HSBC appoints insurer AIA's Tucker as chairman

(Adds details from AIA and HSBC statement, background)

HONG KONG, March 13 (Reuters) - Europe's biggest bank HSBC

Holdings Plc on Monday said AIA Group Ltd

Chief Executive Mark Tucker had been appointed as its chairman,

replacing Douglas Flint.

Tucker would take over responsibility for identifying a

successor to HSBC Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver, a process

expected to conclude in 2018, the bank said in a statement.

Tucker would take over as group chairman designate from

Sept. 1 and as non-executive group chairman on Oct. 1.

Flint and Gulliver's departure from HSBC after six years

will end one of the longest-serving management partnerships at a

major global bank.

The pair slashed over 43,000 jobs and sold assets worldwide

as they attempted to shrink the bank back to profitability amid

a tougher than expected environment for global banks.

HSBC, with its more than $1.2 trillion in customer deposits,

has suffered more than most lenders from low global interest

rates since the 2008 financial crisis that has made investing

those deposits profitably difficult.

In a separate statement, AIA said Ng Keng Hooi, its regional

chief executive will succeed Tucker from Sept. 1.

(Reporting by Sumeet Chatterjee in Hong Kong and Anusha

Ravindranath in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler and Stephen