Caixin
Sep 23, 2019 07:38 PM
FINANCE

Major Brokerage Guotai Junan to Get New Chairman

A Guotai Junan Securities office in Beijing on July 6. Photo: VCG
A Guotai Junan Securities office in Beijing on July 6. Photo: VCG

The president of one of China’s biggest insurers is to take the helm at one of its leading brokerages, Caixin has learned.

He Qing, 47, was made Guotai Junan Securities Co. Ltd.’s Communist Party secretary on Monday morning, and will soon be made its chairman, people with knowledge of the matter told Caixin.

He is now president of China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd., a job he took up less than two years after first joining the company in November 2015. The life insurance subsidiary of Hong Kong- and Shanghai-listed Pacific Insurance was the third-largest life insurer in China by market share last year, trailing China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. and Ping An Life Insurance Co. of China Ltd.

A staff member at Pacific Insurance described He as a quick study who can quickly adapt to changing circumstances.

The current chairman of Guotai Junan is Yang Dehong, who took the position in 2015. Caixin was told that Yang chose to leave, though Guotai Junan tried to persuade him to stay. During his term, Guotai Junan went public in Shanghai in June 2015 and listed in Hong Kong in April 2017.

In 2018, Guotai Junan was China’s second-largest securities company in terms of net profit, and the third-largest in terms of operating revenue, according to data (link in Chinese) from the Securities Association of China, a nonprofit organization backed by the securities watchdog.

In the first half of 2019, Guotai Junan reported 5 billion yuan ($705 million) in net profit, up 25.2% from a year earlier, according to the company’s 2019 interim report.

Contact reporter Liu Jiefei (Jiefeiliu@caixin.com)

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