Fitch Solutions appointed Neil Smith as the managing director for its research services group.

Smith will focus on further developing the group's commercial activities for Fitch research, which offers subscribers with credit research, analysis, ratings and surveillance information. The unit also provides a suite of analytical tools and research data feeds. Based in New York, The new appointee will report to Thomas Aubrey, Managing Director, Fitch Solutions, London.

Smith joins Fitch Solutions from Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM), where he was the head of the bank's global provision of fixed-income products and services for institutional clients in the structured products and project finance sectors. He also has extensive experience as a credit markets practitioner.

Prior to BNYM in 2007, the new hire was a managing director and senior investment officer at Citigroup Alternative Investments, New York. He was also a drector at Citigroup Credit Sructures, London, where he headed the fixed-ncome investments credit research team; worked in fixed income credit research at Abbey National as well as various government and academic roles in Australia and Asia.

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