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DBS names Toby O'Connor head shiaria unit

The banker formerly headed JP Morgan’s Middle East and North Africa Sovereign Wealth Funds and Financial Sponsor group for investment banking.

Southeast Asia's largest bank, DBS Group, said on Tuesday it had appointed JPMorgan Chase & Co banker Toby O'Connor as the head of its sharia unit, The Islamic Bank of Asia (IBA).

DBS said in a statement that O'Connor was previously the head of the Middle East and North Africa Sovereign Wealth Funds and Financial Sponsor group for investment banking at JP Morgan.

"O'Connor will lead the growth of IBA by ramping up investment banking, especially capital markets and private equity, in line with the bank's renewed focus on fee-income businesses," DBS said.

The position at IBA has been vacant for more than a year since previous CEO Vince Cook resigned for personal reasons in December 2009.

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