Samuel Tsien


Group CEO

Samuel Tsien heads Singapore's second-largest and, according to Bloomsberg, the world's second strongest bank. Under his leadership, OCBC Bank added a couple more accolades to its name in 2013: it clinched the Randstad Award for Most Attractive Employer in the banking and finance sector; was named the Best Bank in Singapore by Global Finance Best Developed Market Banks; and won the Regional Derivatives House of the Year award at the 14th Annual Asia Risk Awards. Tsien, who took over the reins at OCBC in 2012, continued to seek growth in overseas markets last year, particularly China and Indonesia. In September, OCBC opened a 1 billion yuan corporate office in Shanghai's financial district Pudong, the first Singapore bank to own and operate a headquarters building in China. OCBC Bank achieved another first at home when it launched OCBC Campus, a learning and development hub smack in the CBD, for its more than 17,000 employees in Singapore and abroad. Excluding non-core gains realised a year ago from the divestment of the Group's stakes in F&N and APB, net profits for the quarter to September were up 5 percent from the year earlier period.