Leadership Dialogue 2013

Companies that are looking to grow have to expand beyond their domestic shores but often face the challenge of finding the right talent to staff key positions. This is sometimes exacerbated by the persistent rootedness of employees who may shy away from venturing abroad.

How critical is it for a corporate leader to embrace mobility in an increasingly borderless world? Put another way, what benefits – tangible or otherwise – accrue to individuals who have the gumption to leave familiar ground? And how can companies help pave the way?

Mr Samuel Tsien, Group CEO of OCBC Bank, will share his experiences and insights. Joining us to moderate the Q&A session is Professor Richard Arvey, Head, Department of Management & Organisation, NUS Business School.


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Date: Wednesday,
October 30, 2013
Time: 11.30am - 1.00pm
Venue: Function Room 4-2,
NUS Business School
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the Speaker

Mr Samuel N. Tsien is the Group Chief Executive Officer of OCBC Bank. He took on this appointment on 15 April 2012. He joined OCBC Bank in July 2007 as Senior Executive Vice President, managing the Group's corporate and commercial banking business. In 2008, he assumed the position as Global Head of Global Corporate Bank with added responsibilities of overseeing the financial institution and transaction banking businesses.

He has 35 years of banking experience. In 2006, he became the President and Chief Executive Officer of China Construction Bank (Asia) when China Construction Bank acquired Bank of America (Asia). From 1995 to 2006, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of America (Asia), and Asia Consumer and Commercial Banking Group Executive of Bank of America Corporation. He served as Bank of America's Head of Asia Credit Risk Management for the commercial and retail banking group before that.

Mr Tsien is also Chairman of OCBC Bank (China) Ltd and a Commissioner of PT Bank OCBC NISP Tbk. He also serves as a Director of Mapletree Commercial Trust Management Ltd and several companies in the OCBC Group, including Great Eastern Holdings Ltd, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad, OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad and Bank of Singapore.

Mr Tsien holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


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