Rabobank announced recently that David F. Bassett will join the bank on July 1 as head of wholesale clients in North America.  Bassett replaces in that role Robert S. Bucklin, vice chairman of Rabobank International, North America wholesale, who will retire this summer after 20 years with the bank.

In his new role, Bassett will be responsible for Rabobank’s wholesale food, beverage, and agribusiness franchise; mergers and acquisitions; and food & agribusiness research and advisory in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  He will be a member of the management teams for Rabobank’s North American wholesale and global wholesale clients international businesses. Bassett has two decades of banking experience, serving most recently as global head of syndicate at the Royal Bank of Scotland, based in Connecticut.  Prior to that, Bassett spent 12 years at Citigroup.

Bucklin, who has been the head of wholesale clients in North America for 19 years, led the bank’s evolution in North America from a niche lender into a multi-product lead arranger for multinational companies with commitments of $20 billion to the leading food and agribusiness firms in the region.  He was named vice chairman for Rabobank International, North America Wholesale in 2010.