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Former Goldman Copper Trader Freeland Said Joining Noble

David Freeland, previously a copper trader at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., is joining Noble Group Ltd., Asia’s biggest commodity trader by sales, according to two people with direct knowledge.

Freeland will be a copper trader based in London and will join in April, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information hasn’t been made public. He will be responsible for building up the company’s physical copper business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Freeland worked for Trafigura Beheer BV before joining Goldman.

Calls to Stephen Brown, Noble’s director of corporate affairs, and his two deputies weren’t answered, and he didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The company’s office in Hong Kong was closed for a public holiday.

Noble’s physical and derivatives metals trading are managed by Mark Hansen, who joined in June. The company hired Paul Wilkes, formerly the head of industrial metals at Macquarie Group Ltd., last year.

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