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Finishing on a high

Wrapping up a 37-year career in banking, Citi Private Bank's Bassam Salem talks about the industry's real challenges, and shares his plans for his next phase of life.

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"We (Citi) have been in Singapore longer than the MAS. Yes, we are always looked at as a foreign bank. But trust me, in Singapore, we are as Singaporean as any other bank." - BASSAM SALEM.

ON Nov 26, 2008, Bassam Salem was in Mumbai, India for a board meeting and was having dinner at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, one of the city's most iconic buildings, when terror struck.

Ten men had stormed into India's financial capital. For two nights and three days, the Taj was under

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