Diginex Appoints New Chairman, Chi-Won Yoon
8i Enterprises Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, announced that Diginex, a digital asset financial services and advisory company with which JFK entered into a definitive share exchange agreement dated July 9, 2019, appointed Chi-Won Yoon as its Chairman of the Board. Mr. Yoon currently serves on the board of Hyundai Motor Company and previously served on the executive board of UBS AG. He brings three decades of financial services and listed company experience to Diginex, as it prepares for the closing of its transaction with JFK, expected in September 2020.
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Mr. Yoon succeeds Miles Pelham, Founder of Diginex, who will continue to act as an advisor to the company and remains a significant shareholder. Mr. Yoon, who previously acted in the capacity of Asia Chairman of Diginex, will lead the company into the next stage of its evolution following the planned business combination with JFK.
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During his 22-year tenure at UBS, Mr. Yoon served as President and CEO of UBS AG, Asia Pacific, and was a member of the UBS Group Executive Board from 2009 to 2015. He oversaw the entire bank in 13 countries around the region and was responsible for UBS’s three main divisions: Investment Banking, Wealth Management and Global Asset Management. Mr. Yoon also held various positions including Hong Kong Country Head, Head of Equities, and Head of Securities Asia Pacific, and established UBS’s equity derivatives business in Asia.
Mr. Yoon, who also held positions at both at Lehman Brothers in New York and Hong Kong and, before that, at Merrill Lynch in New York, has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from M.I.T. and a master’s degree in finance from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management.
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