October 2, 2015 / 10:06 AM / 4 years ago

Noble Group's global M&A head departs - sources

SINGAPORE, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Noble Group’s global head of M&A has resigned from the company, marking a string of recent senior level departures at the commodities trader as it battles weak prices of resources, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Ellen Chon, who has been with the company for more than six years, is currently on leave, said the people, who declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

It was not immediately clear where Chon, who had previously worked at Goldman Sachs, was joining. The resignation of Hong Kong-based Chon comes as the commodities downturn is dimming the prospects for commodity traders and producers.

A spokesman for Noble said the company does not comment on personnel matters.

Over the past few years, Noble has focused on securing contracts with commodity suppliers, instead of investing in capital-intensive assets.

On Thursday, Reuters quoted sources as saying that two senior U.S.-based energy executives had left Noble in the past week.

Noble hit the spotlight in February when blogger Iceberg Research questioned its accounting practices. Noble defended its financials, and board-appointed consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers found no wrongdoing in a report published in August.

In August, Noble reported a 22 percent drop in six-month net profit as commodity prices slumped. Noble has said it is open to selling core businesses, as it pursues options to boost market confidence after the accounting dispute. (Additional reporting by Rujun Shen; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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