1/04/2012

Waking up Rip Van Winkles

After reading the article on Piyush Gupta, I have to take back my words on foreign talents running local enterprises. He went in and found a rotten apple that still looked good from the outside. ‘He was aghast that a bank of the standing of DBS lacked the very basic and fundamental processes required of it.’ And DBS head hunted some of the best finance talents across the world to be in such a state. Don’t they have any talents working in the bank to avoid the mess? ‘…a lot of processes and systems which you would expect a large, professional organization like DBS to already have established and ingrained were not in place, said Mr Gupta…’

The bank did not know which customers were profitable, which branch were profitable, and the operations in every country, the platform and processes, were different and many many more things needed to be straightened up. You need to read the full text in the article in today’s ST to appreciate the problems he inherited. Does it mean the bank was sleeping all these years?

Two years on the job, ‘the bank’s management now understands the credit risk and market risk better,(unbelievable)…and also has much more standardized processes across all its markets.’ And he had done more, and the bank is now more confident of the stability of the overall banking operation at this stage.

Thank God that they brought in Gupta in time. Wonder what would be the state of health of the bank if it continues with the status quo. This is a foreign talent that came in to shake everybody up, wake up, wake up. No wonder they could not find a local to fill the top post.

They had a few foreign talents before, and I think all with credentials from the Ivy leagues of American fame. What is different about Gupta is that he needed not be from the American cohorts. He graduated from Delhi University and got a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Now I understand why the Americans are forming a beeline to India to recruit their banking talents. And our mistake is obvious.
Instead of going to India, we went to America. DBS is fortunate to go to America through Citibank to find its talent from India. It was quite like an accidental discovery of America by Columbus.

Hope the Singapore govt knows where to get their foreign financial talents from to achieve its ambitious plan of turning the island into a premier financial hub. Wall Street talents and those from American Ivy League are no longer in vogue. They actually messed up the American financial system and nearly brought the down the rest of the world with them.

11 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

The best B schools these days are in India and Hong Kong. Asian capitalism is still "old school " ie meritocracy based, hard work, thrift and fierce competition.

Western capitalism is all about lobbying, cronyism, protection, tarrifs, government corporate welfare, intellectual property warfare, law suits, trade wars, militarism and alot more messy shit.

Regulation on capitalism is INCREASING in the west, but DECREASING in Asia and otber new "free markets" like eastern Europe, Africa and South America.

Western societies run huge welfare states which has made them UNCOMPETITIVE compared to the new free market players. And their B schools reflect this by teaching bullshit like "social justice " instead of focusing on making money in an on-going competitive theatre of war.

"Business is war" - von Clausewitz

Let the best person get the job -- regardless of their race, education or culture. In the meritocracy of a capitalist system what you do eventually determines who you become. No action, no result

Smarty_Pants_MS said...

MS , question. Hole Jinx is the best person to be CEO at Temasick ??? Meritocracy at its best ?

Anonymous said...

Whore Jinnx versus FT Gupta , who would have done a better Job heading the sickly Temasick ?

Anonymous said...

the ceo of dbs bank has already taken up Singapore citizenship.

Anonymous said...

Good , that another newly absorbed sucker who is contributing to our Tax, I mean CPF

Matilah_Singapura said...

@Smarty Pants MS

Temasek is the (arbitrary) entity which manages Singapore's Sovereign Wealth Fund. Government "meritocracy" is not free market meritocracy. It is important to qualify the context. I'm only interested in free market meritocracy. Government meritocracy is only good for entertainment :-) at the people's expense. :-)))

Government meritocracy uses anyone for any reason -- friends, family, deal making with an enemy, puppet... no holds barred, anything goes. I don't have a problem with that. Too many people have neurotic hangups about corruption. Relax lah brudder, corruption is not that bad. ;-)

As far as I'm concerned, the government is legally entitled to do whatever the fuck it likes for whatever reason it conjures up -- until someone is crazy but righteous enough to challenge the government in court.

So yeah. Ho Ching deserves to be CEO.

Problem?

Smarty_Pants_MS said...

Comprende , brudder.

Anonymous said...

are you sure that you believed what is written in the ST. Maybe just "polishing" his creditinals. Look at the banks in US run by Indians.

Anonymous said...

Instant family member. Just get the guy to marry the mother or daughter and become a member of the family. No more outsider.

Instant tree!

Anonymous said...

Now, can't ensure safety of our bank accounts. POSB/DBS latest cock-up .

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