John Laurens

Group Head, Global Transaction Services
DBS Bank Ltd

IBF Fellow (2018)

Corporate Banking

"An obsession with meeting customer needs, embracing agile working practices and keeping up to date with and realising the potential of new technologies are key to success in corporate banking."


​John Laurens has over 30 years of banking experience and is the Head of Global Transaction Services at DBS Bank. In his role, John is responsible for DBS's transaction banking business including cash management, trade finance, supply chain financing and securities and fiduciary services. He has over 20 years of experience in the Asia Pacific region, having undertaken regional leadership roles in sales, product management, relationship management and corporate and commercial banking.

Before joining DBS, John led HSBC's Asia Pacific Global Payments and Cash Management business from 2007 to 2014. Under his leadership, this business transformed into a high growth and high performing franchise that produced $2.2 billion revenues in 2013. Prior to his time with HSBC, John was with Citibank Australia where he was Head of Corporate Banking and also held senior transaction banking positions with Citibank, including Regional Head, Global Cash and Trade, Asia-Pacific with responsibility for product management in Singapore. Prior to moving to Asia in 1994, he undertook a variety of roles in Europe covering relationship management, global custody, investment management and marketing.​

John Laurens is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He served on the board of SWIFT from 2011 to 2014, during which he chaired SWIFT's sub-committee overseeing the establishment of SWIFT India, the first such local incorporation initiative undertaken by SWIFT. He is recognised as a leader in the transaction banking industry globally.