HSBC chief communications officer Pierre Goad is stepping down after 17 years at the banking group.
Goad has chosen to retire from HSBC effective at the end of June this year. He will return home to Canada after working in Asia and Europe for 28 years.
His role will be filled on an interim basis by Malcolm Wallis – currently head of communications, Europe and global head of communications network – while the bank looks for a permanent replacement. Wallis will become acting chief communications officer at the beginning of July.
Goad joined the company in 2001 in Hong Kong, transferred to London in 2003 and left in 2010 to join Zurich Insurance as head of corporate communications. He rejoined HSBC the following year after his former boss, Stuart Gulliver, was named the bank's CEO. Goad formerly worked as a journalist. He was a correspondent and editor at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Wall Street Journal in Canada, and the Asian Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and Singapore.
HSBC Holdings plc is a British multinational banking and financial services holding company. It is the 7th largest bank in the world, and the largest in Europe, with total assets of US$2.558 trillion.