Mr Gautam Banerjee

Chairman, Blackstone Singapore

Mr Gautam Banerjee is a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Group and a member of the International Advisory panel. He is also Chairman of Blackstone Singapore.

Mr Banerjee was the Executive Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Singapore for 9 years until his retirement on 31 December 2012. He was also the Chief Operating Officer for PwC Eastern Cluster, which includes China, Australia, Japan, Korea and South East Asia and a member of the global firm’s Strategy Council. Gautam served as the interim Chairman of PwC India in 2009/2010.

Mr Banerjee joined PwC Singapore in April 1982 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London and was admitted to the partnership on 1 July 1989. He has led various business units in the firm, including its largest business unit, the Assurance practice. Mr Banerjee was elected Executive Chairman of PwC Singapore with effect from 1 January 2004.

During his 30 years with the firm, he has been responsible for some of its largest clients such as Temasek and Singapore Telecom. He has also contributed significantly to the development of PwC Singapore from a predominantly audit and tax practice to a multidisciplinary professional services firm with capabilities in Risk Management, Corporate Finance and other business advisory services in Banking and Capital Markets, Telecommunications and Technology.

Mr Banerjee is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Accounting and Financial Analysis from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Mr Banerjee’s current roles include serving as Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and serving on the Boards of the Economic Development Board, the APEC Business Advisory Council and the Yale-NUS College. He has served on the Corporate Governance Council of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Companies Act Reform Steering Committee.

Mr Banerjee was a Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore from 2007 to 2009. He served as a member of the Economic Strategies Committee chaired by the Finance Minister of Singapore from 2009/2010.

Mr Banerjee retired from PwC on 31 December 2012 on reaching the mandatory retirement age of 58. He has joined the Boards of Singapore Airlines Limited, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation Pte Ltd and The Straits Trading Company Limited as Non-Executive Independent Director on 1 January 2013.