Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking has appointed Hikaru Ogata as CEO of its corporate and investment banking arm for Asia Pacific, effective September 1, 2010.

Based in Hong Kong, Mr Ogata will report to Michel Peretie, CEO of Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking. Mr Ogata will also lead the region’s coverage and investment banking team locally.

Mr Ogata’s most recent role was as global head of fixed income distribution and a member of the fixed income executive committee of BNP Paribas. Starting his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in New York within the mergers and acquisitions team, Mr Ogata held positions in the fields of foreign exchange and derivatives in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong before joining BNP Paribas, Hong Kong Branch in 1998.

At BNP Paribas, Mr Ogata held several positions: firstly was head of derivatives marketing group, Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, then head of the Japanese fixed income sales, and was finally promoted head of Japan fixed income business.

Mr Peretie said: “As our firm looks ahead, we see tremendous opportunity to move our business forward with corporates and financial institutions in Asia. Hikaru will contribute to further developing and executing our strategy in the region.”