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Pundi X hires senior banking executive as its new Chief Investment Officer

Pundi X’s executive ranks are growing from strength to strength by adding 30 years of high finance experience with its latest hire.

Vic Tham and Zac Cheah

After a distinguished 30 year career in some of the world’s most prestigious financial institutions, Vic Tham has joined Pundi X as Chief Investment Officer. Vic’s mandate will be to drive investments and manage a fund for developing Pundi X’s new blockchain project f(x), which is targeted for the next generation of open-source blockchain ecosystem.

Vic joins Pundi X from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was the Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific, for Global Transactions Services. Vic brings to Pundi X deep banking, securities, and exchange expertise in risk management and compliance, experiences derived from his previous senior roles from some of the most recognizable and respected firms in international finance.

His former senior roles included the Managing Director of Operational Risk at Standard Chartered Bank; and SVP & Head of Group Risk Management at the Hong Kong Exchange & Clearing.

Vic is also currently the Advisory Board member of the Hong Kong University, Department of Statistics, BSc (Statistics, Risk Management & Decision Analytics) Programme. He is a thought leader in risk control, and a popular speaker who had spoken at hundreds of conferences in Risk, Compliance and Blockchain held in major markets like Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Thailand.

In his career, Mr Tham has been involved with several deals including one of the most significant ones in the Asian financial history — as part of the Morgan Stanley Asia’s deal team which represented the Hong Kong Futures Exchange in a multi-billion merger, to become what is known as the Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing today.

Vic Tham said: “I have been very fortunate to have had exciting roles in securities and banking for the past three decades. I believe the next era and the future of finance lies in collaboration between fintech and banking. It is this collaboration which we will see emergence of new connectivity infrastructures for digital financial assets and the move to the cashless economy. I have seen Pundi X proprietary transformative blockchain-based technology and I am thrilled to join the team to invest into this new future of finance!

CEO and co-founder Zac Cheah said: “When we hire senior staff at Pundi X we live by one rule: only go for the best. In Vic’s case we couldn’t have stayed more true to our motto.”

“Vic’s years of experience at blue-chip financial institutions will be a huge asset to the Pundi X team. He is a veteran risk professional and a seasoned investor. His investment savviness will complement well into the CIO role which is critical as our company pursues more strategic investments and collaboration to further our next level of growth. Our plans to launch our own mainnet and service public chains is an innovative step for blockchain as it will change the face of the technology as we know it. I’m excited that Vic will join Pundi X’s management team and participate with us to grow this ecosystem”