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Ben Mathews was appointed Group Company Secretary of HSBC Holdings plc on 1 July 2013.

He joined from Rio Tinto, where he had been Company Secretary since 2007, managing the dual listings in London and Sydney. Before that, Mr Mathews spent more than five years with BG Group plc, the leading natural gas major. He has extensive experience in international corporates, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and share listing across a range of companies. He qualified as a chartered company secretary with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

He graduated with honours in European Studies and French. After a period of post-graduate study he was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.