1Q17 hiring activity was muted for large sections of the region’s financial services sector as many institutions waited for the effects of organisational, cost and business restructuring efforts to come through in first quarter earnings. 


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    1Q17 hiring activity was muted for large sections of the region’s financial services sector as many institutions waited for the effects of organisational, cost and business restructuring efforts to come through in first quarter earnings. As business restructuring ‘beds down’ we would expect that many businesses will continue to take a cautious and measured approach to hiring through the second quarter.

    Although many companies have taken positive steps to right-size and strengthen their APAC enablement and infrastructure leadership ranks, leadership changes (internal and external) in the coming months will continue, for the most part, to be regulatory driven. This has been particularly acute in the asset & wealth management, insurance and consumer financial services sectors in response to local regulators focus on conduct & miss-selling, consumer protection, KYC, fraud, bribery and corruption.

    Beyond technical knowledge and experience, institutions are seeking forward-looking and commercially astute talent who can promote operational effectiveness within the boundaries of regulation. Given on-going and increasing regulatory engagement we would anticipate a greater focus on Chief Control Officers and Chief Regulatory Officers. Likewise, with data security and technology risk at the top of the regulatory agenda, and following leadership changes that have taken place at the group level throughout the last year, these roles are being upgraded in terms of both seniority and resources.

    In our last update we predicated that 2017 would be a year of ‘transformation’ and ‘innovation’ and this is proving to be the case. Demand for innovative technologists – at all levels of seniority – who have the capacity to operate in more traditional banking and finance environments remains high. Increasingly the dialogue surrounding digitisation and fintechs is becoming less focused on disruption and more around enablement; specifically, banks are moving towards collaborating and investing in start-ups to generate innovation for their own businesses. Arguably the asset management and insurance sectors continue to lag behind in this regard in terms of digital innovation, although there is a continued emphasis on deepening customer analytics, data and customer experience talent.

    While cost rationalisation remains a consistent pressure, on-going business transformation coupled with local market regulators continuing to demand standalone and robust on-shore functional leadership capability, would suggest a need for more active external talent acquisition in the coming quarter. An increasing concern, in a number of sectors, functions and markets, notably operational and enterprise risk management, around the capacity and capability of internal resources to fulfil the requirements of increasingly complex roles, is likely to lead to a better balance between internal promotion and external hiring.

    Overlaying all hiring (internal and external) is a continued focus on diversity – gender, ethnicity and thought. As organisations look to address their talent needs for the future they are increasingly receptive to engaging talent with diverse financial services as well as non-financial services experience. Their success in attracting, successfully on boarding and developing more diverse talent remains to be seen.

    Key APAC Commercial-FS appointments:

    • Jacky Chan has been appointed Regional Chief Executive, responsible for AIA’s operations in Hong Kong and Macau, Singapore and Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia as well as group agency distribution.
    • John Cai has been appointed Regional Chief Executive, responsible for the AIA’s operations in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Myanmar.
    • Matt Harris left AIG his role as CEO of Asia Pacific Insurance, having held the position since December 2014.
    • Charles Hung is promoted to CEO Hong Kong at Aviva Life Insurance Company Limited from his previous position as Chief Risk Officer, Asia.
    • Andy Jones steps down as APAC CEO at Barclays as he takes on a temporary role as Vice Chairman. Jaideep Khanna and Reid Marsh is replacing Andy Jones as Co-heads for the region.
    • Sandeep Lal has been promoted to Group Head of Digital Bank at DBS, previously DBS’s Regional Head of eBusiness. Lal is replacing Olivier Crespin who is joining CIMB Group Holdings Bhd as Chief Fintech Officer.
    • Leanne Cutts has been appointed Group Head of Marketing at HSBC, joining from Mondelez International where she was President for gum, candy and beverages in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
    • Mark Tucker has been appointed Chairman at HSBC replacing Douglas Flint, having previously been the Group Chief Executive and President at AIA. Ng Keng Hooi is to become Group Chief Executive at AIA.
    • Roy Gori has been appointed Manulife’s President, having previously been the Senior Executive Vice President and General Manager of Manulife’s Asia Division. Gori will be relocating from Hong Kong to Toronto.
    • Mary Huen has been appointed CEO for Hong Kong at Standard Chartered, having previously been the Head of Retail Banking for Greater China and North Asia.
    • Fabien Jeudy has been appointed CEO at Sun Life Hong Kong, replacing Jason Dehni. Belinda Au has been promoted to General Manager of Distribution and Marketing, having previously been Chief Distribution Officer.
    • Belinda Luk has been promoted to General Manager of Wealth and Pensions, having previously been SVP of Pension and Group Business. Clement Lam has been promoted to General Manager of Life and Health, having previously been APAC Head of Telco and Fintech Solutions.

