HKEx Names New Heads of Global Markets After LME Takeover Closes

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd., the world’s biggest bourse operator by market value, named Romnesh Lamba and Martin Abbott co-heads of global markets as it completes its takeover of the London Metal Exchange.

Abbott, 52, will remain LME chief executive, the HKEx said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Lamba, 49, will become chief executive officer of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd. and Hong Kong Futures Exchange Ltd. He was previously head of market development at the bourse, according to the release.

The exchange completed its $2.2 billion takeover of the LME, its first overseas acquisition, in December. The offer was priced at 181 times LME’s 2011 net income, making it the most expensive bourse merger over $1 billion. LME is the venue for more than 80 percent of metals trading.

As CEO of the stock and futures exchanges, Lamba succeeds Gerald Greiner who has been appointed HKEx’s head of global clearing, the exchange said. Reporting to Greiner, 56, will be new co-heads of clearing risk management Felix Wang, Ketan Patel and Chris Jones, according to the release.

In its announcement, HKEx also named Bryan Chan and Calvin Tai co-heads of equities and FIC business. Both men previously held senior positions at the bourse, the exchange said.

The bourse also appointed Henry Ingrouille as its chief operating officer. He was a managing director at Morgan Stanley prior to joining HKEx, and was previously the bourse’s chief administrative officer, according to its release.

HKEx appointed David Graham as its chief regulatory officer in October. Graham is designated head of listings, to succeed Mark Dickens, who will retire in July 2013.

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