Directors’ Profiles

Kwek Leng Hai

Kwek Leng Hai

Aged 65, the Chairman of the Company since October 2006 and has been a Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in 1997. Mr. Kwek is also the Chairman of Board Nomination Committee and a member of Board Remuneration Committee of the Company.

 

Mr. Kwek is a director and shareholder of Hong Leong Company (Malaysia) Berhad (“HLCM”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “Hong Leong Group”), the ultimate holding company of the Company.  He is the Executive Chairman of Guoco Group Limited (“GGL”), a Hong Kong listed subsidiary of HLCM.  He is also a director of GGL’s key listed subsidiaries and associated companies including as the Non-executive Chairman of GL Limited (“GL”) and a Director of GuocoLand Limited (“GuocoLand”), both listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, Hong Leong Bank Berhad, listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Limited (“Bursa Malaysia”) and Bank of Chengdu Co., Ltd., listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

 

Mr. Kwek qualified as a chartered accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has extensive experience in various business sectors, including but not limited to finance, investment, manufacturing and real estate. He is the brother-in- law of Dr. Whang Sun Tze, a Non-executive Director of the Company.

Joseph Leung

Joseph Leung

Aged 58, Group Managing Director and Executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in May 2012.

 

Mr. Leung holds a bachelor degree in Economics and a master degree in Business Administration (Marketing) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.

 

Mr. Leung has over 30 years of experience in the food and consumer goods sectors. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Leung worked in several multinational Fortune 500 corporations, including Sara Lee Corporation, Heinz USA and R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company USA. In his previous role, Mr. Leung served as the General Manager of Sara Lee International’s Household & Body Care business in Greater China. During his 20-year tenure at Sara Lee, Mr. Leung held various leadership positions in both management and marketing/marketing research and overseeing a diverse portfolio of brands in the food, apparel, household, and body care categories in Asia and the United States of America.

 

Since December 2014, Mr. Leung has been an adjunct professor of Henan University of Technology. In February 2017, he was appointed as a member of the 14th Session of Changzhou Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Tang Hong Cheong

Tang Hong Cheong

Aged 63, Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in September 2016. 

 

Mr. Tang is a Director and the President & CEO of GGL. He is also the Group Managing Director of GL and a Director of GuocoLand. He held various senior management positions in different companies within the Hong Leong Group. Prior to his appointment, he was the President/Finance Director of HL Management Co Sdn Bhd. He was also a Director of Southern Steel Berhad (“SSB”), and the Non-executive Chairman of GLM REIT Management Sdn Bhd, the manager of Tower Real Estate Investment Trust (“GLM REIT”).  Both SSB and GLM REIT are listed on Bursa Malaysia.

 

Mr. Tang is a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and has over 40 years of broad-based and C-suite expertise in finance, treasury, risk management, operations and strategic planning. He possesses in-depth knowledge in investment, manufacturing, financial services, property development, gaming and hospitality industry.

Whang Sun Tze Ph.D.

Whang Sun Tze Ph.D.

Aged 74, Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in 1984.

 

Dr. Whang holds a Doctorate Degree in Chemical Engineering. He is the brother-in-law of Mr. Kwek Leng Hai.

Tan Lim Heng

Tan Lim Heng

Aged 70, Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in 1997.

 

Mr. Tan is a Non-executive Director of GGL. Mr. Tan holds a Bachelor of Science first class honours degree in engineering from University of Surrey and a Master of Science degree in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had previously worked in Geneva in 1974 with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. He had also served in the Singapore Civil Service as a Colombo Plan Scholar from 1975 to 1978 before coming to work in Hong Kong with a financial services company and a major U.S. bank.  Mr. Tan has extensive experience in property investment, financial and investment management services.

Lo Kai Yiu, Anthony

Lo Kai Yiu, Anthony

Aged 70, Independent Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in December 2008. He is the Chairman of Board Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of Board Nomination Committee of the Company.

 

Mr. Lo is qualified as a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, Canada and a member of the HKICPA. Mr. Lo has over 30 years of experience in banking, finance and investments. He worked for a number of well-known financial institutions as managing director.

 

Mr. Lo also holds other directorships in a number of listed companies in Hong Kong including independent non-executive director, the audit committee chairman and members of the compensation and nomination committees of Playmates Holdings Limited; independent non-executive director, audit committee chairman and member of the remuneration committee of Tristate Holdings Limited; and independent non-executive director, audit committee chairman and member of the nomination committee of Convenience Retail Asia Limited.

Au Chee Ming

Au Chee Ming

Aged 67, Independent Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in August 2009. He is the Chairman of Board Remuneration Committee and a member of Board Nomination Committee of the Company. 

 

Mr. Au holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Finance from The University of Calgary, Canada. Mr. Au has over 30 years of experience in banking and finance sectors. He worked for a number of world-wide banks and financial institutions.

Huang Lester Garson, SBS, J.P.

Huang Lester Garson, SBS, J.P.

Aged 59, was appointed as an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in November 2013. He is a member of the Board Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Board Remuneration Committee of the Company.

 

Mr. Huang is a practicing solicitor and notary public, and is currently a managing partner of P. C. Woo & Co., a solicitor’s firm in Hong Kong. Mr. Huang became a qualified solicitor of Hong Kong in March 1985 and has over 30 years of post qualification experience. Mr. Huang graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Hong Kong in 1982 and a Master of Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2006.

 

In 2002, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“The Government of HKSAR”) appointed Mr. Huang as a Justice of the Peace.  In July 2018, The Government of HKSAR awarded him a Silver Bauhinia Star for his public service.

 

Mr. Huang serves as a member of the Hospital Authority.  He is also a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission and the chairman of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research.  Mr. Huang was appointed by the Chief Executive as Chairman of Council of City University of Hong Kong for a term of three years with effect from 1 January 2018.  He was President of the Law Society of Hong Kong from 2007 to 2009.

 

Mr. Huang is an independent non-executive director, the remuneration committee chairman, the audit committee member and the nomination committee member of Kidsland International Holdings Limited.