Citi hires J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s former Americas head of trading to run its Asia Pacific execution business. Curt Engler has been named as Citi’s Asia Pacific (APAC) Head of Execution Services. A key focus under his leadership will be to ensure Citi’s franchise continues to embrace the latest technology to meet the changing needs of clients.

Curt’s market knowledge of operating in the world’s largest equity market and the market infrastructure changes he has worked through will be invaluable for Citi and our clients as Asian markets continue to evolve rapidly, said Richard Heyes, Head of Equities, Asia Pacific, in a media statement on Thursday.

Curt, who has worked in financial markets for over 20 years – joins from J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPAM) in New York, where he was Head of Trading for the Americas. Prior to JP Morgan Asset Management Curt was a trader and analyst at Blackrock, in the Quantitative Equity Group.

At J.P. Morgan Asset Management since 2010, Curt was responsible for the daily activity of the trading desk and oversaw the trading operations of over $250 billion in assets under management. He also led the build-out of trading technology to support significantly increased levels of automation and the usage of analytics to improve execution performance.

Based in Hong Kong, Curt will be responsible for Citi’s regional execution business. where he will be responsible for Citi’s cash execution business that spans 12 markets across the region.

«Asia-Pacific is a key market for our global equities business and I am confident this addition to the strong bench will support further growth with clients across the region,» said Dan Keegan, Global co-head of Equities.