HSBC appoints Shirley Leong to vacant role in Malaysia

Shirley Leong becomes head of global payments and cash management for Malaysia, replacing Jason Tan who relocated to Hong Kong last month.

HSBC has appointed Shirley Leong its new head of global payments and cash management for Malaysia. She replaced Jason Tan who was appointed HSBC’s new regional head of client management a month ago.

“Over the past 18 months, we have invested heavily in our aggressive growth strategy across Asia-Pacific, expanding client facing sales and service teams and bringing innovative products to market,” said John Laurens, head of global payments and cash management for Asia-Pacific at HSBC, in a statement. “The appointment of a highly experienced senior executive supports our continued focus and commitment to developing our business in Malaysia and other major markets across the region.”

Leong was previously senior vice-president and head of international business for HSBC commercial banking in Malaysia and was responsible for leading the international banking team to formulate and implement leading international business strategies across the HSBC franchise in Malaysia.

In her new role she will be responsible for leading the growth of HSBC’s global payments and cash management franchise in the country and ensure that the bank’s clients are provided with the products, services and expertise to achieve their business potential. She has more than 16 years of commercial banking experience and previously worked at United Overseas Bank and Standard Chartered.

“With extensive relationship management and corporate banking experience, I am confident that Shirley will build upon the strong foundations established by Jason and take the development of our Malaysian cash management franchise to new heights,” said Laurens.

Leong’s appointment is the fourth senior appointment for HSBC’s global payments and cash management team in Asia this year. Shayan Hazir was appointed HSBC’s new Asia-Pacific head of business banking in mid-February and Thomas Schickler was appointed to the newly-created position of global head of liquidity at the end of March.

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