John Banaszkiewicz, commonly known as John B, co-founded Freight Investor Services in 2002, growing the company over the next 10 years into one of the world’s leading freight and commodity brokers.
He previously spent 11 years at Cargill International in a variety of roles, notably as freight and grain trader in the ocean freight department.
John’s determination and diligence in building liquidity in the multi-billion dollar FFA market, attracting clearing services and encouraging dialogue between users and brokers, are unquestioned among his peers.
He has used this experience to develop related commodity swap markets, in iron ore, fertilizers, bunkers, steel, scrap and containers, helping to create the conditions for increased use of risk management across a wider range of products.
John was the first chairman of the FFA Brokers Association and inaugural chairman of the Iron Ore & Steel Derivatives Association. He is a member of Baltic Exchange and a Financial Conduct Authority Registered Representative in the UK.
He can regularly be heard speaking to shipping and financial market conferences worldwide on freight and commodity derivatives.
John graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Newcastle Upon Tyne University in 1986. He is married to Tracy, with four children and lives in London. He is on the board of directors of Burnley Football Club and enjoys travelling, golf and reading (when he has time!).