by Tracy Mayor | MIT Ideas Made to Matter | Nov 15, 2019
Chi-Won Yoon is that rare thing, a financier willing to play a long game.
He spent 22 years at UBS AG, ultimately serving as Asia Pacific president overseeing 13 countries and nearly 8,000 employees. Before that, Yoon honed his skills in program trading and index arbitrage on Wall Street, working at SBC Warburg, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch.
Through it all, he took the long-term view.
“Many people in this industry go in with a short-term objective of maximizing either pay or promotions, but I solved for long-term learning,” said Yoon, who spoke recently to MBA and masters of finance candidates at MIT Sloan. “I tried to build long-term competitiveness into my career. And, for me at least, that strategy worked.”