Directors’ Profiles

Kwek Leng Hai

Kwek Leng Hai

Aged 69, 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 GuoLine Capital Assets Limited (“GCA”), the ultimate holding company of the Company.  He is the Executive Chairman of Guoco Group Limited (“GGL”), a subsidiary of GCA and listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“Stock Exchange”).  He is also a Non-executive director of GuocoLand Limited (“GuocoLand”, GGL’s subsidiary listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (“SGX-ST”)).  He is the Non-executive chairman of GL Limited (“GL”, GGL’s subsidiary) which was privatized and delisted from the Official List of SGX-ST on 14 June 2021.  He serves as a Non-executive director of Hong Leong Bank Berhad (“HLBB”, a listed subsidiary of Hong Leong Financial Group Berhad (“HLFG”), GGL’s associated company listed on Bursa Malaysia) and Bank of Chengdu Co., Ltd. which is an associated company of HLBB and listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

 

Mr. Kwek qualified as a chartered accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He 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.

Wong Cho Fai

Wong Cho Fai

Aged 55, Group Managing Director and Executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in July 2020.

 

On 10 November 2022, Mr. Wong was re-designated to Group Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Company.  His position as an Executive Director of the Company remains unchanged.

 

Mr. Wong holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also completed the General Management Program in Harvard Business School.

 

Mr. Wong has more than 30 years of experiences in fast moving consumer goods in USA, Asia and particularly China. Mr. Wong has worked in several multinational Fortune 500 corporations, including Campbell Soup, S.C. Johnson, Coca Cola and Colgate Palmolive. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wong served as the President of Campbell Soup Greater China and the Managing Director of S.C. Johnson Greater China.

Chew Seong Aun

Chew Seong Aun

Aged 58, Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in January 2021.

 

Mr. Chew is the Executive Director and the Group Chief Financial Officer of GGL.

 

Mr. Chew is a director of GGL’s key listed subsidiaries and associated companies of the Company including as the non-executive director of The Rank Group Plc (listed on the London Stock Exchange) and GuocoLand.  He is also an executive director of GL.   Mr. Chew was the chairman of the board of directors of Hong Leong Asset Management Berhad, a subsidiary of HLFG, up to 18 October 2021.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Chew had been the chief financial officer of HLFG since 2006 and before that he had held various senior banking positions in the Middle East and Asia for over 10 years.

 

Mr. Chew obtained a Bachelor of Science (Eng) degree in Civil Engineering (Honours) in 1986 from Imperial College, University of London and is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He is also a member of Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers in Malaysia.  He has over 30 years of experience in finance and banking.

Whang Sun Tze Ph.D.

Whang Sun Tze Ph.D.

Aged 78, 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.

Lo Kai Yiu, Anthony

Lo Kai Yiu, Anthony

Aged 73, 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 and Board Remuneration 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 Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Mr. Lo has over 40 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, member of the remuneration and nomination committees of Tristate Holdings Limited; and independent non-executive director, audit committee chairman and member of the nomination committee of Convenience Retail Asia Limited.

 

In January 2022, Mr. Lo was appointed as an independent non-executive director and member of Sustainability Committee of Top Glove Corporation Bhd., a company listed on Bursa Malaysia and Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.  He retired as independent non-executive director of The Taiwan Fund, Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, in April 2018.

Huang Lester Garson, SBS, JP

Huang Lester Garson, SBS, JP

Aged 62, was appointed as an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in November 2013.  Mr. Huang is the Chairman of the Board Remuneration Committee and a member of the Board Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Company.

 

Mr. Huang is an independent non-executive director, the Chairman of the board remuneration committee and a member of the board audit and risk management committee of GGL.

 

Mr. Huang is a practicing solicitor and notary public, and is currently the Managing Partner and Co-Chairman of P. C. Woo & Co., a solicitor 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 degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1982 and a Master of Education degree 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 services.

 

Mr. Huang’s public roles include serving as the Chairman of the Council of City University of Hong Kong and the Social Welfare Advisory Committee of the Labour and Welfare Bureau.  He is also a director of Lei Foundation Limited (formerly known as “Faithful Servant Charitable Foundation Limited”), a Steward of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, a director of the Jockey Club CPS Limited, HKJC Horse Race Betting Limited and HKJC Lotteries Limited.  He is also a director of Pacific Basin Economic Council Limited.

 

Mr. Huang was admitted to the Roll of Honour of the Law Society of Hong Kong (“Law Society”) in May 2021.  Previously, he was the President of the Law Society from 2007 to 2009.  He was also a non-executive director of the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (“SFC”) and chaired the Investor and Financial Education Council (a subsidiary of the SFC).  Mr. Huang was also a member of the Hospital Authority and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Exchange Fund Advisory Committee as well as a non-executive director of the Urban Renewal Authority.  He also served as a member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service and other public positions.

 

Mr. Huang is an independent non-executive director, the remuneration committee chairman, an audit committee member and a nomination committee member of Kidsland International Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Stock Exchange.  Mr. Huang was also an independent non-executive director of Top Glove Corporation Bhd., a company listed on Bursa Malaysia and Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited until he resigned on 13 September 2022.

 

Ho Yuk Wai Joan

Ho Yuk Wai Joan

Aged 57, Independent Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in November 2019. She is a member of both the Board Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Board Nomination Committee of the Company.

 

Ms. Ho is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.  She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.  Ms. Ho graduated from Queen’s University, Canada with a bachelor’s degree (with honours) in Commerce.

 

Ms. Ho has over 30 years of experience in auditing and advisory services.  She was an audit partner of KPMG China financial services group between 2000 and 2015 and was also in charge of the firm’s internal audit, risk and compliance services for financial institutions and the accounting advisory services.  Ms. Ho has extensive experience in capital market transactions and conducting operational reviews of banks in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China.

 

Ms. Ho also serves as a member for a number of regulatory review tribunals and disciplinary panels.