Steve Bertamini


Board Member and CEO responsible for global businesses in Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa. Over 20 years experience in Asia including working in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and China. Prior to joining CDF, led and doubled Al Rajhi Bank’s (ARB) market capitalization to over US$45 billion and profits grew by 65% to USD$3.1 billion from 2015-2019.
Career Highlights
Chief Executive Officer
Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia
Group Executive Director & CEO
Global Consumer Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
Chairman and CEO
General Electric North East Asia
"Our vision is to become a leading financial company in Asia by leveraging innovative solutions and our entrepreneurial spirit. "
Education& Honors
University of North Texas
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Business in Finance and Management

“Most Outstanding Leader in Islamic Finance” (2019)

“Middle East Banker Life Time Award” (2019)

“Banker of the Year” (2018)

Euromoney “Best Bank in Saudi Arabia” (2016-2019)

The Banker “Bank of the Year” Saudi Arabia (2016-2018)

“Asian Banker CEO Leadership Award” (2016-2018)

Key Experiences
Diverse experiences in leading banking institutions worldwide
· Prior to CDF, Steve was the CEO of Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest Islamic bank, in terms of assets and profitability.
· Steve was with Standard Chartered Bank from 2008 to 2014, directly overseeing Global Consumer Banking as CEO and Group Executive Director and a member of the Board. He was responsible for Retail Banking, Wealth Management, SME and Private Banking with operations across 44 countries.
· He was the executive global sponsor for employee volunteering for Standard Chartered from 2010-2013, and became the executive sponsor for diversity and inclusion for 89,000 staff and 127 nationalities.
Two-decade of with General Electric (“GE”) and M&A deals execution experience in Asia-Pacific region
· Steve spent 22 years with GE, most recently as Chairman and CEO of GE North East Asia and became a GE officer in 2006.
· He was also responsible for GE’s acquisition and merger business in the Asia-Pacific region from 2004 and President of GE Capital Asia from 2001 to 2008.
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