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FX people moves: Gold watch from Icap

They used to say that FX broking was a young man’s game and that by the time you were 30 years’ old, you’d be all washed up.

As we all know, that’s no longer the case and FX is a mature market in all senses. News reaches me that the ever-popular John Lattimore is retiring from Icap, where he is marketing and administration director voice spot FX. After a stint that long, that he must surely qualify for a gold watch. In fact technically, Icap has employed John for longer than the company itself has existed, having joined the old Harlows back in the days when many of the current crop of dealers was mere twinkles in their parents’ eyes.

John’s retirement news was announced to his colleagues this week in an internal email. “After about 1,000 years of continual service at this company, John has decided to join the ‘real world’ on a full-time basis. He has contributed massively to our spot FX business over the years, and a career spanning as long as April 9, 1973 until July 31, 2007 will possibly never be repeated,” it said.

It continued: “As we all know, voice businesses are moving towards a much younger environment and with this in mind we have hired a raw trainee to learn the ropes from John, then bring his own character to the position.

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