Wei Sun Christianson
Co-CEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China
Wei Sun Christianson is a Managing Director, and Co-CEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China for Morgan Stanley. She is also a member of the Firm’s Management Committee.
In addition to her regional role, Ms. Christianson is responsible for all aspects of the Firm’s operations in China.
Under Ms. Christianson’s leadership, Morgan Stanley has broadened its onshore footprint in China to include domestic securities and bonds underwriting, commercial banking, asset management, trust services and Renminbi-denominated private equity investing.
She first joined Morgan Stanley in 1998 working in the Firm’s investment banking division. Between 2002 and 2005 she served as Chairman for China for Credit Suisse and subsequently for Citigroup Global Markets. She rejoined Morgan Stanley at the beginning of 2006 as the Firm’s CEO for China. During her banking career Ms. Christianson has had senior roles advising on many of China’s landmark privatizations, and on M&A transactions by overseas listed Chinese companies.
Before starting her investment banking career, Wei Sun Christianson was an Associate Director at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). While at the SFC, she helped formulate the regulations in preparation for the Hong Kong public listings of the first group of Mainland Chinese companies in 1993. Prior to this, she was a lawyer in New York with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
Ms. Christianson was named on the Fortune Most Powerful Women “International Power 50” list in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was one of the Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch” from 2006-2008. She is also on Forbes’ “Power Women in the Wings” and the Financial Times’ “Women at the Top: The Ones to Watch” lists.
She serves on the Board of Trustees of Amherst College and the Board of the the Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Ms. Christianson graduated cum laude from Amherst College, Massachusetts. In 1989 she received her J.D. degree from the Columbia University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She is married with three children.