Throwing off his title of chief risk officer at Taishin Financial, James Lin has been recruited by Bank of American to head up its Taiwan operations.

Lin replaces Eric Ngian, who resigned for æpersonal reasonsÆin April this year. Lin will answer to Frederick Chin, MD and CEO of Greater China.

Bank of AmericaÆs activities in the region have attracted great attention since the unexpected investment for a 9% stake in China Construction Bank in June last year.

Lin has 26 years experience in Taiwan and the US, covering lending, treasury, and risk management. Lin was previously GM of the Taipei branch of Union Branch of California. Lin has also worked at JPMorgan, China Securities Investment Consulting and for Seattle First Bank (which was later absorbed by Bank of America.)

Lin has a BA from National Taiwan University and an MBA from Washington.

Taishin is the islandÆs second-largest credit card issuer and the tenth-largest listed finance conglomerate by market cap.