Updated : 12 Jul 2023
  • Zhou Jiannan joins as Head of Mainland Development and a member of Management Committee
  • Zhou succeeds Mao Zhirong, who becomes Strategic Advisor, Greater Bay Area and China Commodities


Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is pleased to announce today (Wednesday) senior management appointments that will support the Group’s continued strategic development.


Zhou Jiannan has been named Managing Director and Head of Mainland Development. He becomes a member of the Group’s Management Committee and joins HKEX on 18 July 2023.


Mr Zhou succeeds Mao Zhirong, who after 10 years leading the Group’s Mainland Development team, will take on new responsibilities as Strategic Advisor, Greater Bay Area and China Commodities. They will both report to HKEX Co-Chief Operating Officer, Bonnie Y Chan.

In his new role, Mr Zhou will lead HKEX’s engagement with key Mainland regulators and partners, supporting the Group’s ongoing strategy to leverage its unique China strengths, connecting China and the world.


HKEX Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Aguzin, said: “I would like to thank Mao Zhirong for his significant contributions to our Mainland development strategy over a pivotal period in the development of our markets; many of the projects that he has led have been foundational to our vision to build the Marketplace of the Future. I know that Zhirong’s knowledge and expertise will continue to be invaluable to HKEX as he helps to shape our business in the Greater Bay Area and across our commodities offering.”


“I am pleased to welcome Zhou Jiannan to the HKEX family. Jiannan is a seasoned industry veteran with deep knowledge of the region’s financial markets and infrastructure. He has a unique background, having been a senior securities industry executive, regulator and a stock exchange operator and I know that his expertise will play a key role in supporting the Group’s future strategic development.”


Mr Aguzin added: “In making these appointments we are further strengthening our Mainland China expertise, reach and knowledge, ensuring that we are placing this important market at the heart of our vision for the future and supporting the Group’s efforts to capture future opportunities."


Mr Zhou joins HKEX from Jiahe Asset Management in Shanghai, where he was Chairman since 2021. Previously, he was CEO at Everbright Securities, CEO at Dacheng Asset Management and had served in several roles at the China Securities Regulatory Commission, most recently as Deputy Director-General at the Department of Listed Companies Supervision. He was also Assistant President at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.


Mr Zhou holds a PhD in Economics from Beijing University, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. 



Zhou Jiannan

Zhou Jiannan


About HKEX

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is a publicly-traded company (HKEX Stock Code:388) and one of the world’s leading global exchange groups, offering a range of equity, derivative, commodity, fixed income and other financial markets, products and services, including the London Metal Exchange.

As a superconnector and gateway between East and West, HKEX facilitates the two-way flow of capital, ideas and dialogue between China and the rest of the world, through its pioneering Connect schemes, increasingly diversified product ecosystem and its deep, liquid and international markets.

HKEX is a purpose-led organisation which, across its business and through the work of HKEX Foundation, seeks to connect, promote and progress its markets and the communities it supports for the prosperity of all.