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Synpulse Strengthens APAC Footprint


Synpulse Strengthens its APAC footprint with the hire of Senior Advisor

Synpulse, an internationally established management consulting company, is strengthening its North Asian management team with the hire of an expert from the private banking and investment management industry. Michael Benz has been appointed as Senior Advisor in Hong Kong.

«Michael’s appointment is timely as Synpulse reaches its critical size of 100 consultants in Hong Kong and Singapore. His breadth of expertise and experience in Wealth Management will support our next level of growth and regional expansion. » states Yves Roesti, Partner APAC.

Michael’s career spans over twenty years in Private Banking, Asset Management and Treasury. Most recently, he spent a year advising various FinTech ventures and digital business transformations. Until end of 2015, Michael was Global Head of Private Banking in Standard Chartered Bank. Under his leadership, Private Banking was established as one of four independent client businesses with a strategy focussing on entrepreneurs in Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Before joining SCB, Michael was the Asia Pacific CEO of BOA / Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. He was instrumental to the successful sale and integration of the business from Merrill Lynch into Julius Baer where he was later appointed Chairman for Asia in 2013. Between 2003 and 2010 Michael acted as Regional Head of Products & Services in UBS Wealth Management, leading the build-up of their product platform across investments, financing and wealth planning in Asia Pacific. Prior to that he held various regional roles in UBS Asset Management and Treasury. He holds a Master’s degree in Business from St. Gallen Business School and a PhD in Financial Economics from University of St. Gallen. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife and three children.

«Michael brings along a wealth of experience from growth, turn around as well as M&A situations. He will help our team to to significantly grow our footprint in the Private Banking, Wealth and Investment Management business in North-Asia and increase our regional brand awareness. » says Salomon Wettstein, Managing Director of Synpulse Hong Kong.

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