Women in Treasury Singapore Forum 2019 panel group photo

Women in Treasury Singapore Forum 2019

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Our Women in Treasury Singapore Forum 2019 took place on Thursday 11th April at the prestigious Four Seasons hotel from 12 noon to 4:30pm. This highly popular annual industry event is firmly established in the diaries of women and men across the Asia Pacific region and was attended by over 120 people from all sectors of the industry.

The Forum opened at noon with a lively pre-lunch welcome reception which included a short presentation by Meg Coates, Joint Publisher & Head of Operations, Treasury Today Group, summarising the broad findings of our Women in Treasury Global Study 2018, proudly supported by State Street Global Advisors. This was followed by a three course lunch in the sumptuous Crescent Ballroom, during which the panel discussion took place on stage with our leading industry speakers. The dynamic and insightful debate was moderated by Sophie Jackson, Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content, Treasury Today Group and featured our superb line up of influential panellists:

  • Catherine Yu, VP Regional Controller, Herbalife Nutrition

  • Lay Perk Toh, Corporate Treasurer, Kulicke & Soffa

  • Yeng Butler, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Cash Business, State Street Global Advisors

  • Jason Horn, Head of the Asia Pacific Cash & Short Duration Liquidity Business, BlackRock

The candid and thought provoking discussion explored the views of the panel on some of the issues highlighted by the respondents of the study and the ongoing challenges to the progress of diversity in our industry, as well as practical career tips and motivational messages for both women and men working in the treasury function today.

Following the panel discussion, an enthusiastic open question and answer session took place, with many members of the audience taking the opportunity to share their own experiences and seek advice from the panel.

Singapore 2019 panellists

Catherine Yu, VP Regional Controller APAC & China, Herbalife Nutrition

Catherine Yu

VP Regional Controller APAC & China: Herbalife Nutrition

Adam Smith Awards Asia 2018 Overall Winner – Woman of the Year

Catherine Yu is the Vice President, Regional Controller, APAC & China of Herbalife Nutrition. Prior to Herbalife, she worked in PwC, followed by various finance leadership roles in Merck & Co. Inc. and British Telecom. Catherine is an active coach, mentor and volunteer for students and accountants to support their professional development. She is a FCCA and HKICPA with a MBA from Manchester Business School.

Lay Perk Toh, Corporate Treasurer, Kulicke & Soffa

Lay Perk Toh

Corporate Treasurer: Kulicke & Soffa

Adam Smith Awards Asia 2018 Highly Commended Winner – Woman of the Year

Lay Perk Toh is the Corporate Treasurer at Kulicke & Soffa, a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and electronic assembly solutions headquartered in Singapore. Prior to that, Lay Perk has held various roles with increasing responsibilities including treasury, enterprise risk management, corporate finance and audit with multinationals and financial firms. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy. She is a Certified Risk Management Professional and a Certified Public Accountant.

Yeng Butler, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Cash Business, State Street Global Advisors

Yeng Butler

Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Cash Business: State Street Global Advisors

Yeng Butler is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Cash Business at State Street Global Advisors. Joining the firm in 2010 as Head of US Cash, Yeng shaped the vision for the business and delivered expanded market share. She built a global sales team, ensuring a seamless client experience to State Street Global Advisors’ institutional and multinational corporate cash clients. Yeng earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University. Yeng also holds FINRA Series 6, 7 and 63 licenses.

Jason Horn, Head of the Asia Pacific Cash & Short Duration Liquidity Business, BlackRock

Jason Horn

Head of the Asia Pacific Cash & Short Duration Liquidity Business: BlackRock

Jason Horn was based in London and responsible for the distribution of BlackRock’s short duration cash products focused on financial institution clients, prior to his relocation to Hong Kong. He joined BlackRock in 2016 as part of the Bank of America Capital Management (BofACM) acquisition by BlackRock. Prior to joining BlackRock, he spent three years as the Head of the BofACM Institutional sales business and two years working as a fixed income advisor within the BofA Corporate & Investment Bank. Jason has also held front office roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland and at American Express (UK & Australia).

Florence Tan, Head, Treasury, APAC, M+W Group

Sophie Jackson

Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content: Treasury Today Group

Moderator

Sophie Jackson is Joint Publisher & Head of Strategic Content at Treasury Today Group and has 12 years experience in publishing. She began her career in a role in cultural publishing at the Dazed Group, coordinating both editorial content and creative partnerships in Europe and the US. After moving to Tokyo in late 2010, Sophie headed up the launch of Treasury Today Asia in 2012. This was followed by a move to Hong Kong in 2014. Treasury Today Asia is now read by 65,000 corporates across Asia-Pacific and our Adam Smith Awards Asia are in their sixth year. Sophie has been an integral force behind our global Women in Treasury initiative and is a passionate proponent of diversity and inclusion. She is a UCL graduate who studied in Paris and London.

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