    Key APAC Corporate and Transaction Banking appointments:

    • Craig Skein has left ANZ as Head of Transaction Banking for Hong Kong, Japan and Korea to pursue other interests.
    • Soh Ee Fong is expanding her role as Head of Securities & Fiduciary Services at DBS to build the bank’s client management and implementation capabilities taking over from Lum Yin Fong, Head of Global Product Management who will be retiring.
    • Terence Chiu has been appointed Head of Commercial Banking at HSBC Hong Kong, replacing Albert Wong who is retiring.
    • Frank Fang joins HSBC as Head of Commercial Banking for China. Fang re-joins HSBC having been Deutsche Bank’s Head of Corporate Banking for China.
    • Rohit Sawhney, the transaction banking veteran, has been appointed Country CEO for India Ratings, the domestic subsidiary of Fitch Ratings. Sawhney was previously at RBS as its Head of Global Transaction Services for the APAC region.
    • Sridhar Kanthadai has been appointed Head of Transaction Banking for Asia at JPMorgan, joining from Standard Chartered where he was the Head of Transaction Banking for Greater China and North East Asia.
    • Md Farid Kairi has been appointed Head of Transaction Banking at Maybank whilst continuing the role as Deputy Head of Global Markets for the bank. John Wong, the previous Head of Transaction Banking has moved into a strategic markets role.
    • Vivek Batra joins MUFG as Regional Head of Transaction Banking Sales for Asia and Oceania from DBS, where he was Group Head of Sales for GTS. Vivek replaces Ken Stratton, who moved into an independent consulting role.
    • Raymond Li has been appointed Head of Financial Institutions for East Asia at MUFG, joining from BNP Paribas where Li was Head of Financial Institutions for China.
    • Soon Huat Tng joins Standard Chartered as Director of the Structured Solutions Team covering ASEAN, having previously worked in Asia Pacific Structured Commodity Finance at ANZ.
    • Jafar Amin has been appointed by Wells Fargo as Regional President for Asia Pacific, covering Corporate and Commercial Banking and Financial Institutions.

    Key APAC Finance appointments:

    • Jackie Hu joins Alibaba Group as Investment Director from her previous position as Director of APAC Investment Banking, General Industrials team at Bank of America. Hu relocates from Hong Kong to Shanghai.
    • Kenneth Pang joins Commonwealth Bank of Australia as CFO, Head of Finance and Operations for Hong Kong and Japan. Pang was previously with Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking as Deputy Regional CFO.
    • Darren Ng is appointed Head of Finance, Global Consumer Financial Services at OCBC Bank. He was previously Head of Business Performance, Planning and Analysis for Global Consumer Financial Services.
    • Stanley See has been promoted to Hong Kong Head of Core Financial Control at Royal Bank of Canada, he was previously Head of Financial Accounting and Reporting.
    • Jean Fernandes is appointed CFO of Singapore at Standard Chartered. Fernandes was previously Singapore Head of Financeat the Bank and Ashish Jain has taken on this role.
    • Vinit Chauhan became Head of Projects, ITO Governance, Risk and Control at Standard Chartered. He was previously Head of Change, Finance Functions at the Bank.
    • Annapoorna Venkataramanan is appointed MD and Head of Financial Market Sales for South India and Sri Lanka at Standard Chartered, she was previously the Bank’s, Head of Financial Markets.
    • Yee Mann Hau is appointed CFO for Hong Kong at Standard Chartered, she was previously the Bank’s CFO for Shanghai.
    • Johanna Platt is appointed CFO Australia for Vanguard. She will assume this role mid-year and joins from Iron Mountain where she was CFO for Australia and New Zealand. Platt replaces Daniel Shrimski who moved internally earlier this year to Vanguard’s US based headquarters as CFO for the US Retail Investor Group.

    Key APAC Non-Finance appointments:

    • Dong Xin is appointed CFO of China Mobile replacing Xue Taohai.
    • Rajiv Bansal, ex-CFO of Infosys, leaves Ola (mobile app for transportation) where he was CFO.
    • V Ramakrishnan is appointed CFO of Tata Consultancy Services. He replaces Rajesh Gopinathan, who has been promoted internally to become CEO.

