The DBS chairman was honoured this year with a Distinguished Service Order at the National Day Awards. A banker for 33 years before retiring as vice chairman and CEO of the former Overseas Union Bank in 2001, Seah played a role in transforming Singapore's financial sector and its stock market, as well as in helping to make the nation a premium hub for fund management. Seah became DBS chairman in 2010, and quickly lent his weight to the bank's strategic roadmap to strengthen its Asia footprint. In October 2012, DBS underscored its commitment to be the Asian bank of choice with the inauguration of its new headquarters, DBS Asia Central, which it has a stake in. At over 600,000sq ft, DBS Asia Central integrates the bank's customer-facing units, including consumer banking, institutional banking, treasury and markets and wealth management, under one roof. DBS has more than 200 branches in 15 Asian markets. This year, it plans to expand its China presence by an additional 50 outlets.