ING appoints Arthur Zou as Shanghai branch manager
ING continues to strengthen its China coverage with the appointment of Arthur Zou as branch manager of ING Bank Shanghai, effective 1 November 2017.
Arthur will report directly to Aart-Jan den Hartog, country manager Greater China and Mongolia. After being based in Shanghai for two years, Aart-Jan will continue to drive ING’s growth plans for the Greater China region out of Hong Kong.
In Arthur’s dual role as head of MNC China, he will report to Victor Abad, head of Multinational Clients in Asia.
Arthur is an experienced senior banker who has worked for European banks in Europe and China. He has held multiple senior roles at BNP Paribas Fortis and ABN AMRO Bank. Arthur was based in Brussels with BNP Paribas Fortis as head of ALM Risk & Modeling. His most recent position at ABN AMRO was Shanghai branch manager and head of Dutch Corporate Clients. In this role, he spearheaded the re-entry and re-establishment of ABN AMRO’s franchise in China and was also responsible for driving the bank’s corporate banking, trade finance and M&A advisory business.
Arthur holds a Ph.D in applied economics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Aart-Jan den Hartog says: “Our strategic growth focus in China continues to emphasise supporting Chinese businesses looking for outbound expansion. We are delighted to have Arthur on board. His strong cross-cultural management experience will be an asset in expanding our client base in China, and provide a bridge between our Europe and China capabilities.”
Victor Abad adds: “Arthur brings solid experience to ING, especially working with European MNCs in the region, which will be a very important element in the future development of the MNC Asia strategy.”
Commenting on his new role, Arthur Zou says: “The long-term positive economic outlook for China is creating ample opportunities for Chinese businesses to expand globally. ING was named Best Bank in the World by Global Finance this year and Best Global Bank by The Banker in 2016, and is therefore well-placed to support that growth. I look forward to utilising my corporate and banking experience to execute ING’s growth agenda.”