    Key APAC Governance appointments:

    • Petra Märkl has been appointed Head of Group Legal M&A at Allianz SE. She was previously Regional Head of Legal and Compliance, Asia Pacific at the company. Märkl is relocating from Singapore to Munich.
    • Ai Lin Woo joins AmBank Group as Vice President 1, Business Credit Risk. She was previously with OCBC Bank as Head, Consumer Credit Department.
    • Seng Hong Wee joins Ant Financial as Head of Compliance, Internal Business. He joined from Standard Chartered Bank as Head of Compliance, Singapore.
    • Annie Tay has left her role within AXA where she was the Asia CRO.
    • Robert Sherlock is appointed as Chief Risk Officer for Asia at AXA. He was previously Senior Expertise Risk Manager at the firm.
    • Michael Tong left AXA Singapore as Head of Information Security.
    • Anthony Desvernois has been appointed Head of APAC Production Security at BNP Paribas. He was previously the bank’s Head of IT Risk, Continuity & IAM for Corporate Banking. Desvernois is relocating from Paris to Singapore.
    • Mark Coles is appointed CRO at BT Investment Management Australia. He joins from the State Bank of India where he was the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer.
    • Jo Fox joins Chubb in Asia Pacific as Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Australia and New Zealand. Fox was previously VP for, Legal and Compliance, Global Markets at Allied World.
    • Joshua Pieterse joins Credit Suisse as Head of APAC Compliance Assurance. In his previous role, he served as Head of Business Compliance for Asia at Fidelity International.
    • Peter Monaci joins Credit Suisse as Chief Compliance Officer. He was previously Head of Compliance in Asia at JPMorgan. Monaci is replacing Mark Hart who is returning to Europe and leaving the bank.
    • Richard Moore left DBS as Managing Director and Head of Financial Crime and CISO. He is replaced by Chris Wilson from PwC, where he was a Partner for Forensic Services.
    • Moon Wang joins DBS Hong Kong as Head of Financial Crimes & Security Services, having previously been the Regional Head of Financial Crimes, ISG / MSIM Coverage at Morgan Stanley.
    • Iain Felstead joins Eastspring Investments as Head of Regional Operational Risk from Prudential Assurance as Operational Risk Senior Manager.
    • Markose Thomas joins FWD Singapore as Head of Risk and Compliance, having previously been the Head of Compliance and Risk Management at Munich Re Singapore.
    • Dunstan Maurice was appointed Group Chief Risk Officer at GHL Systems Berhad, he was previously their Group Head, Risk Management.
    • Jianjun Li joins Hillhouse Capital Management as Executive Director, Risk Management, Internal Control and Compliance. He joins from China Fortune Land Development where he was Head of Risk Management.
    • Wing Tam was appointed Senior Director, Global Operations, APAC & EMEA at Janus Capital Group. He was previously their Director, Global Operations, APAC.
    • Scott Vincent joins National Australia Bank as Senior Manager for Financial Crime Risk. Vincent was previously with MUGF as Head of Financial Crime Risk, Asia Pacific.
    • Eric Lian has been appointed Group Chief Credit Officer for Wholesale Credit Risk Management at OBCB. Lian was previously Chief Operating Officer at Fullerton Financial Holdings.
    • Niall Grady joins Prudential as Chief Compliance Officer, Asia. He joined from Eastspring Investments where he was Head Office Risk and CRO Eastspring Investments (Singapore).
    • Mark Baxter joins QBE Australia and New Zealand as CRO. He was previously UK and Europe CRO at Prudential Assurance.
    • Damian Buckley is promoted to Head of Project SAIL Country Implementation for Singapore at Standard Chartered, from his previous role as Country Implementation Manager, Financial Crime Compliance.
    • Richard Metcalf joins Standard Chartered as Group Head of Operational Risk, and will be based in Singapore. He was previously the Risk COO at UBS.
    • Wayne Porritt left his role as Chief Risk Officer for Greater China and North Asia within Standard Chartered.
    • Sandeep Gopal joins Swiss Re Corporate Solutions as Director and Asia Pacific CRO, having previously held the role of Head of Risk, Asia Pacific at Allied World.
    • Dan Williams joins UBS as the APAC General Counsel, relocating from London to Hong Kong.
    • Stuart Mills joins Westpac as Head of Operational Risk and Insurance. He was previously CRO at Premium Credit based in London.

