Blades International adds two highly respected financial industry veterans to an already impressive team of advisors
Blades International, Inc., a trade finance, cross-border brokerage and financial advisory firm, today announced the addition of Grant Johnston as Managing Director specializing in Exchange Rate Integrity® and John Welch as managing director responsible for business development and international credit.
“The addition of Grant Johnston and John Welch to Blades International is great news for our company and our customers,” said Bob Blades, President of Blades International, Inc. knowledge of the industry and put this knowledge and expertise to work for our customers. Their combined 80 years of finance experience, much of it globally across multiple industries, makes us extremely lucky to have these two new additions to our team. »
Grant Johnston has over 40 years of experience as a finance executive in the manufacturing and energy industries, including as project controller on several field developments in the North Sea, divisional finance director for the company that built part of the Channel Tunnel (Chunnel) boring machinery, a finance manager and briefly the operations manager for one of California’s first wind farms.
Over the past two decades, Grant has held several senior financial positions with international energy services company John Wood Group PLC. Specifically, he led the financial effort in the sale of Wood Group’s Well Support business to GE Oil and Gas for $2.7 billion and managed the North American areas of treasury, Wood Group’s corporate risk and finance.
A resident of Houston, Johnston graduated from the University of Stirling (Scotland) in Accounting and Economics and is a Scottish Chartered Accountant.
John Welch joins Blades International after 38 years in the financial services industry. His experience includes working for Citizens Bank as Managing Director of Corporate Banking, Citibank as President of Houston Market, Wells Fargo as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking and JP Morgan Chase as Vice President of Commercial Banking. -Senior Chairman of the Foreign Multinational Enterprise Group. His responsibilities included raising capital, both in banking and capital markets for his clients, as well as providing innovative solutions using other banking products (Foreign Exchange, International Trade Services, Treasury & Balance Sheet Risk Management , Liquidity, etc.).
John has a strong international banking experience acquired during his 27 years with the international/overseas multinational group at JP Morgan Chase. He has served on various boards of European chambers of commerce, including as former president of the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish American Chamber. He was also chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership European Business Forum as well as chairman of the Houston Mayor’s International Trade and Development Council. Additionally, he was a member of the Advisory Board of Mays College of Business at Texas A&M University as well as a former member of the Commercial Banking Program Board of Trustees.
John is an Aggie through and through, graduating from Texas A&M University with a BBA in finance. He and his family reside in Cypress.
About Blades International
Founded by international banking veteran Bob Blades in 2009, Blades International, Inc. is a trade finance, cross-border brokerage and financial advisory firm in Houston, Texas. The company specializes in advising exporters and foreign companies on banking, structured trade finance, foreign exchange and letters of credit. Blades International also supports the international management of local banks.
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