Our Leadership

In an environment that's as complex as Asia, you can always be assured that there's a complete team of experts here for you.

 

Sim S Lim

If there’s one thing clients agree about Sim, it’s that he’s always candid. He sums up his ethos in just two words: truth and logic. An approach that yields conclusions that are consistently consistent. And one that has served him well for over 35 years, banking across Asia, North America and the Middle East.

Today, Sim is responsible for DBS’ Consumer Banking and Wealth Management business, and was DBS' first country head for 8 years, delivering greater synergy and value across the bank in Singapore.

Before joining DBS, Sim was President and CEO of Nikko Citigroup, where he also oversaw corporate & investment banking, institutional brokerage and fixed income & equity trading in Japan as a board member of Nikko Citi Holdings.

In 2007/2008, he was Citigroup Country Officer, and Chairman of Citibank in Hong Kong, developing the strategy for Hong Kong’s markets and banking franchise, and supporting the consumer and wealth management businesses.

Prior to that, Sim was Regional Head of Emerging Markets Sales and Trading for the Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. He was responsible for foreign exchange, local currency derivatives & money markets, fixed income trading & origination in 13 markets. During this period, he was also the non-executive Chairman of Citibank in Malaysia.

Presently, Sim is Chairman of DBS Vickers Securities Holdings. He sits on the board of Nikko Asset Management in Japan, as well as the Building and Construction Authority, and ST Engineering. He also serves as Singapore's High Commissioner (Non-Resident) to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A Japanese government Monbusho scholar, Sim graduated with his Bachelor's in BA from Yokohama National University, Japan in 1983.

 

Hou Wey Fook

As the Chief Investment Officer, Hou Wey Fook invests the way he golfs – every shot carefully calculated for risk and reward. It's a discipline he attributes to his training as an engineer, which means listening to the math even if it goes against human nature.

Wey Fook joined DBS in September 2017, and is responsible for investment strategies in DBS, which include global strategic and tactical asset allocations for our clients.

With over 30 years of fund management experience, Wey Fook was most recently at Bank of Singapore where he held various senior management roles, including Chief Investment Officer, and Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM) and Funds.

Starting his career at Government of Singapore Investment Corp (GIC), Wey Fook joined OCBC Asset Management, and subsequently ING Asia Private Bank (later renamed Bank of Singapore). He holds a B.E. from the National University of Singapore, and is also a CFA charter holder.

 

Joseph Poon

Managing Director and Group Head of DBS Private Bank, Joseph Poon starts his day at 4am, training for marathons. He sees the parallel between running a race and running the Private Bank business in the consistency and discipline needed for both.

Joseph is also Head of DBS Treasures Private Client in Singapore and Hong Kong, a responsibility he took up to after his role as Region Head of Southeast Asia.

He brings to DBS over 20 years of banking experience, most recently from his role in UBS. As Southeast Asia Head of the Ultra High Net Worth segment and Head of Global Family Office, Southeast Asia, he drove the strategic growth for UBS' highest valued clients by delivering bespoke solutions across the bank's Investment Banking, Asset Management and Wealth Management segments.

At Julius Baer, he was the Head of Co-Investments & Private Equity and a member of the Asia Management Committee. Before that, Joseph was the Asia Head of Macquarie's Private Wealth business, which he had established. Prior to that, he led JPMorgan Private Bank, Southeast Asia.

Joseph holds a B.C.A. and a B.A. from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a CFA charter holder and a board member of the CFA Association Singapore for 16 years.

 

V Arivazhagan

Clarity of thought and perfection in execution defines Ari’s style.

In the complex operations of a multi-market and highly-regulated world, this clarity and discipline in Wealth Management practices ensures our operations work smoothly and seamlessly for our clients. As Chief Operating Officer, he most recently led the acquisition and integration of Société Générale private banking business in Singapore and Hong Kong, and ANZ’s wealth and retail banking across 5 countries.

Beginning his career with DBS Bank in 1998 advising on Treasury and Markets solutions, Ari quickly progressed to a leadership role in DBS Private Bank in Hong Kong, before returning to Singapore as Head of Regional Investment and Treasury Products.

Ari holds a BA in Business Administration from National University of Singapore and an MBA from London Business School.

 

Peter Tung

Peter thinks different. Inspired in part by mentors he's encountered over the decades, Peter believes there's no single solution to a challenge. Instead, he looks beneath the surface to find answers which aren't always expected.

He also looks beneath the surface of a very different world – the ocean. His fascination with marine life reflects his view of wealth, that it should be managed for the long term. So while he focuses on the future, Peter doesn't hesitate to offer an alternative response to stormy seas – including the idea of not investing till times improve. And in his 26-year banking career, his unconventional take is well-appreciated by clients who embrace varied attitudes and approaches to investing.

Peter spent over 17 years with Morgan Stanley Asia Private Wealth Management. He was also Head of the Ultra High Net Worth Greater China business at UBS Wealth Management for over four years.

Prior to his DBS role managing and developing private banking relationships in Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China and Taiwan, Peter was a Partner at Venturous Capital, a family office specialising in smart city technology investments.

Peter holds a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Finance from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Daryl Wong

Circumstances change. Daryl believes it’s his responsibility and duty to ensure clients understand the situation, and have solutions that work for them in the long run.

That’s what Daryl has provided to clients in his 20 years in investment products and advisory. And it’s a principle that guides him as Managing Director and Head of DBS Treasures Private Client.

Daryl was previously Head of Investment Advisory and Treasury Sales of the Consumer Banking Group and Wealth Management at DBS Hong Kong. Prior to joining DBS, Daryl’s career took him from Singapore to Shanghai, and finally to Hong Kong, in investment advisory and investment product management and sales.

Daryl obtained an MBA from The University of Western Australia.

 

Alex Tan

Alex sees many similarities between golf and wealth management. For instance, knowing when to slow down, to get out of the rough before taking the long shot. While keeping an eye on the prize.

It’s a principle he finds more relevant than ever in a changing world, as Head of Investment Products & Advisory for Hong Kong Wealth Management.

In his role, Alex oversees the Hong Kong Investment Product and Advisory teams and the Hong Kong-based Regional Wealth Chief Investment Office (North Asia).

Alex joined DBS Private Bank as a Fixed Income specialist in 2003, progressing to be the Head of Fixed Income, before becoming the Head of Capital Market Products & Execution in 2016.

Prior to DBS, Alex was a senior dealer with a Swiss wealth manager, and before that an equity trader in a local securities firm focusing on trading cash equities for retail and institutional clients.

Alex graduated from National University of Singapore with Bachelor of Arts degree.