Meet the bankers who all became Googlers in Singapore this year

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Meet the bankers who all became Googlers in Singapore this year

Google in Singapore first began stepping up its hiring from the local finance sector in 2017. That year, for example, it poached Aman Narain, head of digital and fintech at Schroders, and Carl Bachman Kharazmi, DBS’s APAC head of cloud engineering.

The tech firm’s appetite for recruiting banking professionals has not abated in 2019, and its recent hires span a wide range of roles and seniority levels. Here’s a (non-exhaustive) selection of former bank employees who have joined Google in Singapore since January, based on public profiles.

Tony Low, Apigee digital engagement lead APAC

Low was with DBS before he took up his job working on Apigee, a Google-owned platform for developing and managing APIs, earlier this year. He spent about two and a half years at DBS as DevOps engineering lead and AWS adoption delivery lead, and also focused on enterprise API platform advisory. Low started his career in 2005 at IBM and his subsequent employers include Barclays (as a product manager) and Citi (as a senior architect).

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, APAC payments compliance manager

Dhaliwal joined Google in September having spent about 14 months at Citi as a senior vice president in group AML for APAC payment intermediaries and digital clients, according to his LinkedIn profile. Dhaliwal was the Singapore-based head of financial crime compliance for correspondent banking for ASEAN and South Asia at Standard Chartered between 2015 and 2018, and prior to that did a one-year stint at Wells Fargo in Hong Kong as APAC lead for anti-bribery and corruption and fraud risk management.

Ashwin Samuel, finance manager, Google Pay

Like Dhaliwal, Samuel was also hired this year from Citi, where he spent more than 13 years, latterly working in APAC cards and “next gen analytics” at senior vice president level, according to his LinkedIn profile. Banking professionals who want to join Google may be inspired by Samuel’s move into its payments unit, which is expanding in Singapore, opening up the potential for more hiring from banks.

Barbara Crane, head of financial services industry, Southeast Asia, Google Cloud

Google hired Crane in August from SAP, where she had been sales director for the financial services industry, but she has spent most of her career at banks. Crane worked for HSBC’s investment bank in London from 2001 to 2007, before doing a three-year stint at BNP Paribas in a sales and structuring  job. She was then at RBS, a role than took her from London to Singapore in 2012 as head of client relationship management for APAC.

Swetha Narayanan, senior strategist, trust and safety

As we reported in July, Narayanan has joined Google’s expanding trust and safety team in Singapore, having worked for Goldman since the start of her career in 2014. She was most recently an associate in global investment research technology (analytics) at Goldman Sachs. Narayanan’s move demonstrates Google’s growing ability to poach junior banking professionals, who might previously have been more attracted to buy-side jobs.

Keane Nguyen, industry manager

Nguyen is another 2019 hire from Citi, which has the largest headcount of any foreign bank in Singapore and is therefore a prime headhunting ground for Google and other large tech firms. Nguyen began his career in 2008 as an assistant manager, global treasury, at OCBC in Singapore and then moved to Ho Chi Minh City with the same firm. In 2010, Citi hired Nguyen in Vietnam as a global markets trader, and in 2013 the US bank relocated him back to Singapore in a treasury services manager role within wealth management.

Yan Hao Wang, software engineer

Google is also hiring young tech professionals from banks in Singapore. Wang joined Goldman Sachs last year after graduating from NUS with a Bachelor of Computing, but Google poached him just eight months into his analyst-level job at the bank. Google already knew about Wang – he spent the summer of 2017 doing a US-based internship with the tech giant.

Image credit: Kai Wenzel, Unsplash

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