Get information that's concise and brief. Each month join one of FCIB's global experts for a brief, but detailed update on a global credit issue. These member-only briefings will help keep you in the know on currency, trade and country risks.
Currency Risk: Fred Dons, Deutsche Bank
Fred Dons is a Director at Deutsche Bank (DB) Amsterdam, having worked in trade finance for more than 30 years and currently he is responsible for covering the large commodity traders for Deutsche Bank’s Trade Finance organization.
Fred started in trade finance operations in 1989 with AMRO Bank before moving to DB for the first time in 1991. In 1994, Fred and two colleagues started the trade finance sales department at DB Amsterdam where he remained until 2002. In 2003, he became Head of Trade Finance Operations for DB Amsterdam and in 2004, became Head of the European Document Check Team at ABN AMRO before returning to DB in 2006, to serve as the Senior Sales Manager of Trade Finance.
In 2010, Fred became Head of Trade Finance for large cap sales and currently holds the title of Director within Commodity Trade Finance.
Trade Credit Risks: Jay Tenney, Trade Risk Group
Mr. Tenney has over twenty years of experience in the Trade Credit and Political Risk Insurance markets. As the Managing Director for the Southwest office of Trade Risk Group, the premiere independent specialty broker of Trade Credit Insurance in the U.S., his responsibilities include the managing and generation of accounts receivable insurance policies. Previously, Mr. Tenney was Sales Vice President for Euler Hermes in Dallas, Texas, overseeing the world's largest credit insurer's Southwest Region. During his 20+ year tenure in credit insurance, Mr. Tenney has assisted hundreds of companies with their domestic and international credit risk management needs for all areas of the world.
Prior to joining Euler Hermes , Mr. Tenney was Regional Sales Director for a U.S. based medical device provider with domestic and international responsibilities and a Financial Advisor with E.F. Hutton. Mr. Tenney has a BS in Agricultural Economics/Marketing from the University of Illinois, sits on the board of NACM Southwest, is a member of the North Texas District Export Council and has served on the Trade Finance Committee of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce. He is also a frequent speaker at financial and credit related seminars and conferences.
Political Hot Spots: Christopher McKee, The PRS Group
Christopher McKee received his Ph.D. in international political economy from Queen’s University (Canada) and is recognized globally as an authority on geopolitical and country risk assessment. Active in the field for the past 25 years, Christopher has headed The PRS Group since 2010, and functions as the Executive Chair of the International Country Risk Guide, through which he supervises a team of analysts globally, and is ultimately responsible for the ICRG ratings each month.
A former faculty member the University of British Columbia, Christopher later worked in the field of limited recourse financing in Latin America; provided economic game theory briefings to Canada’s intelligence community; and led the country’s private sector development initiatives in Latin America and the Middle East. Along the way, Christopher’s private equity dealings have continued, and he has addressed a range of audiences, from the G20 to GE, from Saudi Arabia to Kazakhstan. The author of a number of books and monographs, Christopher’s latest book is titled, Quid Periculum? Measuring and Managing Risk in an Age of Uncertainty (co-authored with Peter Marber – Harvard, Aperture Investors)