Chartsiri Sophonpanich

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Chartsiri Sophonpanich
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Chartsiri Sophonpanich (Thai: ชาติศิริ โสภณพนิช, rtgsChatsiri Sophonphanit; born 1959) is President and Director of Bangkok Bank, the largest commercial bank in Thailand and one of the largest regional banks in Southeast Asia, and Chairman of Bangkok Bank (China), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangkok Bank. He held various senior management positions in Bangkok Bank before being appointed President in December 1994 and has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors since 1992.


Chartsiri holds a master's degree in Management from MIT Sloan School of Management, a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Under his leadership, Bangkok Bank has expanded its operations and now has a local network of over 1100 branches, 230 business centers and more than 17 million deposit accounts. The bank has 25 overseas branches, including fully owned subsidiaries in China and Malaysia, plus a representative office in Myanmar. Along with its successful commercial operations, the bank is also a strong supporter of Thailand’s community and plays an active role in a number of social development and educational initiatives.[clarification needed]

Together with his responsibilities at Bangkok Bank, Mr. Chartsiri is the Chairman of the Thai Bankers’ Association, a member of the Payment Systems Committee of the Bank of Thailand, and a member of the committee of the Thailand Board of Investment. Mr. Chartsiri is also a Director of Post Publishing and a member of the Board of Trustees of Bangkok University and of Singapore Management University.

Under Mr. Chartsiri’s leadership Bangkok Bank has received hundreds of awards including Best Bank in Thailand from The Banker and Euromoney magazines. It has also received the Bank of the Year award for six consecutive years from Money and Banking, Thailand's leading monthly business and financial magazine.


In 2001 he received the Banker of the Year award from Thailand’s Money and Banking magazine. In 2005 he received the Achievement Award for Leadership in Thailand from the Asian Banker magazine and the Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute for exceptional achievement in business.

Personal Life[edit]

Chartsiri is the son of Chatri Sophonpanich and the grandson of Chin Sophonpanich, the founder of Bangkok Bank. The politician Kalaya Sophonpanich is his aunt.

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