HSBC Commercial Banking team has announced the appointment of Andrew Russell as deputy commercial director in its Central and Eastern real estate team. Mr Russell will join the 12-strong real estate team, reporting directly to Central and Eastern commercial director of real estate Andy Cole. In his new role, Mr Russell will provide support to existing and potential commercial real estate customers. As well as being a respected member of the professional community in East Anglia, Mr Russell brings a wealth of experience to the role, including 25 years at HSBC and, more recently, two years in the real estate team at Lloyds HBOS. Mr Russell said: "I'm really pleased to be joining HSBC's real estate team in the Central and East Region and look forward to consolidating my experience to assist our real estate customers across the region in achieving their potential." Ian Urquhart, HSBC regional commercial director for the Central and Eastern region, said: "I am delighted to welcome Andrew back to HSBC. His skills and experience will strengthen our commercial real estate team as we continue to support our existing and new real estate clients.