With a brisk, energetic walk and a friendly pat on the shoulder, Krisda Sawamiphakdi greets me in the foyer of the Bangkok Post Building, his relaxed body language and air of sophisticated comfort the very embodiment of what one would imagine "Mr Forbes Thailand" to look like.
Though you wouldn't guess it from the casual Shanghai Tang T-shirt and comfortable blue slacks, Krisda has both a storied history and a wealth of experience in finance. Having worked both in the commercial and investment banking worlds at such institutions as Citibank, Robert Fleming & Co, Jardine Fleming, UBS and ABN Amro, the straight-talking executive carries a diverse range of experience and expertise better suited to men 10 years his senior.
Despite the financial world's reputation for being soul-crushing and laborious, the man sitting opposite me appears energetic and sharp, a far cry from the faint air of post traumatic stress disorder that accompanies many who've done their time in finance.
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