It’s the post-bonus hiring season and if you’re looking for a banking job in Singapore or Hong Kong, Citi may well be on your radar right now. Asia is one of Citi’s fastest growing regions – with revenues approaching $15bn in 2017 – and accounts for a quarter of the bank’s profits globally.
Who might be interviewing you if you apply to Citi in Asia? Here’s a selection, across different departments, of some of the firm’s major power players.
Amol Gupte, ASEAN head and Singapore CEO
Gupte has been at the helm of the largest foreign bank by headcount 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 29 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 450-strong 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 10 years ago as head of APAC retail structured products distribution. As we reported in January, Raiskin is also a leading advocate for women in banking.
Steven Lo, Asia head of private banking
Hong Kong-based Lo took over the top job at Asia’s second largest private bank by assets at the start of last month following the retirement of his predecessor, Bassam Salem. He joined Citi 27 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. Lo is now in charge of more than 300 Citi relationship managers across Asia.
Jan Metzger, Asia TMT head, and global TMT co-head (from June: Asia Pacific head of corporate and investment banking)
Metzger was hired from Credit Suisse, where he ran TMT investment banking for Asia, in November 2015 and has since elevated Citi’s status in one of the most active coverage industries in Asian investment banking. He took on his global co-head role in January last year, in a sign of the region’s growing importance within technology IBD. Earlier this week Citi announced that from June Metzger will lead its Asia Pacific corporate and investment bank, replacing Mark Slaughter who is returning to the US.
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 almost two decades, according to his LinkedIn profile. 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.
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 double-digit growth of late. Mehta was appointed to lead the business regionally in 2016. The 34-year 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.
James Arnold, head of Asia Pacific debt capital markets syndicate
DCM is a key strength of Citi’s investment bank in Asia Pacific – last year the firm finished second in the APAC (ex-Japan) DCM revenue league table, according to Dealogic. Arnold was promoted into his Hong Kong-based role in December 2016, having spent six years working in Citi’s Australian DCM team in Sydney.
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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