Christina Cheah Appointed as HSBC Malaysia's New head of Global Banking
"We believe that a diverse top leadership team is essential to delivering for our customers. It is also a happy coincidence that Christina's appointment is taking place just before International Women's Day on 8 March 2021."
HSBC Malaysia has appointed Christina Cheah the head of its global banking division effective March 1, just a few months after previous global banking head Omar Mahmoud stepped down and she assumed the interim position.
With Cheah's appointment, women now make up 40 percent of HSBC Malaysia's executive committee. The bank said in a statement that her appointment reflects a “desire to promote local talent as well as the bank's commitment to nurturing and growing more women leaders in Malaysia.”
Cheah's association with HSBC has been for over eight years in a row. She has been heading its large local corporates business prior to her new appointment. She has also led various diversity, inclusion, and talent development initiatives for the bank. Prior to joining HSBC, she was a Director with Standard Chartered Bank.
HSBC Malaysia CEO Stuart Milne said that Malaysia is a deliberately significant market for the bank, and Cheah's broad experience and profound comprehension of the market make her very much situated to lead. He additionally added that her arrangement is line with the bank's obligation to assemble and create nearby ability, and to drive variety in its administration.
"We believe that a diverse top leadership team is essential to delivering for our customers. It is also a happy coincidence that Christina's appointment is taking place just before International Women's Day on 8 March 2021," he said.