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Bob Finch

Robert 'Bob' Finch was Head of Coal Trading at leading energy trading company The Vitol Group until June 2015. He was born in the London suburb of Kingston-upon-Thames in 1954 as the son of an RAF fighter pilot. After leaving school at the age of 17, Finch started working as entry level junior at Petrofina. Over the years he acquired all of the necessary skills around trading and worked his way up to the position of trader. \nFinch joined Vitol in 1979 as the Rotterdam-based trader began its international growth. Oil trading was in its infancy then, and Finch was key to shaping the market development and enabling Vitol’s growth. For many years, he was head of trading and has served on its board for 15 years. Finch was instrumental in establishing Vitol’s entry into the coal markets in 2007.\nIn January 2012, Finch was involved in the agreement between Vitol Anker International BV and Vitol Mauritius Limitada (“Vitol”) and Grindrod Limited of South Africa (“Grindrod”) whereby Vitol a 35% interest in the company which owns the Maputo coal terminal concession. In addition Vitol and Grindrod entered into a partnership (65% Vitol / 35% Grindrod) to combine their respective sub Saharan coal trading businesses.(source)

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