Niall MacDonald is to join Whitney Group as a director in the firm's Hong Kong office at the end of the month. He will focus on the derivatives, debt and equity sectors across Asia Pacific.

He joins the firm from Odgers, Ray and Berndtson, a recruitment firm in London, where he was a partner and head of the fixed income and structured products division. Prior to that he worked for another executive search firm Berwick Group also in London.

He has been in the headhunting business for 13 years, joining it from the world of corporate finance. In that past career he worked for Country NatWest and Charterhouse Bank in London and Barclays National Merchant Bank in Johannesburg.

An Irishman by birth, MacDonald's first calling was the law and he was admitted to the bar at both King's Inn in Dublin and Gray's Inn in London.

"We are seeing increased levels of recruitment activity in financial services, and Niall's appointment is a reflection of Whitney Group's continued commitment to hiring experienced individuals of the highest calibre to meet client needs" says Harry O'Neill, Whitney Group's Asia Pacific Managing Director.