Citigroup Investment Research (CIR) has continued its regional hiring momentum, bringing in Graham Cunningham from JPMorgan. With immediate effect, Cunningham assumes the position of director and head of oil and gas research for Asia-Pacific.

Cunningham joins Citi in Hong Kong and will report directly to Adrian Faure, director of research for CIR Asia-Pacific. In the new role, he will also work closely with country analysts on coverage for the sector and introduce several new platform products.

At JPMorgan, Cunningham was most recently head of the regional oil and gas, refinery and petrochemicals team. He took on this role in October 2004. Prior to that, Cunningham covered the downstream petrochemical sector in Taiwan for JPMorgan for six years. He started his career as an analyst in 1998 with Taiwan International Securities.

CunninghamÆs arrival at Citi fills the void left by Thomas Hilboldt, the bankÆs former head of regional oil and gas research, who departed in July. The appointment also comes as Citi continues to bolster its regional research effort, having made a string of key hires this year.