Our People Meet Christina
Title: Vice President
Business Area: Private Banking and Wealth Management
Location: Hong Kong SAR (China)
Joined Credit Suisse: July 2013
My family are all entrepreneurs, which is what first sparked my own interest in analyzing businesses and investing. I majored in economics at National Taiwan University, and first worked as an investment banking equity analyst covering technology in Asia. After the financial crisis, I went back to school to get my MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
I went through the campus recruiting process, joined Credit Suisse as an intern and then came on as a full-time Associate. The Associate program lasted two-and-a-half years, and during that time I received a great deal of training, including a trip to Zurich, and was eventually promoted to Vice President.
I chose Credit Suisse because of my interest in wealth management in Asia. We have all the resources of a large global company, which means that there are opportunities to learn new things and help the business grow in the Asia Pacific region.
As an Investment Consultant, I help ultra- high- net- worth clients in China make smart investment decisions. There has been tremendous growth in China over the last decade, and many wealthy individuals are just learning what it takes to grow and preserve their wealth.
On most days I work closely with Relationship Managers to make investment recommendations and communicate these ideas to the clients. I also work closely with product specialists who cover specific asset classes. While most of my time is spent being a resource for clients, I also work with my colleagues to develop relationships with new clients.
I am part of a movement to bring wealth management services to Asia, a market that is not yet mature, but has so much potential. I'm really passionate about educating our clients and helping them understand the broader investment universe.
I'm at a stage in my life where I want to put most of my energy into building my career, but I still try to maintain a balance. On the weekends, I take weight-training classes in the morning and go out in evening. I love the outdoors. My friends and I go hiking in the hills and mountains near Hong Kong. In the summer, we take boat trips and go swimming. I like to try the outdoor activities that I haven't done before. I understand my limits and learn how to deal with challenges when I experience new sports, such as sky-diving and snowboarding. I'm also learning how to play golf, but I still have a long way to go.