Women in finance: Helen Wong

HSBC's chief executive for Greater China helped establish the lender as the largest foreign bank on the mainland.
Helen Wong
Helen Wong

Helen Wong became HSBC's chief executive for Greater China in March, having joined HSBC in 1992 and worked her way up steadily through the ranks. Wong has 30 years’ banking experience in the Greater China and Asia-Pacific region.

In 2009 Wong was appointed deputy chief executive officer of HSBC China and was appointed its president and CEO in 2010.

During her posting in China she led the expansion of the British bank’s mainland Chinese business, establishing HSBC as the largest foreign bank in China and played a key role in positioning HSBC at the vanguard of foreign banks in the internationalisation of the renminbi.

Wong was appointed a group general manager in January 2011 and became deputy chairman of HSBC China in January 2013.

Wong is also an active advocate for the industry and has been chairman of Hong Kong Association of Banks since March. She is also a member of Currency Board Sub-Committee of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee and Council Member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Wong is also well placed to be an advocate for HSBC in China given her membership of the 12th Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

FinanceAsia’s 2015 honour roll of the most influential women across the Asia Pacific region spans investment and commercial bankers.

Published as a feature in the July / August 2015 print edition of FinanceAsia, the series also presents leading women in new areas of finance such as fintech where Asian companies are among the fastest-growing in the world.

We also canvassed corporate financiers for exceptional women working in deal advisory including lawyers and accountants. In the process of researching the series, we found evidence of progress in creating more diverse workplaces in the region.

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