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Piyush Gupta is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS group as well as the director of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd. DBS is a leading financial company in Asia with assets running US$ 3 million. It is headquartered in Singapore. However, it has more than 300 branches operating in 17 countries worldwide.

DBS has a solid presence as a financial player with over 4 million satisfied customers. The financial biggie also has got an amazing industry presence in Greater China, South East Asia and South Asia.

Definitely a mention is required on the number of awards bagged by DBS group as such. DBS was named "Bank of the Year, Asia" in 2012 by The Banker, "Best Bank, and Asia-Pacific" in 2014 by Global Finance and "Safest Bank in Asia from 2009 to 2013 also by Global Finance.

Before taking up the CEO's position in DBS, Piyush Gupta was the Chief Executive Officer representing Citi Group for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Early Days and Education

Piyush holds a Bachelor's Degree in Arts (Economics- Honors) from the Delhi University and an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. He started off his career with Citi Bank in India in the year 1982 and has held several senior management positions across Citi Group's corporate and consumer banking businesses. This includes heading the department of Strategic Planning for Emerging Markets and Regional Director for Global Transaction Services for Asia Pacific. He has represented Citi Group in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore as well.

The Spark

Piyush Gupta has bagged several awards in recognition of his career span. He was awarded the best CEO Leadership Achievement Award by Peter Seah representing DBS Singapore in the year 2013. He also has bagged many awards for attracting maximum foreign capital towards South East Asian Banks including DBS. DBS stands for Development Bank of Singapore.

His external appointments include serving as the Deputy Chairman of SPRING, Singapore. He is an esteemed member of the Group of Experts to the ASEAN Capital markets forum. He also belongs to the board of International Market for Finance, Washington. Likewise, his presence in the global financial markets is stupendous.

He is also an advisory board member of SimKee Boon Institute for financial economics. He is a council member of Association of Banks in Singapore. He is a notable Indian, who is so much sought after in an advanced nation like Singapore. He is a council member of Indian Business Leaders Round Table. Just look at how versatile the individual has shaped his career as. You name the designation, and he has it forming part of his portfolio.

His Journey with DBS

Piyush had substituted his 27 year career stint with Citi before he took over as the CEO of DBS. The job meant he had to literally run the business scholastics of one of the largest banks prevalent in Singapore. He wanted to create an impact on pace of running the business to what he commonly referred to as ‘loan shop'.

Unlike the two rivalries owned by Greater mainland China, which comprise of Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation and United Overseas bank founded by affluent Chinese immigrants way back in 1930's , DBS is relatively a younger institution.

Established in 1968 as Development Bank of Singapore, the aim of DBS was to help the newly formed independent city state which was separated from Mainland China. Ever since, DBS has been the emerging financial markets worldwide. There was a managing committee formed to lend loans to individuals, and the same was ever waffling on what to do.

This was when Mr. Gupta gained prominence. The management systems adopted by the bank were so outdated that the committee could not even assess whether running a particular branch was profitable or not. He took over the intimidating committee way back in 2009 when he took over as the CEO of DBS. Ever since he took over, there has absolutely been no looking back. He took over the committee and handled issues of digitalized banking which helped DBS achieve "Best bank of the year" award in December 2013.

He is responsible for bringing the concept of digitalized banking in Singapore. He has introduced a concept named ‘Home Connect' just about recently. The householder can simply hold his smart phone and scan the street and call up the latest transacted prices of nearby properties available on a map. This is how simple the technology works.The app also lets the user checkout nearby amenities, calculate mortgage repayments or connect to a loan officer right then and there. He wants to heal up the mainstay of Home Connect to meet the home shifting demands of young customers. The app also lets them calculate mortgage prices and rates of interest on acquiring an own property per say.

Piyush Gupta believes that the new digitalized technology is here to stay. That is going to make the difference between the banks that will survive and the banks that will not survive," he says.

Ever since Mr. Gupta took over the Singaporean bank in November 2009 he has been instrumental in the growing overhaul effect of the bank. He has logged in 18 quarters of consistent growth enabling the quarterly earnings to increase to SGD 1.03 billion which is over 9% more than the previous year.

The 54 year old Citi Bank veteran has also impressed the Singapore market by adopting superb strategies towards executing wealth management, expansion activities in North Asia and lending to small-scale and medium sized enterprises. He has created a favorable impact on growth factor of DBS enabling better inflow of foreign funds including businesses from multinational clients.

Gupta has brought a collective sigh of relief to stakeholders which even 5 CEO's from the past decade could not achieve. Since the first year of his joining the company, many people were left wondering if he is one of those come and go CEO's. But he has stayed, and he has done well which is really one thing about the determined individual.

And there is more to him, and he has a long way to go!

Family

Mr. Piyush Gupta is married and has two teenage children.

Awards & Accolades
Mr. Gupta was also awarded as the Best CEO, Asia-Pacific, by The Asian Banker.
He was also awarded the Best CEO, Singapore by The Asian Banker and also by The Business Times.
He was also named as the Best Executive, Singapore by the Asia money.
Mr. Gupta was also awarded the Asian Corporate Director Recognition Award, Singapore by the Corporate Governance Asia.
He was also honored as the Top Gun CEO Designation Award, Singapore by the Securities Investors Association.
Piyush Gupta was honored with the "Leadership Award and Best Managed Bank in the Asia Pacific" at the Leadership Achievement Awards in 2013.
DBS received the Best Managed Bank in the Asia Pacific award under the leadership of Mr. Gupta from the prestigious Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Awards on the 23rd of April 2013.
Professional Affiliations
Citigroup Inc.
DBS Bank Ltd.
DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
Citibank Berhad
Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad
St. Stephens College
University of Delhi
Citibank Singapore Limited
Citigroup Holding (Singapore) Private Limited
The Islamic Bank of Asia Limited
DBS Bank (China) Limited
Quotes
  Negative press on India is primarily driven by the macroeconomic and governance deficit that is deserved
  It is very tough to do that in a global bank that is product-driven, where every product wants to make money. For us, you win some and lose some, and we have the capacity to create the best of both worlds
  We drive what we call an Asian style of banking and define it in relationships -- we tend to stay through cycles. We had a tremendous boost after the 2008 crisis because we were one of the few banks that stayed through the crisis .
  I make a lot of effort around talent, but I don't have to be women-focused here. One-third of my senior leadership team is women, and many of my big businesses are run by women -- consumer and wealth --and my CFO (chief financial officer) is a woman-- we have very powerful women in DBS. .
  Over the next five to ten years, Asia will attract a lot of capital from the West. Managing inflows deftly will be challenging for Asian central banks and regulators. Further out, we must think about the unintended consequences of regulatory change.
  You have got to have a credible budget which recognises the fiscal issues. It should lay a very clear pathway which consolidates the fiscal
  If you want to think about growth, if you want to think about making a difference, you want to think about working in growing economies, whether it is setting foot into FUNDING, infrastructure developers' needs, financing, that's more likely to happen in the East. So think about where you want to be
  Our clients are always telling us that they see a new energy, a new engagement with our people, and that must mean that the culture is changing

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