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Vietcombank appoints former HSBC Vietnam CEO as retail head

The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam (Vietcombank) has appointed Thomas William Tobin as head of its retail banking group, marking the first time a foreigner has held senior executive office at the state-owned lender. The appointment of Tobin was announced in a ceremony at the bank’s headquarters in Hanoi on Friday. Tobin earned his MBA from McMaster University in Canada, and has more than 30 years of experience working in finance and banking industries, especially the Asia-Pacific retail sector, according to his LinkedIn profile. A seasoned banker, the Canadian-born executive worked as CEO and country head of HSBC Vietnam between 2007 and 2011, responsible for looking after 17 branches and 1,600 staff.

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