Standard Chartered announces major hires
Lisa Robins has been appointed global head for transaction banking effective February 19 2018. She will be based in Singapore and report to Simon Cooper, CEO for corporate and institutional banking. She will also join the bank’s corporate and institutional banking management team.
Robins’ international business career spans 38 years across Asia, Europe and the US with Louis Dreyfus, J.P. Morgan Chase and most recently, Deutsche Bank where she was head of global transaction banking for Asia-Pacific. In this role, she was responsible for the bank’s commercial banking activities, including cash management, trade finance, securities and trust services.
Robins joined Deutsche Bank in 2011, and in addition to her transaction banking role, she was the bank’s regional vice chair of corporate and investment banking.
Robins takes over from Alex Manson, who has taken up a new role within the bank, overseeing the new business unit called SC Ventures. The new entity will invest in fintechs and other start-up companies as well as promote rapid testing and implementation of a new business model. This will serve as vehicle to lead the digital innovation across the group.
Technology is at the heart of Standard Chartered’s strategy. It aims to drive efficiencies, increase automation, introduce global platforms, reduce manual errors and strengthen defense against financial crime.
SC Ventures will work with businesses and functions across the group in three areas:
• Catalysts – Internal consultants will help the rest of the group in problem-solving and spreading innovation best practices and client-centric design. The eXellerator innovation lab will be part of this group
• Investments – A professional investment unit to manage the group’s minority investments in fintechs companies and to seek further investments in promising technologies. The bank has previously invested in Ripple, a leading distributed ledger company to co-develop commercially viable applications for global trade and payments, and Paxata, a leading enterprise information management company
• Ventures – The venture unit will sponsor and oversee new disruptive technology ventures that are wholly or partially owned by Standard Chartered. It will seek projects that amplify the bank’s core strengths or where the bank can support a venture in a strategic way.
In another major appointment, Standard Chartered has named Andrew Au as regional head for global banking in Greater China and North Asia. Based in Hong Kong and reporting to Paul Skelton, global head for global banking, Au was most recently CEO for the China business at Citi, based in Shanghai. Before this CEO role for China, Au was the regional head of commercial banking for the US bank in Asia-Pacific.
Over at Credit Agricole, the French bank has promoted Atul Sodhi as global head of debt capital markets for corporates.
Sodhi has been with Credit Agricole since 1997 and has a strong expertise in corporate banking, client coverage and debt origination gained over his 25 years of work experience.
Prior to this role, he was head of debt origination and advisory in Asia. Sodhi will relocate to Paris as part of his new responsibilities and will report globally to Sebastien Domanico, global head of DCM and locally to Pierre Gay, head of global markets for Europe.
IN • ABN AMRO Simon Dodd head, project finance, Asia-Pacific/country executive, Greater China • Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Marie Diana Lynn Coronel-Singson head, global corporate banking, Manila • BlackRock Deborah Ho head, Southeast Asia • BNY Mellon Investment Management Phoebe Ao Leong head, intermediary distribution, Greater China • Carlyle Group Wanlin Liu managing director, Asia private equity • Credit Agricole CIB Atul Sodhi global head, debt capital markets, corporates • Deutsche Bank Andrew Pang, director, loan origination, Hong Kong • Everbright Sun Hung Kai Li Bingtao CEO • Mizuho Financial Group Yasuhiro Sato chairman, executive officer; Tatsufumi Sakai president & group CEO • Natixis Chaoni Huang director, green & sustainable solutions, Asia-Pacific • Nomura Boris Collardi Guy Smith • Rothschild Elizabeth Wang head, global advisory, Greater China • Schroders Reginald Tan head, multi-asset products, Southeast Asia • Standard Chartered Lisa Robins global head, transaction banking; Alex Manson head, SC Ventures; Andrew Au regional head, global banking, Greater China & North Asia • State Street Global Advisors Betty Ng managing director & chief operating officer, Asia, ex-Japan • Vontobel Asset Management Andreas Faeste senior institutional relationship manager, Australia & New ZealandOUT• Agricultural Bank of China Betty Ng general manager, private wealth management, Hong Kong • Amundi Singapore Reginald Tan director & head, multi-asset strategies, Southeast Asia • Goldman Sachs Wanlin Liu managing director, principal investment area, Asia • Intesa Sanpaolo Simon Dodd chief executive, Hong Kong • Standard Chartered Marie Diana Lynn Coronel-Singson head, financial markets & financial markets sales, Manila