    Key APAC HR appointments:

    • Soyong Jensen joins AIA as Chief Human Resources Officer, Group Office and Shared Services. Jensen was previously Regional Head of HR, CIB Markets and Banking at JPMorgan.
    • Julie Harrison has been appointed Chief HR Officer at Allianz Asia Pacific, she was previously their Group Head of Talent Development at Allianz SE. Julie is relocating from Germany to Singapore.
    • Kathryn van der Merwe joins ANZ as Group Executive Talent and Culture, she was previously Principal at Bain & Company.
    • Helen Champion joins Bird & Bird as Regional Head of HR, Asia Pacific. She was previously Eversheds’s HR Business Partner.
    • Hamish Bruce was promoted to Asia Head of Talent Acquisition at Manulife from his previous position as Senior Director, Talent Acquisition.
    • Leslie Raymond has been appointed Head of People, Asia at NAB, replacing Kate Colley. Raymond was previously HR Director, Asia at Air New Zealand. Kate Colley’s new role is Head of People, Corporate Institutional Banking.

    Key APAC Legal appointments:

    • Petra Märkl has been appointed Head of Group Legal M&A in Group Legal at Allianz SE. She was previously APAC Head of Legal and Compliance at Allianz SE and is relocating from Singapore to Munich.
    • Jane Song joins Airbnb as Senior Counsel, APAC Payments, prior to that she was Chief Legal Officer at Shopmatic Group.
    • Debangsu Das was appointed Corporate Counsel, Payments at Amazon, he was previously Corporate Counsel at Wipro.
    • Eoin Gillen is appointed APAC Head of Global Markets Legal for BNP Paribas, having previously been Head of Fixed Income Derivatives and Structured Products Legal for the region.
    • Tom Gorman is appointed Head of APAC Legal Regulatory Advisory and Specialised Global Coordinator at BNP Paribas. Gorman has been promoted from his previous role as a Regulatory and Fixed Income Derivatives Lawyer.
    • Paramjit Kaur Dhillon joins CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad as Head of Legal, she was previously Chief Legal Counsel at Total Sports Asia Group & GLORY Sports International Group.
    • Stephen Man joins eBay as VP& Deputy General Counsel from Uber where he was Associate General Counsel, Asia Pacific.
    • Lily Hung was appointed Head of Legal, Asia Pacific at Esprit, she was previously their Legal Counsel.
    • Sheetal Sawhney Kapur joins Google as Regional Counsel (West Asia). She was previously Vice President – Legal, Regulatory and Compliance (Head of Department) at PayU Payments Private Limited India.
    • Tanu Thakur was appointed Senior Regional Counsel (India, SEA and West Asia) at Goggle, she was previously their Corporate Counsel (India and West Asia).
    • Andreas Kuntz was appointed Head of Legal, Asia Pacific at Logitech, he was previously Senior Legal Counsel Asia Pacific at the organisation.
    • Henry Mak joins Maybank as Head of Legal, Hong Kong at Maybank, from BNP Paribas where he was previously Legal Counsel.
    • Maurice Hoo and Edwin Luk alongside 7 partners join Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP as Partners, they were previously Partners at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
    • Amit Kataria became Partner, at Morrison & Foerster. Kataria focuses on M&A transactions, private equity investments and securities offerings. Kataria has been with Morrison & Foerster since 2015.
    • Shih-Jern Liang was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel – International at Ralph Lauren and was previously their General Counsel, Asia Pacific.
    • Geoffrey Chan joins Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as Partner, Investment Management. Chan was a former head of Asian private investment funds practice at Ropes & Gray.
    • James Miller has been elected to his new role as Managing Partner at Smyth & Co. Miller has been with the firm for 22 years and was made Partner in 2003.
    • Kate Chadwick is appointed Head of Legal, APAC at TP ICAP. She was previously Head of Legal, APAC at ICAP.
    • Trinh So joins Uber as Senior Counsel, APAC Payments joining from PayPal as Head of Legal, Southeast Asia.
    • Dan Williams joins UBS as APAC General Counsel, relocating from London to Hong Kong.
    • Andrew Bishop joins White & Case as Partner, Asia Banking and Capital Markets & Restructuring practice. Bishop joined from Ropes & Gray LLP.
    • Max Lim has been appointed Regional General Counsel, Asia Pacific at Zurich Insurance, he will continue his role as General Counsel, Middle East & Africa.

