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Ionut (Johnny) has been in charge of business development in East Asia since 2012, during which time he has opened CRU's office in Tokyo, from where he manages our relationships with our Japanese, Korean and Mongolian clients.

These include the major Japanese and Korean trading houses, the biggest regional steelmakers and industrial metal manufacturers, financial investment groups and governmental agencies.

In helping identify and resolve client needs, Ionut has used his consulting experience, gained over 5 years of working in CRU's Consulting division. In a period spanning the commodity cycle peak and trough, he developed a specialisation in contractual negotiation support and consulting advice for governments, as well as an affinity for the global ferroalloy markets. He was also involved in due diligence work covering project finance, M&A activities, and asset diversification strategy.

Prior to joining CRU, Ionut spent two years working as a Counselor for the Fight Against Fraud Department as part of the Prime Minister's Chancellery in his native Romania. His responsibilities included drafting the Department's communications with the European Commission and risk analyses covering financial legislation.

Ionut holds a Master of Philosophy degree in Political Philosophy and a Master of Arts degree in Social and Political Science, both from Cambridge University. He is fluent in Romanian, Italian and Japanese and also speaks French.