Mark Borton is a strategic senior executive with over 30 years of extensive experience in trade finance, supply chain and cash management having worked in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK covering roles across multiple geographies in disciplines including sales, product management, operations, channel management and customer services with a number of blue-chip / tier 1 banks.
He has been with National Australia Bank for 8 years.
His current role is Head of Corporate & Institutional Transactional & Trade for Asia, based in Singapore, where he runs a combined team of trade and transactional banking / cash management sales and product management professionals dedicated to supporting their clients.
Prior to this he ran Trade Product Management for NAB in Australia before transferring to Singapore in 2012 where he established the overall product management function for the bank in Asia incorporating trade finance, deposits, payments and consumer.
Before National Australia Bank, Mark was head of the Trade & Invoice Finance product management function for Commonwealth Bank of Australia for almost 3 years, joining them in 2010 after 25 years with Standard Chartered Bank where his final role was Regional Head of Trade Finance and Cash Management Operations for North East Asia based in Hong Kong.
Mark is well known across the industry with a deep network, and has spoken at numerous event and forums - including SWIFT in Dubai - as well as represented all of the banks that he has worked for in various capacities on the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) committees, which included a number of years as chair of the ICC Australia's trade finance Banking Committee.
He was also one of the representatives on the group that was involved with introducing the ICC global Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations (URBPO) and is currently part of one of the ICC's digitisation streams.
Mark presently serves on the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) Asia trade finance committee, and is a member of the overall Asia Council.
He is one of only a few individuals in Asia who is authorised to speak to external bodies as a representative of BAFT.
As part of - and adjacent to - his current role, Mark is a strong advocate for expanding and achieving critical mass around digitisation within the wider trade finance value chain / industry to improve efficiency and transparency. He is also a strong proponent for advancing the trade finance related aspects of the AML/CFT agenda through improved use of AI, automation and collaboration with stakeholders such as regulators and other relevant/related bodies.
Mark holds the designation of MIEx out of the UK (Member of the Institute of Export) and is currently studying for the London Institute of Banking and Finance's Certificate in Trade Finance Compliance (CTFC) which he expects to complete during 2018.