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John Kirwan

Managing Director
Business Management


As Managing Director, Head of Global Banking & Markets (GBM) Europe, John provides leadership and oversight for Scotiabank's European operations and is also the Chief Executive Officer of Scotiabank Europe plc. Based in London, he is responsible for the overall strategic direction and execution of Scotiabank’s businesses in Europe. Additionally, John continues to lead Scotiabank’s global infrastructure business and the Bank’s power and utilities sectors in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. He is an executive member of the Bank’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to the GBM CEO. John has over 25 years of experience within the financial services industry, having held various roles with significant responsibilities. He joined Scotiabank in 2010 to establish infrastructure as a global business for the Bank and has held successive additional roles during this time. In July 2016, he returned from Toronto (Head Office), where he had additional responsibilities for managing and restructuring the Bank’s global Oil & Gas business (since April 2015). Prior to that, he was also Head of European Corporate Banking between November 2013 to April 2015 where he was responsible for the Bank’s corporate lending business in Europe, including risk strategy, asset recovery and appetite. Previously, John was at a major German public and municipal finance institution, where he was global head of the infrastructure, project finance and asset financing businesses with activities in over 40 countries. Prior to that, he worked at a Brussels-based bank (KBC), where he held various roles as a member of the corporate and investment banking group. John holds a Master’s Degree in Business and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from University College Dublin, and in 2015 he successfully completed the Executive Management Program at Duke University.

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