December 16, 2015 - 9:00 AM EST
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Platts Appoints Paul Baksh to Lead Sugar Analysis

LONDON, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Platts, a leading global provider of energy, metals and agriculture information, today announced the appointment of Paul Baksh as head of sugar analysis. Paul leads a team of five global sugar analysts based in London and Switzerland responsible for producing the daily Platts Kingsman Sugar reports, which include proprietary news, analysis price assessments, as well as trade flows and supply and demand data.

With more than twenty years' experience, Paul has worked for sugar trading houses such as Louis Dreyfus and sugar producers including Tate & Lyle from London and Geneva, where he specialized in the physical, white and bagged raw sugar trade with Africa, the Middle East and India. He also has ethanol market experience, having traded industrial and beverage-grade ethanol across Africa, the EU and India for Ethimex, a specialist ethanol distributor. Paul joins Platts from commodity broker Starfuels, where he was a broker for physical sugar.

Jim Foster, director of analysis, agriculture and petrochemicals, Platts, said: "Paul's extensive experience and understanding of the unique drivers of the sugar markets will ensure Platts produces the essential analysis and insight our customers require to make better informed trading and business decisions and I am delighted that Paul has agreed to lead our global team of sugar analysts."

About Platts: Founded in 1909, Platts is a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information and a premier source of benchmark prices for the physical and futures markets.  Platts' news, pricing, analytics, commentary and conferences help customers make better-informed trading and business decisions and help the markets operate with greater transparency and efficiency.  Customers in more than 150 countries benefit from Platts' coverage of the biofuels, carbon emissions, coal, electricity, oil, natural gas, metals, nuclear power, petrochemical, shipping and sugar markets. Platts acquired The Steel Index (TSI) in July 2011. A division of McGraw Hill Financial, Platts is based in London with more than 1000 employees in more than 15 offices worldwide. Additional information is available at  

About McGraw Hill Financial: McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI) is a leading financial intelligence company providing the global capital and commodity markets with independent benchmarks, credit ratings, portfolio and enterprise risk solutions, and analytics. The Company's iconic brands include Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ and SNL, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, CRISIL and J.D. Power. The Company has approximately 20,000 employees in 31 countries. Additional information is available at

Source: PR Newswire (December 16, 2015 - 9:00 AM EST)

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