People: Societe Generale India appointment; China-backed Faraday Futures’ new CEO

French banking group Societe Generale has appointed Rajat Kohli as the new Head of Global Markets for India, according to a report from finews.com on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting backed American start-up technology firm Faraday Future has hired a new CEO Chaoying Deng.

Societe Generale appoints India Head of Global Markets

French banking group Societe Generale has appointed Rajat Kohli as the new Head of Global Markets for India, according to a report from finews.com on Tuesday.

Kohli is expected to develop Societe Generale’s markets activities in India including derivatives, foreign exchange and INR products in his new role.

Armed with over 14 years of experience in the financial markets across various asset classes, he has previously worked at BNP Paribas. His most recent role was as Head of Institutional Business in BNP Paribas Global Markets division.

Kohli replaces Gopal Bhattacharya who is pursuing other opportunities outside the Group, according to the bank.

Kohli will be based in Mumbai and report to Evelyne Collin, CEO and Chief Country Officer, India and regionally to Arnaud Lhoste, Head of Markets Sales for South East Asia and India.

China-backed Faraday Futures names new CEO

Chinese billionaire Jia Yueting backed American start-up technology firm Faraday Future has hired a new CEO Chaoying Deng for the company that develops intelligent electric vehicles, according to report from China Money Network.

According to the report, in a state filing with the State of California, the company listed Faraday as the CEO and he does not play a management role and has limited automobile industry experience, though worked for the entertainment company owned by Jia, Faraday’s biggest investor.

Based on her LinkedIn profile, Deng is a director at Le Vision Pictures (USD) Inc since May 2014 which is the US movie arm of Le Vision Pictures and a subsidiary of LeEco, the Chinese multinational conglomerate founded by Jia Yueting.

She was the executive representative for Beijing New Picture Films Co from Sep 2011 to Apr 2013, according to her profile.

Deng had been with the car company earlier too in 2014 when she had passed the position to David Wisnieski, an experienced automobile industry hand with experience in Asia and according to his LinkedIn profile he is currently a Finance Director at Faraday Future.

Faraday Future was once called “Tesla-killer” though till now has not been able to produce a real car that can drive. In fact, LeEco has been struggling with low cash since last year.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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