Singapore-based private market exchange ADDX has appointed Chew Sutat, former senior managing director at the Singapore Exchange (SGX), as its chairman.

ADDX said in a statement on Thursday that Chew has sat on the board of ICHX Tech since 2018 and chaired the ADDX platform’s listing committee since 2019.

ADDX Pte Ltd began regulated activities in September 2022, after it was approved by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to take over operations of the ADDX platform from ICHX Tech.

According to the statement, Chew will serve as chairman of ADDX Pte Ltd and board member of ICHX Tech concurrently.

Meanwhile, Danny Toe will remain chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ICHX Tech, while Oi-Yee Choo will remain CEO of ADDX.

As chairman, Chew will provide high-level guidance and leadership to help entrench ADDX’s position in the global private market space.

He will work closely with the executive team to set the company’s strategic direction as well as drive growth and innovation, as the business looks toward regional expansion.

It is noted that Chew has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, having served in various leadership roles throughout his career.

With extensive experience at SGX, where he headed the global sales and origination team and managed the bourse’s international offices across ten cities, he brings a wealth of strategic thinking and expertise to ADDX.

Prior to SGX, he held senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank, OCBC Securities and DBS Bank.

He is currently a lead independent director at Yangzijiang Financial Holding and board member at Income Insurance.

He also serves actively in the social sector through various National Council of Social Service committees.

“Sutat has demonstrated his ability to drive innovation and growth in a highly competitive and regulated industry – the transformation of SGX from an Asian gateway into a global multi-asset exchange over his 14 years of service is testament to that,

“His regulatory know-how, experience and expertise from his time at SGX will be invaluable as we set our sights on regional expansion,” said Toe.

He said that Sutat will play a critical role in ensuring ADDX is well-governed and positioned for long-term success.

“I am confident that he will provide the high- level strategic thinking and leadership needed to help ADDX penetrate and navigate markets beyond Singapore’s shores,” he added.

As a chairman, Chew said that he will be working with ADDX team on strategies to increase liquidity and scale in the private market sector.

“ADDX has already made significant strides in this area, and I am excited to work with the team to build on this success and bridge the gulf between public and private markets,

“Together, we will continue to drive growth and innovation to democratize private markets and unlock opportunities for investors,” he said.

ADDX is a firm that aims to make investing fairer by democratizing private markets.

Using blockchain and smart contract technology, ADDX reduces manual interventions in the issuance, custody and distribution of private market products.

The resulting efficiency from the use of digital securities allows the platform to fractionalize investments in a scalable and commercially viable manner, bringing minimum investment sizes down from $1 million to as low as $1,000 and thereby widening investor access to the private markets.

To date, ADDX has listed more than 70 deals on its platform and worked with blue-chip names such as Hamilton Lane, Partners Group, Investcorp, Singtel, UOB, CGS-CIMB, as well as Temasek-owned entities Mapletree, Azalea, SeaTown and Fullerton Fund Management.

Asset classes available on ADDX include private equity, hedge funds, venture capital, private credit, real estate, debt and structured products.

Yangzijiang Financial works with ADDX on capital markets products distribution