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Danske Bank chief unveils his first major appointments

By Staff Reporter

The new chief of Danske Bank has made his first major appointments since taking over from Gerry Mallon.

New chief executive Kevin Kingston, who took over last week, has reorganised the bank's business unit into corporate banking and business banking.

Mr Kingston said the new structure would reinforce the bank's commitment to its business customers.

He added: "Reorganising the teams across SME and corporate banking was a logical move to ensure that we continue to stay close to our customers and maintain our high customer satisfaction levels."

Shaun McAnee is now responsible for corporate banking, specialist business and markets, moving on from his current role as head of corporate banking.

Mr McAnee joined Danske Bank from Lombard in 2012.

And Richard Caldwell, who's currently Danske Bank's head of finance centres, has now had agribusiness, small business and business acquisition added to his duties.

Mr Caldwell has worked for Danske Bank for 20 years across roles in both business and personal banking.

Mr Kingston said: "Shaun and Richard are both very experienced and each will bring a strong customer focus to their new role.

"It is testament to the strength of our business banking division that I have been fortunate enough to be able to appoint new managing directors for the unit from within the existing team."

Kevin Kingston, also a former president of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, was unveiled as the bank's new chief executive with immediate effect last week. He replaces its former chief executive of seven years, Gerry Mallon.

Mr Mallon will start a new role as head of Ulster Bank in the Republic in June 2016.

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