Ionut (Johnny) has been CRU’s business development manager in India, Middle East and Africa since 2017, managing CRU’s business with key industry participants, such as aluminium producers in the Gulf region and India, petrochemical and fertilizer producers in the Middle East and North Africa, and mining companies in South Africa.
Ionut was previously in charge of business development in East Asia between 2012-2017 during which time he opened CRU's office in Tokyo and worked closely with Japan and Korea’s trading houses, steelmakers, banking and governmental institutions.
In helping identify and resolve customer needs, Ionut uses his consulting experience, gained over five years of working in CRU Consulting (2007-2012). 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. Ionut 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.