November 27, 2019

Citi Partners with Treasury Today Asia's Top Treasury Team for Fourth Consecutive Year

Citi client Agilent Technologies Singapore was named Top Treasury Team 2019 by Treasury Today Asia in its annual Adam Smith Awards; fourth consecutive year that a Citi client has been selected as Top Treasury Team in the annual awards program.

Hong Kong - Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions Asia Pacific has been recognized for its role in partnering with clients for excellence in Treasury Today’s Adam Smith Awards Asia 2019, with Citi client Agilent Technologies Singapore named Top Treasury Team 2019. This is the fourth consecutive year that Citi has partnered clients recognized as Top Treasury Team in the annual awards program.

Agilent’s Treasury team was credited with the transformation of the company’s business model, driving progress in its acquisition and strategic growth plans in the region. Now in its sixth year, the Adam Smith Awards program is recognized as the industry benchmark for corporate best practice, with categories tailored to honor corporates across the Asia Pacific region for their strategies and achievements.

The Top Treasury Team award is one of the most coveted wins in the awards program. A total of 300 nominations were submitted for the awards this year.

In addition to Agilent, Citi also partnered with clients recognized as winners across a number of different categories – Olam International for Best Working Capital Management and Best Funding Solution, and Mondelez International AMEA which was given the Judges’ Choice Award. A total of six additional clients were recognized as Highly Commended across various categories.

Asia Pacific Corporate and Public Sector Sales Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions, Citi, Ernesto Pittaluga said, “We are proud to be partnering with our clients in Asia Pacific, helping them to achieve their business goals and treasury priorities. It is clear that the role of treasury teams is evolving to be more than a driver of efficiencies. Treasury teams are becoming a strategic enabler for their businesses, contributing to decision-making and influencing the direction and evolution of business models in the digital economy. Supporting this transition, Citi continues to make strategic investments to expand our capabilities for our clients, helping them stay ahead in the face of disruption across their industries. ”

Sally Shung, Assistant Treasurer, Agilent Technologies Singapore said, “Our Singapore treasury team has continued to extend the scope, complexity and geographic reach of our activities across both Asia and Europe. This has included taking responsibility for functions that were previously managed in the Corporate office, such as FX and insurance, with demonstrable benefits. Our ultimate objective has been to create a more dynamic and robust treasury team who can partner with the business to support their expansion strategies, enabled through engagement with our key bank. To achieve this objective, and overcome the enormous challenges presented by the continuous expansion of our responsibilities, our team members have embraced the opportunity to develop new skills and approaches, and to explore and realize the potential of leading-edge technology and bank solutions. It has been a pre-requisite to have an equally open-minded and dynamic banking partner in this journey and we are very happy with our continuing partnership with Citi.”

Citi’s Treasury and Trade Solution business in Asia Pacific has introduced a number of innovative solutions for clients including Digital Onboarding, enabling clients to open new and/or additional accounts in as quickly as two days. The business also introduced biometric authentication for institutional clients and launched Citi’s Payment Outlier Detection solution in 90 countries worldwide. The proprietary tool leverages Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to proactively identity outlier payments via Citi’s institutional electronic banking platforms.

Also using Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning, Citi partnered with HighRadius Corporation to launch Citi® Smart Match, an automated reconciliation solution to increase the efficiency of the cash application process of matching open invoices to payments received for corporate clients. Using institutional APIs, Citi also continues to enable clients to access a growing number of Citi solutions more seamlessly. Citi Connect®, the bank’s API connectivity platform has processed over 157 million API calls until August 2019, the majority of which were from companies in Asia Pacific and Europe.

Photo caption: ‎Sally Shung, Assistant Treasurer, Agilent Technologies Singapore (fourth right) and the Agilent team with Citibankers (from 3rd right to right) Saurabh Gupta, Asia Pacific Treasury and Trade Solutions Consumer & Healthcare Sales Head; Parag Bidarkar, Vice President, Asia Pacific Treasury and Trade Solutions Regional Solutions Sales, and Arvind Agarwal, Global Subsidiaries Group Senior Relationship Manager.