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Exclusive: Bad-Debt Firm to Appoint New Chief, Spark Managerial Merry-Go-Round

By Liang Hong and Lin Jinbing / Oct 22, 2019 03:32 PM / Finance

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Photo: VCG

China’s most profitable distressed-asset manager will soon appoint a veteran financier as its new chief, likely triggering a chain of personnel moves among several major financial firms, Caixin has learned from sources with knowledge of the matter.

Hong Kong-listed China Cinda Asset Management named Zhang Weidong as its deputy Communist Party chief on Monday, the sources said, adding that Zhang will replace Chen Xiaozhou as Cinda’s president after going through internal procedures.

Zhang, 52, is currently president of China Trust Protection Fund, the state-run bailout fund for trust firms, which he joined in 2015. Zhang worked at state-owned Cinda for 17 years between 1999 and 2016, eventually rising to the positions of assistant to the president and board secretary.

China commonly rotates high-level financiers between a number of state-owned institutions to help them better understand different sectors.

Cinda is the most profitable of China’s four big bad-debt managers, but only the second-largest by assets after China Huarong Asset Management. In 2018, Hong Kong-listed Huarong saw its profits collapse in the wake of a corruption and bribery scandal that has left its former chairman Lai Xiaoming facing criminal charges.

Read the full story later today on Caixin Global.

Contact reporter Lin Jinbing (jinbinglin@caixin.com)

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