United Overseas Bank
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(Public limited company)
|Traded as||SGX: U11
OTC Pink: UOVEY
|Industry||Investment banking, Financial services|
|Founded||August 6, 1935|
|Headquarters||Raffles Place, Singapore|
|Number of locations||500 offices across 19 countries|
|Key people||Wee Cho Yaw (Chairman)
Wee Ee Cheong (Chief Executive Officer)
|Net income||S$2.569.000.000 (2006)|
United Overseas Bank Limited (commonly known as UOB; previously known as United Chinese Bank (UCB); simplified Chinese: 大华银行有限公司; pinyin: dàhuá yínháng yǒuxìan gōngsī) is a prominent Singaporean banking organisation headquartered in Singapore, with branches mostly found in most South-east Asian countries. Founded in 1935 by Sarawak businessman Huang Qingchang, also known as Wee Khiang Cheng, the bank now has, as of last count, 68 branches in Singapore and a network of more than 500 offices in 19 countries and territories in Asia Pacific, Western Europe and North America
On August 6, 1935, businessman Wee Khiang Cheng, together with six other friends, established United Chinese Bank (UCB). On October 1935, UCB opened for business in the three story Bonham Building. Thirty years later, the company's name was changed to United Overseas Bank.
Key people 
In August 2012, Wee Cho Yaw, the company's chairman and the son of the company's founder, announced his plans to step down in 2013. Wee will be replaced by Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, the former Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Exchange.
Mobile banking 
In December 2011, United Overseas Bank launched its free mobile UOB Mobile application. Mobile Cash, a key feature of this application, allows all UOB customers to send cash to any registered recipient who can withdraw the money from more than 600 UOB ATMs in Singapore. Initially only available on the Apple Appstore, the application soon became available to users of Android and Blackberry smartphones.
In February 2012, several employees of United Overseas Bank came under fire for dressing up in traditional Tamil Indian costumes and painting their faces black during a staff dinner organised by the company. A spokesman for the bank said that the employees did not intend to offend or discriminate, although he also mentioned that they would be counselled.
Subsidiary banks 
- Far Eastern Bank (Singapore)
- Overseas Union Bank (Singapore)
- Lee Wah Bank (Singapore)
See also 
- "Our Corporate File". United Overseas Bank Limited. Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "United Overseas Bank Heritage Trails Singapore. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- "UOB Chairman to step down next year". TODAY. August 8, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- "UOB launches mobile banking app". Financial News Publishing Limited. December 19, 2012. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- "UOB staff get backlash for 'blackface' photos". AsiaOne. February 12, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
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