Managing Director and Head of Global Corporates Singapore, Standard Chartered, 38
High-powered banker and highly involved mother are not often used to descibe a single person, except for Cherie Teng — the head of Global Corporates Singapore at Standard Chartered Bank is a proud mother of two boys who believes in “seizing the day and living every day like it’s the last”. As juggling a demanding job in finance with the needs of two children is no easy task, Teng makes it a point to prioritise and manage expectations. “It is impossible to be mentally and physically at two places at one time,” she says frankly. The key is to be aware of your own capacity and ask for help when you need it, she adds. “I believe that it is okay to say no, but it is never okay to break a promise — the consequences are far worse.” That formula has worked well, judging from Teng’s portfolio of both local and regional roles over the course of her 17-year career at the bank. She currently leads a team of client coverage managers responsible for managing the bank’s largest corporate and institutional clients operating in Singapore.