Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions announced August 25 the appointment of Kanika Thakur as Asia-Pacific trade head with immediate effect.
Based in Hong Kong, Kanika will be responsible for the continued growth of Citi’s trade business, with a focus on delivering trade financing solutions that offer working capital benefits to clients. She will also have oversight of the business’ digitization priorities and progress.
Given the shifts in trade flows, reconfiguration of supply chains and advent of new technologies, Kanika will be deeply involved in working with clients to tailor solutions as their needs evolve in a new operating environment.
In her new role, Kanika reports to Rajesh Mehta, head of Asia-Pacific treasury and trade solutions and Ebru Pakcan, global head of trade. She succeeds Vishal Kapoor who was named head of treasury and trade solutions for Citi Hong Kong earlier this year.
A career Citibanker, Kanika joined Citi in 2001 as a management associate in India, and has since worked in Singapore and Hong Kong. She has held a number of different roles within trade, including sales and structuring, product management, and distribution.
Prior to her new role, Kanika was Asia-Pacific head of trade finance and was instrumental in the launch of new sales finance capabilities, making Citi’s solution set for clients more comprehensive while further differentiating the bank’s capabilities to support clients as well as their suppliers.
Kanika holds a Master’s degree in business management from the University of Delhi and a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Calcutta.