HSBC’s global research unit has appointed Su Sian Lim as Asean economist, the UK-based bank said yesterday. She took up her position in the Singapore office at the end of May.
Lim joins from Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), where she was a senior regional economist providing macroeconomic and policy views on Southeast Asia. She has more than 10 years of experience as a regional economist, having worked at DBS, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi-UFJ and IDEAglobal, covering emerging Asia and Japan.
In her role at HSBC, Lim will have responsibility for macroeconomic research on Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and will work closely with HSBC’s economists, strategists and analysts globally. She replaces Wellian Wiranto, who moved to Barclays’ wealth division as an Asia economist in late December 2011.
Lim reports locally to former IMF veteran Leif Eskesen, chief economist for India and Asean, and functionally to Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economic research.
“[Lim] brings a wealth of experience to HSBC, with a strong understanding of the Asian macroeconomic landscape and comprehensive experience in producing in-depth country and regional analysis. As Asia is a core market for HSBC, [she] will be a valuable asset to global research which provides insight to our global clients into international, regional and domestic economic trends affecting Asian markets,” said Neumann.
Lim’s appointment follows a raft of new hires by HSBC’s research department in recent months. These include Jenny Cosgrove as the regional head of utilities and alternative energy research, Asia-Pacific, who was also snapped from RBS.