Author: Gordon Platt

Global Finance’s annual list of Who’s Who in Foreign Exchange.

BMO Capital Markets

C.J. Gavsie

Managing director & global head of foreign exchange products and China capital markets
Gavsie is responsible for BMO’s global foreign exchange operations in Canada, the US, Europe and China. He serves on the Canadian Foreign Exchange Committee and is co-chair of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance’s renminbi working group.

BMO Capital Markets

Firas Askari

Managing director & global head of foreign exchange trading
Askari is responsible for Canadian dollar trading globally at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto. He is a past president of the Financial Markets Association of Canada and has served on the Bank of Canada’s FX Committee. He joined BMO in 1996.

BNY Mellon

John Murray

Head of currency administration sales & FX services client engagement
Murray has been a leader in creating and developing BNY Mellon’s currency administration business, which is focused on strengthening the integration of hedging administration services provided by the bank’s trading and servicing groups.

Banco Itaú

Rogério Carvalho Braga

Product director for foreign exchange
Braga was recently named director of foreign exchange at Banco Itaú, which he joined in 1999. He was hired at Unibanco in 1987 as president of Cambuhy Citrus Commercial Exporters. Banco Itaú acquired Unibanco in 2008.

Banco Itaú BBA

José Augusto Durand

Director, client desk, foreign exchange desk & developing products department
Banco Itaú’s client and FX desks provide corporate, treasury, international and investment banking services in Brazil. Durand joined the bank in 1996 and was previously a senior trader for the client desk at Lloyds Bank.

Brown Brothers Harriman

Marc Chandler

Global head of currency strategy
Chandler joined Brown Brothers Harriman in 2005 as global head of currency strategy. He had been the chief currency strategist for HSBC Bank USA and Mellon Bank. An associate professor at New York University, he teaches classes in international political economy.

CME Group

Derek Sammann

Senior managing director, global head of commodity and options products
Sammann joined the CME in 2006, where he had previously served as senior managing director of interest rates and FX products. Before that, he was managing director, global head of FX options and structured products, at Calyon in London. Sammann also serves as vice chair of the recently formed Foreign Exchange Professionals Association.


Nadir Mahmud

Global head of FX and local markets
Mahmud was named to his current position in February, and he relocated to London from Singapore, where he had been regional markets head for Asia-Pacific at Citi. He began his career at Citi in Bahrain in 1984 and has held senior positions at the bank in London, New York, Riyadh and Johannesburg. Mahmud was head of proprietary trading at Sakura Global Capital in New York from 1996 to 2000, before rejoining Citi as fixed-income, currencies and commodities head for sub-Saharan Africa.