(Corrects headline to say Flotron on leave from bank, not that
he is no longer with it)
LONDON/ZURICH, March 19 Andre Flotron, a veteran
precious metals trader at Switzerland's UBS, has been
on leave from the bank since January, two sources in the gold
market said on Wednesday.
Flotron had been trading precious metals with the bank since
1999. He was most recently based in Zurich, but had formerly
worked for the bank in Stamford, Connecticut.
A spokesman for UBS said the bank had no comment to make on
the matter. Flotron could not immediately be reached for
The sources gave no reason for Flotron's departure. It was
not clear whether his departure was final or whether he would
The bank said last week that it had widened out an internal
probe of its foreign exchange operations to include precious
metals trading, but another source with knowledge of the matter
said his departure in January was not linked to the probe.
(Reporting by Jan Harvey and Katharina Bart; Editing by
Veronica Brown and Anthony Barker)