Datuk Seri Tay Ah Lek
THROUGHOUT my career in Public Bank Bhd, I have had many opportunities to work closely with Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow.
Working with him at such close quarters, I constantly marvelled at the enriching breadth of experience that he had acquired from the “University of Life”.
Tan Sri is a strong believer in using the best talents available to him and asks his staff to have passion in their work.
To the staff of Public Bank, he is a leader and a guru in many aspects of our business. Tan Sri always inspires us to achieve greater heights of success.
Thus, when a new role was accorded to me – that of managing director – I was overwhelmed by a myriad of emotions. It would not be easy to emulate Tan Sri.
However, I had the assurance that I would be mentored by the grand master himself. Over the years, he has been a great coach and sifu.
He never fails to amaze me with his innate business acumen, his ability to read the market well and his financial mastery.
He is able to anticipate opportunities and challenges, a trait that stands him in good stead in ensuring sustained profitable growth for the bank.
With Tan Sri, you have to be on your toes at all times. The way he integrates and synthesises – you had better have all the facts at your finger tips before meeting him.
His questions, though mildly put forth, can cause a gush of adrenalin as you try to give appropriate answers.
Tan Sri still displays a mental agility that would put many a younger man to shame – his mind a gymnasium of thoughts at a pace surprising for a man in his 70s.
He is in touch with the times, giving recognition to the need to innovate. He has an enduring style.
In likening Tan Sri to the animal sign of his birth year, it is without a doubt that he is a thoroughbred.
If I may put it succinctly, working for Tan Sri is hard work and head work, yet always with heart work!
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