the money markets desk in London, says an official. An official at Yasuda says Rowat's position has not yet been filled.

First Chicago hired Andy White as a senior FX spot dealer in London, a newly created position, says Mel Mayne, head of FX in London. White, who previously held a similar position at BZW, will concentrate on dollar/mark trading. Officials at BZW did not return calls by press time.

American Express Bank has appointed Kim Rosenberg as senior vice president and treasurer in New York. Rosenberg will have responsibility for asset and liability management, funding, foreign exchange and cash management, among other things. Most recently, Rosenberg was a member of Citicorp's market risk policy committee, which has responsibility for setting policies, procedures and market-related risk limits on a global basis.

National Australia Bank named Ron Erdos general manager, head of global derivatives and structured products, based in Sydney. He was previously managing director of derivatives for Asia, ex-Japan for Bank of America in Hong Kong. "Ron will lead the development of a structured and disciplined global derivatives service that gives our customers more flexibility to manage their interest rate and currency exposures," says Mike Aynsley, general manager and head of the global markets division.

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