From 2010 to 2013 Leng was a Director and Chairman of HSBC which owns all UK and Continental operating subsidiaries. From 2001 to 2009 he was Chairman of Corus Group, the global steel company which was sold to Tata Steel of India in 2007. Leng also sits on the Board of AON, the leading global provider of risk management services, insurance brokerage and human resource consulting.
Atsushi Yoshikawa, President and Group COO, Nomura Holdings, said: 'I am delighted that Jim is joining us. He brings unique insights and expertise from his hugely successful and diverse business career. His depth of experience will add greatly to our EMEA boardroom, further strengthening our corporate governance and the promotion of good culture, both key elements to our sustainable success in the region'.
Leng commented: 'It is a privilege to be joining Nomura as European Chairman. We have an impressive new management team in the region and together with the rest of the board I look forward to assisting the team in developing Nomura’s international business in EMEA'.