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Seven heads of tech you need to know in Hong Kong banking

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Banks may be offshoring some of their low-grade tech work away from Hong Kong, but the city remains a hub for thousands of IT finance jobs.

Who are the senior managers in charge of technology strategy (and hiring) in Hong Kong? Here’s a selection, based on their online public profiles.

Paul Wan, Hong Kong CIO, Standard Chartered

Singapore is the main technology hub for Stan Chart, but Wan is still hiring in Hong Kong, particularly for compliance and cyber-security related tech roles. Wan began his career as a graduate trainee at IBM in 1990 and then spent seven years in the products and emerging technologies unit at Visa, according to his profile. His Stan Chart career began in 2001 in the credit card and personal loans division. Ten years later he was appointed head of governance and controls, and technology and operations. He was made Hong Kong CIO in April last year.

Simon Holden, Asia CIO, Morgan Stanley

Holden worked in the IT team of a marine consultancy company for eight years after graduating with a BSc in computer science from Imperial College London in 1990. He joined Morgan Stanley in London in 1998. Over the past 10 years Holden has been global head of equity risk technology, global head of cross asset class risk programmes, and programme manager for ‘Pioneer’, Morgan Stanley’s front-to-back technology transformation project. As we reported at the time, Holden relocated to Hong Kong to take on his new role in May last year.

Sophia Leung, APAC CIO, J.P. Morgan

Leung, arguably Hong Kong’s most senior female banking technologist, joined J.P. Morgan in 2011 after a 20-year career at Morgan Stanley. Recruitment is currently high on her agenda – J.P. Morgan is in the midst of hiring “a few thousand technologists across Asia Pacific”, she told us last year. “My career has taken me around the world to roles in the UK, US and Hong Kong. A career in technology was attractive to me as it provided a broad platform that would challenge me and put me on a path of continual professional development,” she said.

Julian Simon, Asia Pacific ex-Japan CIO, Goldman Sachs

Simon has been a Goldmanite for almost a quarter of a century – he joined the bank in late 1992, according to his online profile. In September 2008 he left his job as head of securities technology for Asia to become Goldman’s CIO for Australia, a position he held until June 2013 when he took on his current regional CIO role. Simon studied electronic engineering and computer science at King’s College London, according to his profile.

Max Nam-Storm, global CIO, CLSA

Nam-Storm joined CLSA in January 2014 to spearhead its technology strategy following the firm’s sale to CITIC Securities by Credit Agricole the previous year. His profile is full of senior IT roles at global banks, beginning with a seven-year stint at J.P. Morgan, where he eventually became head of Asia FI technology. He joined Nomura in 2008 as head of equities and prime IT for APAC before a stint at UBS from 2011 to 2013.

Didier Sabardu, APAC CTO, Societe Generale

Sabardu boasts more than 20 years in financial technology and joined SocGen in 2008. He held four Paris-based jobs at the bank, including head of IT group infrastructure performance and global head of market data and middleware. Like Mayda Lim, head of technology at ANZ in Singapore, Sabardu cut his teeth at Reuters. He worked there for 14 years from 1994, most recently as development group manager in the firm’s financial software department.

CK Chan, APAC international CIO, and APAC head of retail banking wealth management IT, HSBC

Veteran technologist Chan got his first job back in 1975 as a product engineer at a semiconductor company. He then spent 12 years at Hong Kong Telecom and two years as an IT lecturer at the City University of Hong Kong. Chan moved to Vancouver in 1990 and joined HSBC, eventually becoming a senior director in front-end systems. In 2007 Chan returned to Hong Kong and he has held several senior roles with HSBC since then, including head of channel systems for Asia Pacific. He was promoted to his current position in October 2015.


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