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Bobby Byun – South Korea

Bobby Byun – South Korea

Bobby Byun

Senior Vice President, Head of Sales
Institutional Sales (Forex and Derivatives)

Dept. Name
Seoul Treasury Office, Global Markets Coordination Department
Entity — Country
Mizuho Bank — South Korea
Area(s) of Expertise/Experience
Forex, Fixed Income, Credit and Structured Derivatives Products
Active in Industry Since
1998
At Mizuho Since
2014
Undergraduate and/or Graduate School and/or Professional Qualifications
BA Yonsei University (Economics)
MA Yonsei University (Finance & International Business)

"There are many financial institutions or banks that do similar business, but nobody treats people better than Mizuho. This is something we cherish every day at Mizuho."

What do you do at Mizuho?

I am responsible for managing treasury forex and derivatives sales.

What has been your proudest moment/most rewarding experience while working at Mizuho?

Seeing our treasury deal ranking soar up into the top upper tier in the Korean market league table in 2016.

What do you do for fun outside work?

I enjoy fishing, hiking and going to sports bars to watch various sports games with friends.

How would you describe Mizuho's corporate culture and people?

The corporate culture is very much client–focused, which makes our business relationships with our customers very strong. People here are also very proactive and enthusiastic about their job.

What is the first thing you read every day (and why)?

Bloomberg—to check overnight market developments.

How is Mizuho different from other places where you have worked?

There are many financial institutions or banks that do similar business, but nobody treats people better than Mizuho. This is something we cherish every day at Mizuho.

What skill or competency do you feel you have enhanced while at Mizuho?

I have learned how to organize businesses and how to better network with people at Mizuho and I am greatly thankful for that.

What is the most important thing you have learned while at Mizuho or in the industry?

Credibility and Trust. These are the most important virtues to live by in this world.

What is a topic or issue outside of financial services that interests you?

Outer space and American football.

Tell us about something you have learned from another culture.

I spent my entire boyhood in American Samoa, in the South Pacific. Since then I have worked in four different countries (Korea, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong). Understanding cultural diversity is key to succeeding in this age of borderless international business.