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Staff Interview 2: MUB & Americas

Jeffrey Kurges

Jeffrey Kurges

Vice President

Integrated Services for the Americas, MUFG Union Bank

New Jersey, United States

What do you think is MUFG's competitive edge?
MUFG invests in relationships and integrity, intangible assets that distinguish MUFG from its peers and other financial institutions. Our company, like many others, has lofty aspirations; however, our goals will never be met if we sacrifice quality to our customers. Our commitment extends beyond external customers; here in systems and operations we maintain a culture of excellence that is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality to our internal customers.
What is your most rewarding experience at MUFG?
Fortunately, I have enjoyed opportunities to work with different projects, teams and colleagues in various locations, such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Singapore, New Jersey, Japan, and Canada. The experience that stands out the most is the time I spent on assignment in Singapore working in MUFG’s Headquarters of Asia and Oceania (HQAO). My time spent in Singapore offered deep insight into our company’s diverse culture and helped me to better understand MUFG’s globalized client portfolio.
How would you describe people at MUFG?
We are diverse, open minded and welcoming, which in turn creates a collaborative atmosphere in our company and enables individuals to connect across teams, offices, localities, and regions. MUFG fosters global perspectives and routinely unites coworkers around the world, further strengthening our company’s greatest asset, which is an unmatched ability to cultivate strong relationships. As a result, people working at MUFG are committed to employing a “team first” attitude rather than promoting an “individual first” mindset.
How do you spend your free time?
I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family, especially traveling locally to new places, returning to Los Angeles my hometown or traveling abroad to Europe and Asia. In addition to traveling, I enjoy playing golf whenever I get a chance; despite the fact that my time spent on the golf course does little to improve my golf score.