SCB 10X, Siam Commercial Bank’s (SCB) arm and holding company of SCB Group, said Thursday it has tapped its Chief Venture and Investment Officer, Mukaya (Tai) Panich to succeed its former CEO Arak Sutivong. Panich will retain her role as CIO on top of her new position as the arm’s chief, SCB 10X said.
SCB10X also said it has promoted its Partner and Head of Strategic Planning, Pailin Vichakul, to Chief Operating Officer.
The appointments are a “testament” to the way in which the investment arm has been conducting itself in the crypto industry which has so far received “very good support” from the bank, Panich told Blockworks in an interview.
As of March 31, 2022 the Bank had Baht 3.3 trillion ($91.2 billion) in total assets as well as Bhat 2.5 trillion ($69.1 billion) in deposits and Baht 2.3 trillion ($63.5 billion) in loans on its books.
Investments in crypto have slowed following a market rout in April resulting from the fall out of Terra’s ecosystem and a liquidity crisis that caught many large lenders off-guard.
“It takes a while for all these types of investments and technologies to come to fruition,” Panich said. “We are not a short-term investor, we are a long-term investor. It will take some time.”
Panich, whose background includes more than 20 years of investing in the technology sectors in Silicon Valley, New York, and Singapore, will lead SCB 10X’s initiatives to invest and build the ecosystem of what it sees as disruptive technologies across Southeast Asia.
Under her stewardship, SCB 10X will continue to grow its team to achieve its “moonshot mission,” the venture arm said.