18 April 2024

Shylene Tan passes away after illness


Shylene Tan, director in loan syndications at ANZ, has sadly passed away after a period of illness. Shylene was a well-loved and respected figure at ANZ as well as in the wider export finance community.

She joined the bank in Singapore in 2010 after roles at EY and KPMG.  While Shylene began in the retail banking and wealth management division, she spent the majority of her ANZ career in the institutional corporate finance business across a number of disciplines including specialised transaction management, structured export finance and loan syndications. She is survived by her husband and two children.

We remember Shylene as a cherished member of the export finance family and for her contribution to the community, including at many TXF events. We offer our condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time. ANZ has provided the following tributes from her colleagues at the bank:

Paul Richards

Shylene was a role model of dedication to her role, her teammates, and her customers – she went “above and beyond” in everything she did.  She was energetic, empathetic, and hugely committed.  And she was such great fun – she was always organising get-togethers for team member and with customers, many of whom became friends.  She was incredible to work with and was more than just a colleague – she’ll be missed terribly.

Niro Somasekeran

Shylene was a huge talent and everyone at ANZ was grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her. Shylene was more than just an excellent banker. She played a leadership role in every team she represented, always bringing people together professionally and socially, establishing relationships and making them stronger. We will all miss her terribly.

Irene Tang 

Shylene was the friendliest and warmest colleague at ANZ – because of her, I have made more friends at work and actually enjoyed coming into the office.  She was also talented and passionate about her work – she succeeded in every role she had at ANZ. 

Milo Houben

Shylene was such a joyous, genuine and honest person. Everyone she came in contact with instantly liked her friendly and straightforward way. I am pleased and humbled to have worked alongside her.

Jonathan Wong

Shylene was an amazing workmate and personal friend to many within ANZ and beyond. During her time at ANZ she worked across a number of roles including retail, portfolio management, export finance and syndications.  She gave 100% both in the office and out, all the while raising two amazing boys and being a supportive partner to her husband Graham. Shylene will most be remembered for her gregarious positive energy and kind nature, to say she was the life of the party understates her ability to genuinely connect with everyone she encountered.  She will be missed but remembered fondly.

Ashutosh Singh

Those who were fortunate to know Shylene would agree that she was full of life, friendly with everyone, and always willing to help. She was fun both at work and outside and was extremely well-connected within the export finance world. For many of us, she was a personal friend who will always be missed.

Mariko Ishida

Shylene was not just a colleague but a dear friend who was loved and respected by everyone she worked with. She was always willing to help others in need and was there to provide the right advice based on her deep knowledge. Her passion and professionalism have motivated everyone around her to do their best, which was at times proven by winning a key TXF award. 

Jane Sun 

Shylene has left an indescribable void. She was an amazing friend and colleague. I will always remember her bright smile, positive energy, and ability to bond with people effortlessly - the glue that kept us together.     

Elise Regnault 

Shylene was way more than a colleague to me, she quickly became a good friend. It started with coffees in the morning at work, which led to lunches, to nights out in Singapore and eventually to weekends away together. Even as I left ANZ and moved back to Europe, we maintained our friendship and we shared the ups and downs of our professional and personal lives and she was always so supportive and encouraging. Shylene was such a fun person, caring and bubbly, as well as a trustworthy colleague. She made Singapore a very special place.  

Aaron Ross

Shylene made an incredible long-lasting impression on the wider bank and her positive approach to work and life was infectious.  She was very well regarded by her work colleagues and clients in the export finance market and she will be sadly missed by many people in Singapore and around the region more broadly.

Hesham Zakai, Managing Director at TXF

All of us at TXF loved working with Shylene. The first time she spoke at a TXF event was when we shared the stage together for an Audience Response session at TXF Asia. Even after 10 years of being on stage at industry events, that session remains a highlight for me because Shylene just brought so much energy and a radiating presence.

We send our deepest condolences to Shylene, the ANZ team and everyone who was fortunate enough to work with her.

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