Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance

Board of Directors

Executive Directors

Mr. Pan Sutong Chairman of the Board and Executive Director
Mr. Pan, aged 55, is a controlling shareholder, the Chairman of the Board and an executive Director, the chairman of the corporate governance committee and a member of the nomination committee of the Company, respectively. He had been a non-executive Director since December 2008, and was re-designated from non-executive Director to executive Director in November 2014. He is also a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company. He is responsible for the overall strategic planning of the Group. He has accumulated extensive experience in trading, finance and property development. Mr. Pan is also the chairman, chief executive officer and executive director of Goldin Properties Holdings Limited.
Mr. Zhou Xiaojun
Mr. Zhou, aged 44, was appointed as an executive Director and a member of the corporate governance committee of the Company in March 2016. He is also a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Zhou acted as legal counsel and held senior management posts in various corporations in the PRC, Hong Kong and Singapore. Mr. Zhou graduated from Dalian Maritime University with a bachelor degree in International Maritime Law. Mr. Zhou has accumulated extensive experience in corporate administration, finance, legal, international trade and public relations. He is currently an executive director of Goldin Properties Holdings Limited.
Mr. Huang Rui
Mr. Huang, aged 50, was appointed as an executive Director in May 2019. He has joined the Company in May 2017. He is in charge of the corporate financing activities of the Group. He had served at various financial institutions and accumulated extensive practical experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Huang was the executive director and the chief executive officer of Huarong International Financial Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange. From June 2009 to June 2016, Mr. Huang was the assistant general manager of CMB Wing Lung Bank Ltd, a director of Wing Lung Bank (Nominees) Limited and a director of Yantai Bank Co., Ltd. From June 2005 to May 2009, he was an executive director and the senior executive vice president of Chinese Mercantile Bank. Prior to this, Mr. Huang had served as the deputy head of the corporate banking department of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited, and various department managers of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Yunnan Province Branch.

Mr. Huang holds a Master Degree of Business Administration from University of South Australia and a Bachelor Degree of Science from Tianjin University.
Ms. Hui Wai Man, Shirley
Ms. Hui, aged 51, was appointed as an independent non-executive Director, the chairman of the audit committee, and a member of the remuneration committee of the Company in June 2006 respectively. She was appointed as a member of the nomination committee of the Company in March 2012. She was re-designated from independent non-executive Director to executive Director on 1 May 2019. Ms. Hui is a practising accountant in Hong Kong. She has over 25 years of experience in public accounting and corporate finance. She is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries.

Ms. Hui was (i) the non-executive director and chairman of Eco-Tek Holdings Limited (ceased on 27 April 2017), which was listed on the GEM Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”), and (ii) an independent non-executive director of Fresh Express Delivery Holdings Group Co., Limited (ceased on 1 December 2016) and Mingyuan Medicare Development Company Limited (ceased on 18 August 2017), companies listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange, respectively.

Independent Non-executive Directors

Hon. Shek Lai Him Abraham (GBS, JP)
Hon. Shek, aged 73, was appointed as an independent non-executive Director in January 2017. He is also the chairman of the nomination committee of the Company. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in University of Sydney. He is currently a member of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR. Hon. Shek is also a member of the Court of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a member of the Court and the Council of The University of Hong Kong and a non-executive director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority.

He currently holds directorship in a number of listed companies on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange: (i) the vice chairman and an independent non-executive director of ITC Properties Group Limited; and (ii) an independent non-executive director of China Resources Cement Holdings Limited, Chuang’s China Investments Limited, Chuang’s Consortium International Limited, Cosmopolitan International Holdings Limited, Country Garden Holdings Company Limited, CSI Properties Limited, Eagle Asset Management (CP) Limited (the Manager of Champion Real Estate Investment Trust), Everbright Grand China Assets Limited, Hop Hing Group Holdings Limited, Lai Fung Holdings Limited, Lifestyle International Holdings Limited, NWS Holdings Limited, Paliburg Holdings Limited, Regal Portfolio Management Limited (the Manager of Regal Real Estate Investment Trust) and SJM Holdings Limited respectively.

Hon. Shek was an independent non-executive director of the listed companies on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange: Dorsett Hospitality International Limited (which had been withdrawn from listing in October 2015), TUS International Limited (ceased on 6 January 2017), ITC Corporation Limited (now known as PT International Development Corporation Limited) (ceased on 28 March 2017 at 4pm), Midas International Holdings Limited (ceased on 26 January 2018 at 4pm) and MTR Corporation Limited (ceased on 22 May 2019) respectively.
Mr. Wong Wai Leung, Joseph
Mr. Wong, aged 63, has been appointed as an independent non-executive Director, the chairman of the audit committee, member of each of the remuneration committee and nomination committee of the Company respectively with effect from 1 May 2019. Mr. Wong has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry. He started his career at Big Four auditing firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Hong Kong (“Deloitte”). At Deloitte, he was engaged in a wide spectrum of business domains, including initial public offerings, taxation, and asset protection plans for high net worth individuals. Subsequently, he worked at Credit Agricole (Suisse), Hong Kong, where he advised clients on wealth management. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is a member of the Hong Kong Independent Non-Executive Director Association and Singapore Institute of Directors.

Mr. Wong is currently an Independent Director of Cordlife Group Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of Singapore Stock Exchange. He was an Independent Director of BORQS Technologies Inc, a company listed on NASDAQ Stock Exchange of the United States (ceased on 2 January 2019). Save as disclosed, Mr. Wong did not hold directorships in any other public listed companies in Hong Kong or overseas in the past three years nor did he hold any other major appointments.
Mr. Tang Yiu Wing
Mr. Tang, aged 51, was appointed as an independent non-executive Director in September 2006. He is also the chairman of the remuneration committee and a member of the audit committee of the Company respectively. Mr. Tang is a practising solicitor in Hong Kong. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Laws, a postgraduate certificate in Laws from The University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree in Laws from The City University of Hong Kong. He is a member of The Law Society of Hong Kong and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.

Mr. Tang is currently an independent non-executive director of (i) Jete Power Holdings Limited and Zhejiang United Investment Holdings Group Limited, companies listed on the GEM Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and (ii) Universe International Financial Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, respectively. He was an independent non-executive director of KSL Holdings Limited (ceased on 21 May 2018), a company listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Ms. Gao Min
Ms. Gao, aged 43, was appointed as an independent non-executive Director in November 2012. She is also a member of the audit committee, nomination committee and remuneration committee of the Company respectively. Ms. Gao is the executive director of a private consulting corporation in China and a partner of a private asset management company in China. She was a partner of BDO China Shu Lun Pan Certified Public Accountants LLP (“BDO”). She graduated from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with a major in investment management and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Fudan University. Prior to joining BDO, Ms. Gao was an audit manager of Shenzhen Dahua CPAs and the chief financial officer of a private corporation in China. She has over 10 years of professional experience in public accounting. She is a member of The Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Ms. Gao is proficient in financial management, auditing and consulting for public corporations in China.