Daily News: October 5, 2012

Wells Fargo Names Lewis to Head Global Trade Services

Continuing to serve the global financial needs of its customers, Wells Fargo’s International Group announced that Christopher Lewis has been named executive vice president and head of Global Trade Services.

Lewis will manage efforts to grow Wells Fargo’s industry-leading trade business through increased cross-sell, product enhancement, sales and distribution. His team will also work closely with the company’s Global Financial Institutions and Global Banking teams to ensure trade products are available to all customer segments, including commercial and corporate clients and financial institutions.

Lewis is based in San Francisco and reports to Richard Yorke, head of Wells Fargo’s International Group.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Lewis spent more than 20 years at HSBC where he most recently was head of trade and supply chain for North America. He also led the company’s trade and supply chain operations in Greater China, where he helped drive significant growth in revenue and profitability. While at HSBC, Lewis also managed transaction banking teams in the Americas, Middle East and Asia.

“As more of our customers do business globally, we will continue to invest in the resources and talent to best serve them,” said Yorke. “Chris brings extensive experience and knowledge to our business. Under his leadership, we will continue to strengthen our trade capabilities as we provide our customers with the financial resources, global network, leading technology, products and operational excellence they need to successfully build and manage their trade business.”

Wells Fargo, which for the second consecutive year was recently named “Best Trade Bank” by Trade Finance magazine, provides a wide range of financial services to companies engaged in global business – both import and export — including middle-market multinational companies, large corporations, and financial institutions.