STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Freepoint Commodities LLC ("Freepoint") announced today the continued expansion of its agricultural trading business with the hire of Crawford Tatum. Mr. Tatum, who will be based outside of Auburn, Alabama, will be responsible for the build out of Freepoint's physical cotton trading. Mr. Tatum brings more than two decades of cotton trading experience to Freepoint, including ten years as USA Head and Global Manager of the Cotton Division at Noble Agri/COFCO.
Freepoint entered the agricultural markets in 2016 with the hiring of an ingredients trading team in Leawood, Kansas, under senior trader Doug Beddome. Later that year Freepoint added teams in London and Stamford, including the notable hires of Victor Osle, Mathew Halsall and James Heneghan.
As Freepoint expands its global agricultural footprint, it has appointed Mr. Osle to serve as Global Head of Agricultural Products. Mr. Osle will foster increased cooperation and integration across the Freepoint agricultural products platform while continuing to grow the franchise.
Speaking on the changes, Freepoint CEO, David Messer said, "I am extremely pleased with the quality of hires we have been able to make in the agri space, and with the progress we have made in creating the internal infrastructure necessary to properly support our agricultural trading business." Mr. Messer added that, "Under Victor Osle's leadership, I am confident that we will develop a significant global merchant business focused on serving strategic customers in the agricultural supply chain."
Founded in 2011, Freepoint is based in Stamford, CT with over 400 employees worldwide. Freepoint is a merchant of physical commodities and a financer of upper and mid-stream commodity-producing assets. Freepoint also provides physical supply services and related structured solutions for counterparties.
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