17 June 2018


Awards include Achievement in Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Risk Officer of the Year


Kuala Lumpur - CIMB Group Holdings Berhad (“CIMB” or “the Group”) was recently awarded with Achievement in Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Risk Officer of the Year (for David Richard Thomas) at The Asian Banker Risk Management Awards 2018, and The Asian Banker Risk Leadership Achievement Awards 2018 respectively. The Asian Banker Risk Management Awards are designed to identify emerging best practices and outstanding achievements of the best run risk management teams in financial institutions.


Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB Group said, “We are honoured to have received these awards by The Asian Banker and proud to have David Richard Thomas win the Chief Risk Officer 2018 title. These awards are testament to CIMB's strong risk governance, leadership and ongoing commitment in adopting risk management best practices across our businesses and operations in ASEAN. Our robust risk management system has played a significant role in setting CIMB Group on the path of sustainable growth, which will, in turn, provide greater long-term value to all our stakeholders.” 


CIMB has employed the Enterprise-Wide Risk Management Framework (EWRM) as a standardised approach to effectively manage its risks and opportunities. EWRM provides an overview of each identified risk to promote clear and accountable risk management processes and facilitates readiness and compliance to regulatory requirements. Under CIMB’s EWRM, business units have increased their accountability for risk taking activities which is in line with the Group’s three-lines-of-defence philosophy for risk management.


The Chief Risk Officer of the Year recognised David Richard Thomas’ leadership, which has successfully aligned CIMB's strategy and business plans with its risk appetite. Thomas spearheaded a number of instrumental projects to strengthen the risk management framework and processes within CIMB Group, which include the capital and risk-weighted assets optimisation projectthe risk adjusted return on capital project and the early warning indicator process. Under Thomas’ leadership, CIMB Group has also recalibrated and evolved its forward-looking risk profile effectively. His other contributions include the introduction of an annual risk posture workshop with the board, to highlight the importance of linking risk to strategy and capital.

David Richard Thomas, Group Chief Risk Officer, CIMB Group (centre) at The Asian Banker Risk Leadership Achievement Awards 2018 ceremony, accompanied by (L-R) Bill Chua, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker; Rona Morgan, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker; Alain Chevalier, Chairman of The Future of Finance Summit and Leadership Achievement Awards Advisory Council; and Paul Chow, former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchange and member of The Asian Banker Leadership Achievement Advisory Council. Photo Credit: The Asian Banker