Bank of the Future

Piyush Gupta is the Chief Executive of DBS Group - the largest bank in South-East Asia. Since 2009, Mr. Gupta has transformed DBS from a traditional financial institution into the World's leading digital bank.

Whether it is through the adoption of new technology, strategic acquisitions, new partnerships, or diversification, traditional banks are scrambling to respond to rapid changes in consumer behaviour. Since launching its mobile phone-based “disrupter” banks in India and Indonesia in 2016, DBS has signed up more than 2.6m customers via fingerprint technology.

In this gathering of senior leaders at the Baur au Lac in Zurich, Mr. Gupta shares his views on the real threats and opportunities presented by Asia’s rising technology giants such as Alibaba and Tencent. He sheds light on the challenges he foresees for Europe's largest banks, as well as the challenges that stand ahead of the industry as a whole. We will ask him to give his sense of where the unique opportunities lie for Swiss companies in South-East Asia. The Asia Leaders Series is a high-level networking platform where executives meet influential leaders in Asian markets. Following the event, a dinner will be held for 10-12 executives of large companies. Please contact us to request an invitation.

Piyush Gupta
CEO of DBS Bank

In 1982 and at the age of 22, Piyush Gupta started his career at Citibank India as a management trainee. He concluded several assignments with Citibank India, eventually becoming Chief-of-Staff to the India head. Mr. Gupta moved to Singapore in 1991 as the Chief-of-Staff to Citibank’s Asia head, and was posted to Indonesia in 1998, as country manager. In 2000, he left Citigroup to start up a dot-com company, but closed his venture and re-joined Citigroup in 2001. Mr. Gupta was country officer in Malaysia from 2002 to 2007, where he helped build up the bank’s branch network, before assuming the role of country officer in Singapore and then Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking for the ASEAN region. In 2008, Mr. Gupta was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Citibank in South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009, he left Citigroup to join DBS Group as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he has received various business awards, and has been credited with transforming DBS into Southeast Asia’s leading financial services group.

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