Samuel Tsien

Group Chief Executive Officer
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

IBF Distinguished Fellow (2010)

Corporate Banking

"There is no doubt that training and common assessments will help promote competence development and raise the professional standards of the financial industry."


Mr Tsien is the Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC). 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 37 years of banking experience. Prior to joining OCBC Bank, he was 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, based in Hong Kong.

Mr Tsien is presently Chairman of OCBC Bank (China) Ltd and a Commissioner of PT Bank OCBC NISP Tbk. He also serves on the boards of major OCBC Group companies, including Great Eastern Holdings Ltd, Bank of Singapore Ltd, OCBC Wing Hang Bank Ltd, OCBC Bank (Malaysia) Berhad and OCBC Al-Amin Bank Berhad. He is also concurrently the Chairman of the Association of Banks in Singapore since June 2013, a council member of the Singapore Business Federation and a Director of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd. Mr Tsien holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.