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HashKey appoints David Leahy as chief operating officer
Fri, 20th May 2022
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David Leahy has been appointed as chief operating officer of the company's Exchange Business, and WK Chim as senior advisor to the Board (Risk Management).

As chief operating officer, Leahy will be responsible for overseeing the core operations for the HashKey's Exchange Business, as well as developing longer-term growth strategies for the company.

Leahy joins from J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong, where he was most recently managing director and head of the financial sponsors group for Asia (Private Bank), having previously been the head of prime finance distribution for Asia at the investment bank.

Leahy has further served in various senior financing roles in alternative investments at Credit Suisse and has worked in Hong Kong, Sydney and London, leading the build-out and growth of several business lines.

WK Chim joins HashKey as senior advisor to the board, focusing on providing independent assessment and advice on the risk frameworks and policies matters across the company.

WK has more than 30 years of international banking experience and specialises in risk management and internal control, with a particular emphasis on credit risk, market risk, corporate governance and capital management.

He currently serves as independent non-executive director of OCBC Wing Hang Bank and chairs the bank's Risk Management Committee.

Chim's other previous board experiences included serving as independent non-executive director for Standard Chartered Bank (China) and for HDR Global Trading (owner and operator of the BitMEX trading platform).

He was also the chief credit officer at Bank of China's Beijing head office from 2007 to 2015.

"We are very pleased to welcome David and WK to the HashKey team," HashKey executive president Michel Lee.

"Their combined experience, strong business acumen and deep market insights will be invaluable to the Group as we continue to grow and expand our businesses across Asia."