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DME Appoints Head of Customer Relations
Monday, July 29, 2013

DME, the premier international energy futures and commodities exchange in the Middle East, today announced the appointment of James Lear as Head of Customer Relations.

Lear joined DME's Dubai office on 23 July 2013 and has assumed overall responsibility for all the Exchange's customer relations activities.

James joins DME with twenty years' industry experience.  Most recently he was Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Professional Trading Group (DPTG), where he oversaw both the trading floor and the risk desk, attracting a 20% increase in professional traders. Before that, as the company's Chief Operating Officer, Lear was responsible for the recruitment and development of experienced international traders.  He has also worked on futures, options and fixed income trading desks in London, Chicago and Europe.

DME's Chief of Products and Services, Owain Johnson, comments on the appointment of James Lear: "Great client relationships are the lifeblood of an exchange. James is already a well-known face in both the local and international trading communities. I’m sure that the knowledge and contacts he brings to DME will help ensure we deliver the very high-standards our members expect of us, as well as helping us to continue to build our membership and product base, in line with market demand".

James Lear says on his appointment: "Over the last few years DME has transformed itself into a globally relevant exchange, delivering more crude oil than any other market.  Ideally situated in the growing Middle East – Asia crude oil corridor, it's a very exciting time to be joining and I look forward to working with the team to help ensure DME continues to go from strength to strength."

For more information, please contact:

Heather Astbury, Director Corporate Communications at DME on or +971 50 6523754

Alastair Fairbrother / James Lusher / Tom Morris at Fishburn Hedges (PR agency) on or
+44 (0)20 7839 4321