Ms. Leong has 30 years of work experience in the finance and banking sectors, including 13 years in China, where she built a commercial banking business from scratch. She has an excellent business network in China and in South-East Asia, including in Singapore. Over the course of her career, Wai Leng has worked in both the buy and the sell sides of the industry, in developed and developing financial markets.
She was previously Managing Director and Head of Business Management Unit at the Bank of Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of OCBC Bank. Before joining the Bank of Singapore, Wai Leng was the Chairman & CEO of OCBC Bank (China) Ltd. In 2010, she became the first banker from a non-Japanese Asian bank to win a Gold Magnolia Award, one of the highest recognitions from the Shanghai government. Perhaps most noteworthy was the fact it was the Chinese regulatory body, CBRC (Central Banking Regulatory Commission) of China who nominated her for this award.
She was also Managing Director and Head of Corporate and Institutional Bank at HSBC China. Previously, she held senior positions at multinational corporations such as Philips Electronics China Group, as well as at JP Morgan Bank and at Citibank, in Singapore.