Two Senior Credit Suisse Bankers in Asia Said to Leave Firm

  • Donald Lee and George Chow said to be leaving Swiss bank
  • Credit Suisse recently cut jobs at its Asia equities unit

Two senior Credit Suisse Group AG executives are leaving the firm in Asia, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Donald Lee is departing as co-head of cash equities for the Asia-Pacific region, and George Chow is leaving his role as co-head of investment-banking and capital markets for Greater China, the people said, requesting anonymity discussing private information. Chow is joining a Chinese company as a senior executive, one person said.

Lee declined to comment. Chow didn’t immediately answer a phone call. A Hong Kong-based spokeswoman at the bank declined to comment.

The departure of Lee follows Credit Suisse’s decision to cut at least half a dozen equities jobs in Hong Kong and Tokyo, including Matt Pecot, head of prime services for the Asia-Pacific region, and Jamie White, a Hong Kong-based director for sales trading.

Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam is under pressure to deepen cost reductions as he pursues a plan to downsize the investment bank in favor of wealth management, where he sees the best potential for growth. The bank announced in December it will cut an additional 1 billion Swiss francs ($1 billion) in costs after lowering profit targets for its Asian division and for the international wealth-management operation.

Lee was formerly at Morgan Stanley and joined Credit Suisse in June 2000, according to his LinkedIn profile. In addition to his cash equities position, he is Credit Suisse’s head of client trading and execution for the Asia-Pacific region.

Zeth Hung will become sole head of investment banking and capital markets for Greater China after Chow’s departure, one of the people said.

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