Former Citibank SG CEO joins DBS to head up strategy and planning

DBS Bank has appointed Han Kwee Juan as group head of strategy and planning. He will be assuming the role in April, and report to CEO Piyush Gupta. He will also be a member of the Group Management Committee.

Han was lastly the Singapore CEO of Citibank, resigning from the bank two days ago. He was with Citibank for 27 years and had oversight of Citi’s onshore retail banking, wealth management, cards and personal loans, mortgage and retail SME businesses in Singapore as the CEO. Meanwhile at DBS, he will occupy the role previously held by Shee Tse Koon. Shee has since moved on to become DBS’ Singapore country head in December last year.

“Over the years, we’ve made it a point to build our leadership primarily through growing our own timber. We are pleased that we have many capable leaders as a consequence. However, from time to time, it is also good to supplement our bench with external talent, allowing us to gain from new perspectives. Han will be a good addition, and I look forward to leading this solid team as we continue on our journey to enrich lives, transform businesses and make a sustainable difference in the communities we operate in,” DBS CEO Piyush Gupta said.

The bank shuffled its leadership in December last year. Following Shee’s move to country head, present Singapore country heard Sim S. Lim will succeed Tan Su Shan as group head of consumer banking and wealth management from 1 January 2019. As such, Tan will take over Jeannette Wong as group head of institutional banking from 1 February 2019. This comes as Wong plans to retire on 1 March 2019. Wong served as chief financial officer from 2003 to 2008, before moving on to her existing role.

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