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GAUTAM BANERJEE '73

Chairman of Blackstone Singapore and Co-Chairman of the Blackstone Asia Operating Committee
Former Executive Chairman, PwC Singapore

 

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore, Gautam Banerjee spent 30 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Singapore, India and East Asia.  He was named partner at PwC Singapore in 1989, Executive Chairman in 2004 and he retired in December 2012.

Currently Gautam serves as Chairman of Blackstone Singapore and co-Chairman of the Blackstone Asia Operating Committee.  He is a Vice Chair of the Singapore Business Federation and a Board member of the Singapore Airlines Limited, Piramal Enterprises Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and GIC Private Limited.  He is also a member of the Yale-NUS College Governing Board, Advisory Board of Nanyang Business School and the Singapore Legal Service Commission and a term trustee of Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).

 

He has been a member of the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Companies Act Reform Steering Committee.  He has served as a Director of the Singapore Arts School Ltd.  He has been a member of the Straits Trading Company Limited, APEC Business Advisory Council and the National Heritage Board.  He was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009 and was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Singapore Government in 2014. 

 

When asked if UWCSEA has had a lasting influence on him, Gautam says, “When I arrived, I was the only person from India in my class. I studied with German, Dutch, Australian, British and Malaysian students - it was my first exposure to an international environment. It made me embrace change and be more adventurous. I developed an attitude of go ahead and do it and then work it out.”

 

Gautam has a BSc (Hons) in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the same university in 2014.  He and his wife have two children who have both also graduated from UWCSEA

 

(Updated February 2017)

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