Being a banker was never part of Lois Wan’s plan. What she really wanted to be was a business journalist. “You can’t really be a journalist covering financial news if you do not have hands-on experience. So I joined a bank to get experience,” Wan says, of her initial decision to enter the finance industry.
In the end, she fell in love with the dynamism of the banking sector and never felt the itch to leave. Now executive director and senior client partner at DBS Private Bank, Wan manages the wealth of ultra-high-net-worth individuals. But her services go beyond portfolio management. She has assisted clients in bond issuances, IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity deals. She also helps businesses manage succession planning and risk through the application of various fiduciary products. Lauded as one of Singapore’s top young banking talents, Wan was named Outstanding Young Private Banker by Private Banker International last year.
Looking ahead, Wan intends to set up a philanthropic fund for the less fortunate one day. “If we could share some of what we have with others, it will definitely make the world a much better place for all,” she says.