April 08, 2009 08:00 ET

Nomura Appoints Rainer Masera to Italian Board of Directors

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - Nomura, the global investment bank, today announced the appointment of Rainer Masera to the board of directors of Nomura Italia, based in Milan and Rome.

Sadeq Sayeed, Nomura's chief executive for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We are delighted to have Mr. Masera joining the senior leadership in Italy. His appointment is yet another step forward for Nomura's operations in the region and a further demonstration of our commitment to build our franchise across Europe. Mr. Masera's breadth of experience and local knowledge will be instrumental in driving the success of our Italian business."

Mr. Masera also sits on the board of the European Investment Bank. He has worked in the banking sector since 1971, when he joined the Bank for International Settlements in Basel. He then moved to the Bank of Italy in 1975 to become the youngest central bank director. Mr. Masera has also served as technical minister for the budget and economic planning in the Dini government from 1995 to 1996 and was instrumental in initiating fundamental reform in the Italian economy.

From 1988 to 1998 he was the managing director of the Instituto Mobiliare Italiano (IMI), and in 1998 he was appointed CEO of the merged entity, San Paolo IMI. He has also been chairman of Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, the Italian Railway Network, and strategic international advisor and senior director of Mercer Oliver Wyman.

In 2007 Rainer Masera joined Lehman Brothers as chairman of Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking Division Italy.

Notes to editors:

Mr. Masera has been appointed to the board of directors for Nomura Italia SIM, which encompasses all of Nomura's operations in Italy.


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