HSBC’s Head of Belt & Road Initiative, Mukhtar Hussain will retire after 39 years at the Bank, according to an internal memo.

HSBC was one of the first banks to have a dedicated management role focused on the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), a Chinese program aiming to boost trade flows via investment in infrastructure.

The memo said that after Hussain’s departure HSBC’s BRI team will report to the bank’s Asia Strategy Office.

Hussain, also currently HSBC’s head of business corridors has held multiple roles at the bank in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific since he joined in 1982.

An HSBC spokesperson confirmed the content of the memo.