US private bank JP Morgan has announced Tara Smyth as its new head of the Middle East market, the first woman to hold the position in the region. Smyth will oversee the firm’s Middle East wealth management operations and drive its overall strategy and growth for the market, a statement said.
It added that Smyth, who succeeds Jonathan Conner, will report to Pablo Garnica, CEO of JP Morgan Private Bank’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, and will be based in Geneva. “We are thrilled to leverage Tara’s tenure in the Middle East and deep investments expertise in one of our most important markets within our EMEA region,” said Garnica.
“She understands the complex financial needs of wealthy families and exemplifies the type of advisor that will lead our continuing efforts to deliver sophisticated, innovative advice to our clients in the region.”
Prior to this role, Smyth was head of the bank’s Middle East Investment Team. Before that, she was a Global Investment Specialist within the US private bank.