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Banking Legend Sir John To Speak At Khazanah Global Lectures
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 16 (Bernama) -- Banking legend, Sir John Bond, is the next speaker at the Khazanah Global Lectures (KGL).
He will speak on the subject of "Development in a Changing World" at the dinner lecture on Oct 21.
Bond, currently chairman of Vodafone, is best known as the former chairman of the HSBC Group, having spent 45 years with it, Khazanah said in a statement Friday.
His belief that a successful company must be seen as a force for good became HSBC's overarching theme of "The World's Local Bank" branding.It anchored the expansion era of the banking group under his chairmanship and was rated among the top 50 most valuable global brands.
According to Khazanah Nasional Berhad's executive director of research and investment strategy, Dr. Nungsari Ahmad Radhi, Bond's rich corporate experience in a rapidly changing global environment would be invaluable for Malaysia as local companies too are looking at new growth models.
Bond, 68, whom many have described as a modest man and a great humanist, had an interesting and adventurous life.
Never having attended university, he had short stints as a deckhand (from which he sailed to Hong Kong on a cargo ship), a disc jockey and a bartender before beginning his career in banking in 1961.
Following assignments in Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and the United States, Bond was appointed chief executive officer (CEO) in 1993, the year HSBC moved its headquarters to London following its purchase of the troubled Midland Bank.
In 1998, he became executive chairman, serving for eight years up to his retirement in 2006 and was appointed Vodafone chairman the same year.
Meanwhile, the KGL, inaugurated in 2007 had seen influential speakers such as former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, founder of Grameen Bank, Professor Muhammad Yunus, former chief economist of the World Bank, Joseph E. Stiglitz, former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the president and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Renault SA, Carlos Ghosn.
The last KGL lecture was by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India, the statement added.