BRIEF-HSBC appoints Mark Tucker to succeed Douglas Flint as group chairman

March 13 (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings-

* HSBC appoints Mark Tucker to succeed Douglas Flint as

group chairman

* Tucker, will take over responsibility for leading process

of identifying a successor to current group CEO, Stuart Gulliver

* Process of identifying a successor "expected to conclude

during 2018 in order to meet Stuart Gulliver's expressed desire

to retire in that timeframe"

* Upon appointment, Mark Tucker will be independent and will

be stepping down from boards of AIA and Goldman Sachs

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