Nomura, a Japan-based investment bank, has appointed Andrew Cahn as new vice chairman, Public Policy EMEA, effective from April.

Nomura said Cahn will work closely with David Benson, in his newly created role as vice chairman, risk and regulatory affairs.

Cahn has held a number of senior positions throughout his career across both commercial and economic portfolios. He is currently chief executive of UK Trade & Investment, a role to which he was appointed in 2006.

He will be stepping down at the end of the year and observing a three-month waiting period as recommended by the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on business appointments.

Prior to his current role, Cahn worked for British Airways where he was Director of Government and Industry Affairs from 2000 to 2006. He was Chef de Cabinet to the vice president of the European Commission, Neil Kinnock, and a member of the Cabinet of Lord Cockfield, the creator of the European Single Market.

Cahn has also twice worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, and spent most of the 1990s in the Cabinet Office.

Nomura EMEA CEO Tarun Jotwani said Andrew’s wealth of experience, industry knowledge and strong relationships will be hugely valuable as Nomura actively expand operations globally and look to strengthen advocacy and legislative efforts. His appointment strengthens existing leadership team and will reinforce the presence in EMEA.