    Key APAC Technology and Operations appointments - FS:

    • Lynwen Connick is appointed by ANZ as CISO from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where she was the First Assistant Secretary for Information Sharing and Intelligence.
    • Emma Gray joins ANZ as Chief Data Officer from Woolworths Limited where she was Chief Loyalty and Data Officer.
    • Simon Tong joins ASB as EGM for Technology, Innovation and Payments from Fairfax New Zealand where he was an MD.
    • Ben Norman joins Aurora Funds Management as COO from EY where he was a Director in the Transaction Advisory Services Division.
    • Franck Bessoles is promoted to Regional Head of Global Markets Operations at Bank of America from his previous position as APAC Head of Client Delivery Services and North Asia Operations.
    • Oliver Crespin joins CIMB as Chief Fintech Officer. Previously he was the Head of Digital Banking at DBS.
    • Andrew Rothwell joins Data Republic as COO from Tyro Payments where he was a Co-Founder.
    • Vidhya Subramanian joins Deutsche Bank as a Director in Wealth Management IT. Previously he was Head of Strategic Projects, Commercial and Private Bank ITO at Standard Chartered Bank.
    • Patrick Wright joins NAB as CTO from Barclays US where he was the Chief Operations and Technology Officer.
    • Peter Lynn is promoted to COO of Nikko AM Australia.
    • Jonathan Larsen joins Ping An as the Chief Innovation Officer and CEO of its new FinTech and HealthTech fund from Citi where he was the Global Head of Retail Banking.
    • Arif Khan is appointed the Chief Innovation Officer for Razorpay. Previously he was a Senior Business Leader at Mastercard, focused on product development and innovation in the GPS division.
    • Steve Hand joins Standard Chartered as Head of FM Production Services from JPMorgan where he was the APAC Head of Production Management.
    • Peter Clark joins Standard Chartered as CIO for Greater China and North Asia, from HSBC where he was previously COO for India.
    • Jay Nair has been promoted to Executive Director of Digital Servicing at Standard Chartered, he was previously the bank’s Digital Head of Governance.
    • Nimal Amaranayake has been promoted to Director of Retail Bank Digital Prospecting for Singapore at Standard Chartered. His previous role was Senior Product Manager for Retail Origination Channels.
    • Sriram Srinivasan joins Standard Chartered as Programme Director, Global Digital, his previous role was Head of Digital Platforms and Channel Operations, Asia Pacific at HSBC.
    • Stephane Kiefer joins UBP Hong Kong as COO from CIC where he was the Risk and Credit officer for Hong Kong.
    • Michael Moncarz joins UBP Singapore as COO from Natixis.
    • Greg Au-Yeung has been appointed China Head of Technology at UBS. He was previously with ANZ as its Deputy MD and Head of Technology, China. He is replacing Eric Sun, China CIO.

    Key APAC Technology and Operations appointments - Non-FS:

    • Steve Hamilton joins the Australian Bureau of National Statistics as CIO from the Australian Taxation Office where he was the Deputy Commissioner.
    • Jean-Michel Cassé is appointed by AccorHotels as COO for India and South Asia. Previously he was SVP for AccorHotels in India.
    • Andrew Ng leaves Baidu as Artificial Intelligence Chief.
    • Sandeep Dhar joins Capgemini as COO for Business Services. Previously he was CEO of the Tesco Hindustan Service Centre.
    • Claire Rawlins joins Coles as CIO from IAG where she was the Group Executive for Digital & Technology.
    • Sharam Hekmat joins IOOF Holdings as CIO from Ezidebit where he was the CTO.
    • Ajay Shrivastava is appointed the CTO at Knowlarity. Formerly he was Head of Technology of Oyo Rooms.
    • Paolo Montessori joins Lenddo as COO from Novatti where he was the CEO for Transaction Processing.
    • Ian Yip is appointed the APAC CTO at McAfee. He joins from EY where he was a Director in the Cybersecurity Practice.
    • Pranav Tiwari joins Ola as VP of Engineering. Formerly at Cellworks where he was the CTO.
    • Sanjay Kharb joins Ola as VP of Engineering Infrastructure, from InMobi where he was VP of Production Engineering.
    • Suvesh Malhotra is appointed VP of Engineering at OYO, joining from Amazon where he was Head of Technology for BuyVIP, a flash sales e-commerce platform.
    • Darren Argyle is appointed CISO by Qantas. He joins from Markit where he also served as CISO.
    • Michael Fleshman joins Singtel’s Hooq as CTO. Previously, Fleshman has worked at the BBC and Financial Times.
    • Tom Flack joins Tata Motors as Chief Procurement Officer from Ford Motor Company where he was Global Purchasing Director for Raw Materials and Stamping.
    • Aliza Knox joins Unlockd as COO from Twitter where she was VP for APAC.
    • Balesh Sharma joins Vodafone India as COO from Vodafone Czech Republic where he served as the CEO.
    • Sankar Narayan takes on the COO role in addition to his CFO role at Xero.

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