Walk us through your typical day at work.
I hold quite a senior role within corporate banking at the United Overseas Bank (UOB) where I manage a team of 18 people who handle large corporate customers in Singapore. My job is to guide relationship managers in structuring and organising deals, as well as maintaining a strong portfolio of customers and cross-selling the bank’s products.
How long have you been in this industry?
I’ve been in the financial sector for the last 30 years, but please don’t try to guess my age!
Although it’s a challenging job that demands quick turnarounds, I really enjoy the dynamic landscape of this industry and getting to work closely with people. Plus, my current job has an open structure where we can all sound off ideas from one another. It’s one of the reasons why I’m still here after all these years.
How do you deal with stress?
Eat and then gym (laughs).
I love eating all types of food as long as they’re not oily. When it comes to desserts, which are my favourite, I usually get them from my go-to cake shop, Chalk Farm.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I spend most weekends with my family and friends, just catching up over meals.
Your kids are now all grown up. Was it hard letting them go?
As parents, we try to support them as they build their own characters and make sure they grow well, but at the same time we’ll always want to hold them close no matter how old they become. My children all have their own partners that they hang out with, but they’re still living with me and I’m thankful for the time we spend together.