Directors’ Profiles

Mr. Kwek Leng Hai

Mr. Kwek Leng Hai

Aged 70, 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 (“GCAL”), the ultimate holding company of the Company. He is the Executive Chairman of Guoco Group Limited (“GGL”), a subsidiary of GCAL 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 Securities Berhad (“Bursa Malaysia”))) and Bank of Chengdu Co., Ltd. (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.

Mr. Christian Karl Nothhaft

Mr. Christian Karl Nothhaft

Aged 58, Non-executive Director of the Company since appointment to the Board in April 2024.

 

Mr. Nothhaft is currently an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of GGL.

 

Mr. Nothhaft graduated from Munich University of Applied Science in Germany with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and also holds a Human Resources / Payroll Management Degree from DGFP (German Association for Human Resource Management). He has also attended the Harvard University YPO Presidents Program. Mr. Nothhaft has extensive experience in business management and advisory, strategic planning, retail, consumer products, network rollouts, e-commerce, digital transformation, people management, ESG and compliance.

 

Mr. Nothhaft is an independent non-executive director of DFI Retail Group Holdings Limited, with primary listing on London Stock Exchange and secondary listings in Singapore and Bermuda. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Watsons Personal Care Stores, China and the managing director of Watsons Wine and Fortress Hong Kong. Before that, he was the regional managing director of Movenpick (Asia Restaurants Group).

 

Mr. Whang Sun Tze Ph.D.

Mr. Whang Sun Tze Ph.D.

Aged 79, 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.

Mr. Lo Kai Yiu, Anthony

Mr. Lo Kai Yiu, Anthony

Aged 74, 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.

 

Mr. Lo was 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, until 3 October 2022. He retired as independent non-executive director of The Taiwan Fund, Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, in April 2018.

Mr. Huang Lester Garson, SBS, JP

Mr. Huang Lester Garson, SBS, JP

Aged 63, 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 contributions to 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 (“HKJC”) and a director of certain group companies of HKJC. 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 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 of Kidsland International Holdings Limited (listed on the Stock Exchange). He was also an independent non-executive director of Top Glove Corporation Bhd. (listed on Bursa Malaysia and Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited) until 13 September 2022.

Ms. Ho Yuk Wai Joan

Ms. Ho Yuk Wai Joan

Aged 58, 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 is currently an independent non-executive director of several other companies, and she also serves as a member for a number of regulatory review tribunals and disciplinary panels.