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EDF Trading announces senior hire to lead its business development in North America

EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF S.A., announces the appointment of Christopher McKey as Head of Business Development, North America.  McKey started on Monday October 13th, 2014 and reports to Philipp Büssenschütt, Chief Commercial Officer, Origination and Business Development. 

McKey joins from Goldman Sachs where he has spent the past 10 years operating at a senior level in the firm’s Commodity division in Europe and Asia.  Most recently he was Managing Director and Co-Head of Asia Corporate Sales based in Singapore.

McKey will focus on identifying and structuring larger and longer term transactions in the energy trading space including but not limited to LPG, LNG, natural gas and electricity.

“Christopher has worked in the energy sector in the US, Europe and Asia and is ideally placed to develop EDF Trading’s footprint across North America as well as to originate commodity positions that link the North American energy market to the rest of the world.  To this end, while Christopher will work mainly with our Houston office, he will have close contact with EDFT’s offices in Singapore, and London”, said Philipp Büssenschütt.

“Having Christopher on board is a great opportunity for us.  He brings with him an impressive breadth of knowledge and experience across the global energy sector and I’m looking forward to him bringing new ideas to the table”, said John Rittenhouse, Chief Executive of EDF Trading.

Note to editors:
Christopher joined Goldman Sachs in May 2004 and roles have included Executive Director - Head UK/North Sea Corporate Sales, Executive Director - Co-Head, European Corporate Energy Sales, Managing Director - Head EMEA Corporate Metals/Agricultural Commodity Sales, Managing Director - Head Asia Corporate Metals/Agriculture/Coal/ Freight Sales.  Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was at AEP Energy Services, London, Enron Europe Ltd and Falcon Seaboard Power Corp.  He spent six years in the US Navy, Atlantic Submarine Fleet.  He has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford, CT and a post-MBA Fellowship at Mannheim University, Germany.  He is also a graduate from the US Navy Nuclear Power School, Florida and he has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, New York.



For further information, please contact:
EDF Trading
Michele Reid, Head of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7061 4232
Email: michele.reid@edftrading.com

About EDF Trading
EDF Trading is a leader in the international wholesale energy markets. It manages a portfolio of assets which give it the ability to source, supply, transport, store, blend and convert physical commodities around the world.  These capabilities enable EDF Trading to deliver essential asset optimisation services, risk management and wholesale market access to the EDF Group and its third party customers, helping them to realise the value inherent in their asset portfolios.

EDF Trading is active in the electricity, natural gas, LNG, upstream gas, coal and freight and environmental products markets.  It is one of the largest wholesale market traders in Europe for power and gas, one of the main providers of energy management services for power generation companies in the US and the fifth largest marketer of gas in North America.  It is one of the largest importers of coal into Europe and is a leading US energy retailer for large commercial and industrial customers.

EDF Trading is a 100% owned subsidiary of EDF, Europe’s leading electricity producer.  EDF Trading has around 1000 employees with offices in the UK, Europe, Singapore, China, the United States and Canada.  For more information, please visit www.edftrading.com.