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China's Ant Group chief executive Simon Hu resigns

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Key Points
  • Ant Group Chief Executive Officer Simon Hu has stepped down from his role.
  • Hu's exit from the company comes as Ant is working on plans to shift to a financial holding company structure following intense regulatory pressure to subject them to rules and capital requirements similar to those for banks.
  • He will be replaced by Ant Group Executive Chairman Eric Jing.

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A logo of Ant Group is seen at the company's headquarters on October 9, 2020 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China.
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China's Ant Group Chief Executive Officer Simon Hu has stepped down from his role and will be replaced by Executive Chairman Eric Jing, the financial technology giant said on Friday.

"The Ant Group Board of Directors has accepted Mr. Simon Hu's resignation request, due to personal reasons," Ant said in a statement.

Hu's exit from the company comes as Ant is working on plans to shift to a financial holding company structure following intense regulatory pressure to subject them to rules and capital requirements similar to those for banks.

That pressure scuppered Ant's $37 billion IPO last year and has seen it formulate plans to shift to a financial holding company structure.