Datuk Yvonne Chia is a senior Fellow Chartered Banker, Senior Director and Mentor. Currently, she is a non-executive Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia, and an independent director of several listed companies and the Nottingham Asia Advisory Board. She was the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Hong Leong Banking Group from 2003 to 2013 and RHB Banking Group from 1996 to 2002.
A keen promoter of education, talent and personal development, Datuk Yvonne sees education and personal development as tools for women empowerment to enable financial literacy and financial independence. She is particularly admired for her agility to move with the changing times, her grounded style of walking the talk, showing the way in the language of the audience of seniors, young and millennial and the local communities she served. She sees her personal career success has set a path for women and girls to realise their full potential and economic worth through advocating opportunities that explore their potential choices be it in finance and other sectors.
Datuk Yvonne was credited by Forbes Asia as one of the top 50 Businesswomen in the Mix in 2013. In August 2014, she was also appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Nottingham.