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Rabobank announces new economic strategist role

Rabobank has announced the appointment of Ben Picton to the newly-created role of Senior Strategist, Global Economics & Markets.

Based in Sydney, Mr Picton, will provide strategic macro-economic research and engagement – including interest rates and economic projections – for the specialist global agribusiness bank in New Zealand and Australia.

Rabobank New Zealand CEO Todd Charteris said it was the first time Rabobank’s Global Economics & Markets research team would have a representative based in the region, with the role specifically covering macroeconomics for New Zealand and Australia.

“We’re thrilled to further strengthen our already very strong food and agri commodity research capabilities in New Zealand, with this newly-created macro-economic strategist role to work alongside the highly-regarded RaboResearch Food & Agri team,” he said.

Mr Charteris said Mr Picton would “hit the ground running”’ having more than seven years of experience with Rabobank’s Global Financial Markets team, where he held a number of positions in derivatives sales and trading, working with the bank’s wholesale agribusiness and farming clients

His most recent role with Rabobank was Director, Corporate Risk & Treasury Management.

Ben Picton

Rabobank Senior Strategist, Global Economics & Markets, Ben Picton

Mr Picton holds a combined Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Rabobank New Zealand is a part of the global Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 40 countries, servicing the needs of about 10 million clients worldwide through a network of close to 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank New Zealand is one of the country's leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the New Zealand food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 32 offices throughout New Zealand.

Media contacts:

David Johnston
Marketing & Media Relations Manager
Rabobank New Zealand
Phone: 04 819 2711 or 027 477 8153

Denise Shaw
Head of Media Relations 
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand 
Phone: +612 8115 2744 or +61 2 439 603 525