Noble Group Said to Hire Goldman’s Metals Trader Jeff Romanek

Noble Group Ltd. (NOBL), Asia’s biggest commodity trader by sales, hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. metals trader Jeff Romanek, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Romanek was trading metals in New York, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information hasn’t been made public. He will join in May and will trade copper, lead and zinc in Stamford, Connecticut, they said.

Noble, based in Hong Kong, is expanding its industrial-metals business and was chosen last year by Nyrstar NV, the second-largest refined-zinc producer in 2012, to market part of its European output. It also owns Worldwide Warehouse Solutions U.K. Ltd., a warehouse company that’s part of the London Metal Exchange’s network to store metals.

Noble hired Goldman traders Scott Evans and David Freeland last year.

Stephen Brown, a spokesman for Noble in Hong Kong, said in an e-mail that the company doesn’t comment on its business or personnel. Michael DuVally, a spokesman for Goldman in New York, declined to comment.

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