All articles by Titien Ahmed

Titien Ahmed

Up for the challenge

Titien Ahmed talks to Owen Belman, head of consumer banking for Standard Chartered Hong Kong, the banks largest and most profitable consumer banking business He tells her he is optimistic about future growth in the country, with plans to expand its branch network and relaunch its online platform Standard Chartered, the winner of RBIs 2007 Best Retail Bank-Asia (see RBI 589), posted record pre-tax profits of $4.04 billion for 2007, up 27 percent compared with 2006, with the banks retail arm delivering a 25 percent increase in pre-tax profit for the year to $1.67 billion

Generally electric about Thailand

Titien Ahmed spoke to Roy Gunara, the GE Money-appointed head of consumer banking at Bank of Ayudhya, Thailands fifth-largest retail bank, about his banks ambitious plans to grow its market share The aim is to be seen as the countrys most admired universal bank though it faces tough competition Even with the engine of GE Money running at full speed inside it, Bank of Ayudhya, Thailands fifth-largest retail bank, faces a tough time in its attempt to become the countrys fourth or third largest player over the next few years.

ICICI hits India with iMobile

Indias largest private sector bank, ICICI, has launched a mobile banking service called iMobile The product allows customers to conduct a wide range of transactions via a mobile phone such as fund transfers and bill payment for free