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Updated: 30 Dec 2020

Time flies, and 2020 is nearly over. I am about to leave HKEX, where I have worked for 11 years, and turn to the next chapter in my life. My heart is full of gratitude and thanksgiving as I look back.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world, I am fortunate that my family and I, and my colleagues, have been blessed with safety and health this year. While the global political and economic environment has been difficult, HKEX and Hong Kong's financial markets have shown resilience and strength throughout the last year. This demonstrates Hong Kong's competitiveness as an international financial centre, and its continuing relevance on the world stage. And, of course, the long-awaited arrival of Covid vaccines will soon get us all, we hope, out of the haze.

As I look back over my time at HKEX, I am especially grateful to have spent the 11 most memorable years of my career in Hong Kong. I am in particular grateful to all my colleagues and fellow board members, past and present, at HKEX. It has been my honour and privilege to work alongside them. They have helped me realise many of my visions and dreams for Hong Kong’s market.

I am grateful too for being born when I was – this era has blessed my generation. Without Mainland China's reform and opening up, there would be no economic take-off in China, nor would it have been possible to have everything that our generation has today.

My deep gratitude for my second home, Hong Kong, overflows. This is where I lived for over 20 years. As an ignorant young man, I travelled overseas to see the world more than three decades ago. After ten years of exploring, I came to Hong Kong. The warm enthusiasm and tolerance of this international metropolis embraced me, and I am so grateful to have made it my home. Hong Kong has not only enabled me to have an international perspective, but has also allowed me to keep my Chinese heart. I deeply love and appreciate everything about this city.

This is still a great time for Hong Kong. No matter how China-US relations evolve. Hong Kong has earned itself a premier position on the world stage, with an influence that belies its size in economics, financial markets, and trade. I am certain it will remain a key force in international finance for years to come.

This is also a time of great opportunity for HKEX. It will continue to serve as a translator and converter, connecting the Mainland and international financial markets, playing an important role in China’s economic development and financial opening, and enhancing the competitiveness of Hong Kong as a financial centre.

While I will leave my post at HKEX, I will still stay in Hong Kong, hoping to make use of the experience and knowledge I gained at the helm of the most vibrant of businesses to continue to drive liquidity and opportunities in our market. I want to continue to serve Hong Kong, and the financial community that has been so good to me.

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to all our customers, partners, industry colleagues, regulators, media friends, and to my colleagues for all their help and support. I have loved every moment. I wish you a Happy New Year of health and safety, and see you in 2021!