Citadel operating chief in Asia to depart for HKEX

New head of exchange operations and transformation has spent the last ten years in senior operations positions at Citadel and JP Morgan.

The chief operating officer for Asia at Citadel will depart from the US hedge fund later this year after three years in his role to join Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) in a senior operations role.

John Buckley will join the exchange operator in December as head of exchange operations and transformation, HKEX confirmed, reporting to chief operating officer, Calvin Tai.

Prior to joining Citadel, Buckley spent nearly seven years at JP Morgan in several roles including chief risk officer and chief financial officer for Asia Pacific. 

At HKEX, Buckley will lead the strategic development and transformation of the exchanges business, and lead efforts on modernising its systems and operations. 

“He [Buckley] has nearly 30 years’ experience in financial services and capital markets, and he will play a pivotal role in ensuring that HKEX is strongly placed to capture new growth opportunities,” said HKEX chief executive officer, Nicolas Aguzin. 

“During his career, John has worked in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong in a range of well-respected financial organisations, in a variety of roles, and I know that his broad and deep experience will be invaluable to us, as we continue to build and shape our business.” 

Nicolas Aguzin was appointed CEO of HKEX in February earlier this year after previously leading the private bank business at JP Morgan. He replaced departing chief executive, Charles Li, who announced last year that he would be retiring early after 12 years in his role.