Gary Lai

Gary Lai

Chief Executive Officer, APAC

Gary joined Charterhouse in 2011, with the remit to oversee day-to-day operations and to grow the business within Asia.

After graduating from the University of Manchester with an honours degree in Finance, Gary began his career in Citibank within its Technology and Operations division. He later moved to the Singapore Exchange (SGX) as a Senior Associate within its Strategy and Business Development division. There, he was responsible for corporate finance and alliance strategies, as well as the structuring of derivatives products. Amongst his achievements at SGX, Gary played a key role in terms of formulating policies for the Securities and Futures Regulation in relation to clearing facilities.

Gary subsequently joined a global executive search firm, as a banking consultant. There, he was instrumental in starting up a dedicated Front Office Financial Services division. He was quickly given responsibility to also manage the HR division, and spent a one-year stint in Shanghai where he led both the Financial Services and Commerce Finance practices. 

Gary is an avid sports person and enjoys playing football and all forms of racket games. He also loves travelling with his family, and aims to visit a different country every year. Gary is a dedicated husband and father.