LME names new chief executive

Matthew Chamberlain is promoted from acting chief executive.

April 21, 2017

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. (HKEX) and the London Metal Exchange (LME), a wholly owned subsidiary of HKEX, have announced the appointment of Matthew Chamberlain as chief executive of the LME effective immediately, subject to the approval of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom.


Chamberlain will remain on the LME board of directors and will continue as a member of HKEX’s Management Committee. He has been the interim chief executive since January 2017 and was previously the chief operating officer and head of strategy of the LME and co-head of business development across the LME and LME Clear.


During his time at the LME, Chamberlain has led its warehousing reform process and the new London platinum and palladium pricing administered by the LME and the LMEprecious initiative.


Before joining the LME in November 2012, Chamberlain advised HKEX on the acquisition of the LME while heading European financial technology coverage at UBS. Previously, he was a founding member of the financial institutions coverage team at Perella Weinberg. He started his career at Citibank and holds a master’s degree from Cambridge University.


In his chief executive role, Chamberlain will work closely with Adrian Farnham, LME Clear chief executive. James Proudlock will take on the role of managing director and head of market development for the LME and LME Clear, reporting to Chamberlain and Farnham. Proudlock joined the LME in early 2017 from JP Morgan Securities PLC.


The LME says it new leadership structure “will allow the LME to continue to strengthen and secure its role as the centre for global metals trading.”


“Matthew’s experience and knowledge of the LME means that he is uniquely suited to lead the business in the next stage of its evolution,” says Charles Li, HKEX chief executive. “We are confident that Matthew, together with Adrian and James, are the right leadership team to bring further success for the group as we continue to grow our business and extend our geographical reach.”


Sir Brian Bender, chairman of the LME, remarks, “Matthew has proven himself to be a huge asset to the LME since he joined in 2012 and is the right appointment. I look forward to continuing to work with him.”


Chamberlain says, “This is an exciting time to take on the role of chief executive, and I look forward to working closely with our members, clients and the broader metals community.”