Irene Lee was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2015. She has more than 40 years of experience in the finance industry.

She has held senior positions in investment banking and fund management in the UK, USA and Australia with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SealCorp Holdings Limited and Citibank.

Ms Lee is currently a non-executive Director of two of the Group’s subsidiaries,The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and Hang Seng Bank Limited. She will succeed the current Chairman of Hang Seng Bank Limited at the conclusion of their 2021 AGM. Irene is Executive Chairman of Hysan Development Company Limited and is also a member of Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

Ms Lee served as a member of the Advisory Council of JP Morgan Australia from 2005-2013 and has previously held non-executive Director roles for companies including QBE Insurance Group Limited, Keybridge Capital Limited, ING Bank (Australia) Limited, Noble Group Limited, CLP Holdings Limited and Cathay Pacific Airways Limited.

She has also served as a member of the Australian Takeovers Panel and on the boards of government organisations including the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

HSBC news

We’re taking action on ESG

A new climate ambition and extra support for customers and colleagues are some of HSBC’s latest environmental, social and governance (ESG) highlights.

HSBC helps UK raise funds to fight climate change

We are advising the UK government on its first ever sovereign green bond.

Cutting carbon for companies

HSBC has led a financing deal that will pay for sectors including construction and utilities to reduce their emissions in China and beyond.