Lilian Tham

Chief Operating Officer, Singapore
Head of Operations & Technology, Asia Pacific
Schroder Investment Management (Singapore) Limited

IBF Fellow (2018)

Technology & Operations

"Technology disrupts but also unlocks boundless potential. The key to success is the agility to adapt and tap on new opportunities, so we can focus on delivering sustainable value to clients."

Biography

Lilian Tham joined Schroders in 1994.  Between then and 2004, she headed the IT function across the investment banking and asset management businesses in South East Asia.  Her responsibilities were expanded to include managing IT in North Asia following the sale of the investment bank.  She was appointed Head of Operations & Technology for Asia Pacific in 2004 and later in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer for Singapore.  Ms Tham is currently based in Singapore with regional responsibilities that encompass Portfolio Services, Fund Services, Information Technology and Change & Project Management and local oversight of other support functions.

Ms Tham is also a member of the firm’s Global Operations Committee (GOC) responsible for setting the global operational strategy of the firm. The GOC comprises the most senior operations executives across the firm and she represents the requirements and priorities for Asia Pacific.

With the foresight and vision of transforming Singapore into a truly regional headquarter for the Schroders group, and thereby strengthening the reputation of Singapore as an attractive location to attract investment opportunities, Ms Tham championed for the creation of the operations hub here in Singapore in the early 2000s. That started the journey of trading consolidation, creation of regional Infrastructure hub and more. This also led the development and growth of local talents in this space. The depth of the talent pool built up over the years also means that we were able to actively contribute in wide-ranging industry initiatives by various agencies like IBF.

With her passion to support the growth and advancement of local talents and companies, Ms Tham has also been actively volunteering her expertise in various industry wide associations and committees in IBF, TeSA, NTUC Enterprise. She is also a board member of ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited and the Home Nursing Foundation.

Last year, as part of the firm's strategic direction to see it transform into a leading intelligent investment management firm in the region, Lilian has also taken on the new global mandate in setting up our Cognitive Science & Automation department as its Global Project Sponsor. This was a landmark appointment as this is the first time that Schroders has appointed someone based out of London into a global role.

By championing for the establishment of this Centre of Excellence capability in Singapore, Ms Tham has positioned the Singapore office to extend the scope of its responsibility to handle the transformation and ongoing delivery of these technologies across our global footprint, including London and Luxembourg.