A Corporate Real Estate (CRE) professional with more than 20 years of experience, Erwin Chong is the head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration in DBS Bank Limited, managing 4.1 million square feet of retail branches, electronic banking lobbies, and offices around the world. His past experiences include leading regional CRE teams in Citibank, and has a background of global expertise across all CRE key functions, spanning across client occupier services and consultancy roles. After a term of appointment as the Chair of the Corenet Global Singapore Chapter in 2016, he became the first from a Singapore company to serve on the Board of CoreNet Global, the leading global association for the corporate real estate profession.
In DBS’s transformation journey to achieve Global
Finance’s Best Bank in the World 2018 and The Banker’s Global Bank of
the Year 2018, Erwin led his regional team to re-think the role of spaces
and its impact on customers and employees. This resulted in unconventional
designs for retail branches, and a workplace transformation programme called Joyspace,
which revolutionised close to 500,000 square feet of office spaces in
Singapore, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Dubai; changing the way employees
work and behave in spaces. Marking another first, Erwin pioneered the
installation of 1,200 solar panels in DBS – the largest of its kind amongst any
Singapore banks in 2017 – tying in with DBS’s commitment to RE100; a global
renewable initiative in which DBS is the first Asian bank and first Singapore
company to get onboard.