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Rajesh Yohannan, who formerly worked at Citibank will manage OANDA’s Asia Pacific operations. The region does not include Japan, which has a unique market. Mobile trading will be in focus.

OANDA recently launched a shiny new mobile trading application. For more on the appointment, here is the official press release:

LONDON – May 7, 2013 – OANDA, a global provider of innovative foreign exchange trading services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rajesh Yohannan as Managing Director and CEO for OANDA Asia Pacific (excluding Japan). A respected leader in the financial services industry, Mr. Yohannan is tasked with driving OANDA’s growth across Asia in concert with OANDA Japan’s Managing Director, Jesper Bruun-Olsen.

Mr. Yohannan joins OANDA from Citibank, where he was Managing Director, and Global Mobile Banking Head responsible for all mobile banking, payments and marketing for Citi’s consumer banking business in 40 markets. In addition, he was also Regional eBusiness and Direct Banking Head for Asia Pacific as one of Citibank’s youngest managing directors.

“Rajesh is the ideal leader for our Asia Pacific operations, which is a strategic region for OANDA as we move ahead with our global growth plan,” said K Duker, CEO of OANDA Corporation. “In addition to his outstanding success in attracting, servicing, and marketing to consumers through digital channels, Rajesh also has strong entrepreneurial and start-up experience and his approach to business meshes well with OANDA’s corporate values of fearless integrity, excellence, and collaboration.”

Said Mr. Yohannan, “OANDA is an amazing engineering company with a strong entrepreneurial culture, and as my past is rich with entrepreneurial experiences, joining this company presents the ideal opportunity to do what I love and to be a part of an exciting story that continues to evolve.

“The future of financial services is digital and mobile,” he added. “I’m thrilled to be in a position to leverage my experience in banking as well as technology and innovation – such opportunities are rare but OANDA provides the perfect mix of each.”