In Asia, Citi is (a lot) bigger than other US banks. In the first quarter of 2019, it generated $4,130m in revenues from the region (22% of its global total), while Goldman Sachs only mustered $1,103m (12%).
If you’re looking for a job at the firm, the sheer size of Citi in Singapore (where its headcount tops those of all other foreign banks) and Hong Kong means you’ll want to do plenty of research into who might be interviewing you. To help get you started, we’ve compiled a list of some of the people you need to know at Citi in Hong Kong and Singapore, across different departments.
Amol Gupte, ASEAN head and Singapore CEO
Gupte has been at the helm of Citi in Singapore since 2016 when he took over from the retiring Michael Zink, and Rajesh Mehta (see below) assumed his former role as regional treasury and trade solutions head. Like many senior leaders at Citi in Asia, Gupte has had a long and global career with the firm. He’s been with Citi for 31 years and has also worked in New York, London and Hong Kong.
Julia Raiskin, Asia Pacific head of investor sales and relationship management
Singapore-based Raiskin leads the team behind Citi’s strong recent growth in FICC and equities in Asia. She was previously G10 rates sales head for APAC and Japan at Citi, having joined the firm in 2007 as head of APAC retail structured products distribution. As we reported last year, Raiskin is also a leading advocate for women in banking.
Steven Lo, regional head, Asia Pacific, private bank
Hong Kong-based Lo took over the top job at Citi’s private bank in February last year following the retirement of his predecessor, Bassam Salem. He joined Citi about 28 years ago as an ultra-high-net-worth banker in Vancouver, moved to Asia in 2001, and was appointed global market manager of Hong Kong in 2010.
Jan Metzger, Asia Pacific head of banking, capital markets and advisory
Hong Kong-based Metzger was hired from Credit Suisse, where he ran TMT investment banking for Asia, in November 2015. Metzger was previously global co-head of technology investment banking at Citi, and was promoted into his current role in June 2018, replacing Mark Slaughter who returned to the US.
Vikram Subrahmanyam, head of operations and technology, Asia Pacific
Subrahmanya is a Citi lifer who joined the bank in 1991 in his native India. He rose steadily up the ranks and made managing director in 2005, responsible for operations and technology, markets and banking, for the Indian Subcontinent. Subrahmanya, who has held several senior jobs in Tokyo, Jakarta and Mumbai, took on his current Singapore-based position in 2016.
Seung Yi, regional head of core and corporate compliance
One of the key players in Citi’s substantial Asian compliance team, Yi has worked in compliance for two decades. Yi spent the first eight years of his career (1998 to 2006) at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in New York, Korea and Hong Kong, and ended up as regional head of core compliance.
Munir Nanji, head of global subsidiaries group, Asia Pacific
Nanji took on his current job in 2017, having previously been Asia sales head for treasury and trade solutions at Citi. The global subsidiaries group, which serves the local units of Citi’s multinational clients in Asia, has been hiring more bankers recently, Nanji told us in an interview last year. He added that he’s not interested in recruiting candidates who are purely salespeople. “If you’re just meeting a client to sell them a particular product because it’s the flavour of the month, the discussion could end pretty quickly.”
Rajesh Mehta, regional head of treasury and trade solutions, Asia Pacific
Citi’s mammoth TTS business, which provides integrated cash management and trade finance services to multinational corporations, has been experiencing high growth rates of late. Mehta was appointed to lead the business regionally in 2016. The Citi veteran has held several senior roles in transaction banking and corporate banking in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Latin America, and Mexico. He was most recently EMEA head of TTS.
Gerry Keefe, head of Asia Pacific corporate banking
Keefe, a former structured finance lawyer, joined Citigroup in 2006 and was appointed head of origination for US securitised products four years later. In 2014 he became head of Japanese corporate banking at Citi in Tokyo. He moved to Hong Kong in 2016 to take on his current role, according to his public profile. He’s also the man behind Citi’s increasingly strong Belt and Road franchise.
James Hua, regional head of trading book risk management for Asia
Like Yi (above), Hau is a major figure in the middle-office. The managing director is responsible for market and balance-sheet liquidity risk management of all Asian markets businesses – including rates, currencies, credit and equities – across 17 countries and trading hubs. Hua joined Citi in New York in 2004 as global head of its pricing analytics group, and moved to Hong Kong three years later.
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