Managing Executive Officer & Co-Head of the Asia Pacific Division
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Mr Rajeev Kannan is the Managing Executive Officer and Co-Head of the Asia Pacific Division Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) based in Singapore.
Mr Kannan’s banking career spans over 27 years where he held various leadership roles in Asia with global, regional and product responsibilities – including in corporate and investment banking, structured finance, principal investments and infrastructure and energy finance. Part of his deep experience includes a four-year appointment in the Global Structured Finance business at SMBC’s Tokyo Head Office. Prior to his current role, Mr Kannan most recently served as the Deputy Head of Asia Pacific Division and General Manager, Corporate Banking, Asia Pacific Division at SMBC.
He sits on the Board for Clifford Capital Group of companies, Pierfront Capital Pte Ltd, Fullerton India Credit Company Limited and ESR Cayman Limited. As a passionate advocate for sustainability and green finance, he also serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Singapore Green Finance Centre as well as ASEAN Hub Steering Group Member for Sustainable Development Investment Partnership, a joint initiative of OECD and World Economic Forum.
Mr Kannan holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science and was conferred the Singapore Institute of Banking and Finance Distinguished Fellow Award in 2019.