Scotiabank Hires Travis Machen From Morgan Stanley

Scotiabank Hires Travis Machen From Morgan Stanley

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(Bloomberg) — Travis Machen is joining Bank of Nova Scotia from Morgan Stanley to lead the its global banking and markets business.

Machen, who is set to start May 6, will replace Jake Lawrence, who left the bank in March to become chief financial officer of Power Corp. of Canada, according to a statement Monday, confirming an earlier Bloomberg News report. 

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Lawrence had been with the Toronto-based lender for more than two decades and was considered a candidate for chief executive officer before the firm tapped Scott Thomson for the role.

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Machen’s appointment is the latest development in a string of executive changes at the bank, which has also replaced the managers leading its international, Canadian retail banking and wealth-management divisions since Thomson became CEO in early 2023.  

Machen, who will run Scotiabank’s investment bank and capital-markets division, was most recently managing director and head of banks, diversified and financial infrastructure at Morgan Stanley, according to the statement. He was previously a managing director and group head of financial institutions corporate and commercial banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. 

He’s also a member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and will be based in New York and Toronto in his new role.

“Throughout his career in corporate, investment and commercial banking, Travis has earned a reputation for being a client-focused relationship banker,” Thomson said in the statement. “I am confident in his ability to build our business across our key markets, and to execute on our strategy for our clients, our bank, and our shareholders.” 

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A representative for Morgan Stanley declined to comment. 

When Scotiabank announced Lawrence’s departure in February, New York-based Michael Kruse became interim global head of corporate and investment banking. Kruse had most recently been head of Scotiabank’s US global banking and markets business.

Paul Scurfield had already been promoted to global head of capital markets in January. He and Kruse were tasked with running Scotiabank’s wholesale-banking and capital-markets division, with both reporting directly to Thomson.

Scurfield and Kruse will now report into Machen, according to an internal company memo reviewed by Bloomberg. Kruse will eventually move to a new position as global head of Scotiabank’s multi-national business, the memo showed. 

(Updates with more detail starting in third paragraph.)

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