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Save the Children Hong Kong appoints new board chairman

Save the Children Hong Kong is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Kennedy as Chairman of its Board of Directors. The new Chairman brings a breadth of leadership experience, passion, and commitment to Save the Children’s mission to serve the world’s most vulnerable children.

Paul has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has spent most of his career in Asia, including over 15 years as a financial services partner with KPMG both in Hong Kong and as Managing Partner of KPMG’s Shanghai office from 2000 until 2005. From 2006 until 2010, Paul served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong’s securities regulator, and subsequently worked as a Managing Director within HSBC Hong Kong’s Global Banking Division. From November 2012, he served as a Special Adviser to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) with a focus on financial matters, including the integration of the London Metal Exchange, and was subsequently appointed in 2013 as HKEx’s Group Chief Financial Officer.

Following his retirement in 2018, Paul has been appointed to a number of INED positions, including Dah Sing Financial Holdings Group Limited and Octopus Holdings Limited, and has also held a variety of positions at non-profit organisations. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Financial Administration from the University of Bangor in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Paul has been a member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Finance and Risk Committee since June 2019. Speaking of the appointment, Paul said, “I am honoured to be appointed as the Chairman of Save the Children Hong Kong and humbled by the trust and support that the Board has shown in electing me. Now, more than ever, we need to be a strong voice for children and their rights and I look forward to continuing to work closely with our Board of Directors and management to take our organisation to the next level. Alongside our donors and partners, we will continue with our mission of delivering a positive impact for vulnerable children and their families, both in Hong Kong and around the world.”

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