Nine star Singapore bankers who’ve got right to the top in Hong Kong

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Nine star Singapore bankers who’ve got right to the top in Hong Kong

You’ve made it to vice president rank at a bank in Singapore. But you’re not satisfied – you want to make director and then MD...and you want to move to a larger Asian financial centre, Hong Kong. The stuff of dreams? Not necessarily – plenty of Singaporeans have found senior success in Hong Kong banking.

We’ve looked at online profiles of bankers who graduated from universities in Singapore, but went on to find leadership-level roles in Hong Kong. Here’s a selection – maybe they’ll inspire you.

Jacqueline Liau, managing director, global head of FX prime brokerage and APAC head of eFX, HSBC

Liau has been with HSBC since 2009 and established the firm’s FX prime business, according to her profile. She spent the previous three years as a director at Deutsche Bank. Prior to that Liau worked in the FI prime team at Goldman Sachs.

Ee-Lin Tan, managing director, head of ratings advisory (Asia), Credit Suisse

Tan joined Credit Suisse in 2011, having spent the previous six years at UBS, latterly as an executive director and head of ratings advisory for ex-Japan Asia. The NUS graduate worked for Standard & Poor’s between 1997 and 2005, latterly as a director-level corporate ratings analyst.

LH Koh, managing director, head of wealth management China international, UBS

Koh was promoted into his current role in April, having previously been regional market manager for Hong Kong and Japan international. He joined UBS, Asia’s largest private bank by assets under management, in 2010 at MD level. Koh worked for BNP Paribas between 2000 and 2010, latterly as an MD.

Steve Jia, M&A managing director, JP Morgan

Jia joined JP Morgan 10 years ago and was promoted to MD in April this year. JP Morgan is the only bank that Jia has worked for to date. He graduated with a BSc in Electronic Engineering from NTU and an MS in Computational Engineering from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. Jia then worked as an engineer at Motorola from 2004 to 2007, before completing an MBA at Chicago Booth.

Chao Li, executive general manager, deputy head of treasury and market, CITIC

In 2006 Li was working for a software engineering company in San Francisco having recently graduated with an engineering degree from NUS. But in 2008 he swapped Silicone Valley for the Singapore banking sector and joined RBS, where he rose to director level in the bond syndicate team. Li was poached by Standard Chartered in Hong Kong in 2012 as head of Asia bond syndicate. He joined CITIC last year.

Chia-Min Tan, managing director, finance, Goldman Sachs

Tan, who joined Goldman in Hong Kong 2007 and made MD in 2013, manages the financial reporting team in Asia Pacific, which is responsible for performance and profitability analysis across all divisions. The NTU graduate started her banking career at JP Morgan in Singapore in 2002, having previously primarily worked for Arthur Andersen.

Luanne Lim, managing director, chief operating officer Hong Kong, HSBC

Lim was promoted into her current role in 2017, having previously been COO of HSBC-owned Bank Ekonomi Indonesia, according to her profile. She joined HSBC in Singapore back in 2001 and has risen steadily up the ranks since then, holding several senior positions across Asia, including head of service delivery in Malaysia.

Kheng Hong Chiang, managing director, treasury risk, Greater China/North Asia, Standard Chartered

Chiang has been at Standard Chartered since 2014 when he joined as head of market and liquidity risk for Hong Kong, having held the same role at DBS. He was promoted into his current position in 2016. The NTU graduate was head of market risk management for COO group treasury at OCBC between 2004 and 2008.

Lee Boon Yong, regional head of transaction banking sales, Greater China and East Asia, MUFG

Lee joined MUFG in 2015, after a nine-year stint as a director and MD at Standard Chartered, according to her online profile. In 2005 and 2006 she was head of global transaction services China at DBS, helping the Singaporean firm begin its big regional expansion.

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