Citi adds two roles in SME banking in Asia

Amit Dhawan, Rodney Lee move into two newly created roles to grow the US bank’s SME and digital banking services.

Citigroup on Tuesday it has named Amit Dhawan as business head of Asia Pacific small and medium sized enterprises (SME) for its commercial bank in Asia Pacific, and Rodney Lee as the Asia commercial bank digitization head, to strengthen the bank’s growing SME banking services in the region.

Dhawan, currently the head of commercial lending management for the commercial bank in Asia, will be tasked with creating growth strategies for Citi’s SME clients.

Support for SMEs and mid-market enterprises across treasury and trade solutions, hedging and capital markets is among the faster growing businesses for Citi in Asia, the company said in the statement.

The new role for Citi will be based in Singapore, and Dhawan will work under Ashish Bajaj, head of commercial banking Asia Pacific.

Lee, currently the head of sales strategy & client experience for the commercial bank in Singapore, will target Citi’s shift towards increasing digitization of the client experience.

Lee will remain in Singapore for this new role.

“Many of our clients are growing fast and with Citi’s global network, we are best placed to help them meet their aspirations,” Bajaj said, “We are confident we are supporting many of the champions of tomorrow from Asia.” 

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