Executive Director & Chairman
Mr. Erik D. Prince has been appointed as an executive director and the Chairman of the Company since 10 January 2014. He is also chairman of the Nomination Committee and a committee member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company.
Mr. Prince is a US-born entrepreneur, philanthropist, military veteran and private equity investor with business interests in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America in the fields of logistics, aviation services, manufacturing, natural resources development and energy. He is the founder and chairman of Frontier Resource Group, a private equity firm active across the African continent in areas such as exploration, mining and energy development. Mr. Prince is the founder of Blackwater, a global private security company, which he sold in 2010 after successfully growing the company over the course of more than a decade into the premier provider of global security and logistics solutions to the United States Government and others. In addition, Mr. Prince purchased Presidential Airways in 2003 and grew it from a one-plane operation into a global logistics and aviation business with over 70 fixed and rotary wing aircraft operating in Africa, the Middle East and North America; he sold the company in 2010. Mr. Prince was educated at Hillsdale College. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a Navy SEAL officer until 1996.
Mr Ko Chun Shun
Executive Director & Deputy Chairman
Mr. Ko Chun Shun, Johnson, has been an executive director of the Company since 1998 and a Deputy Chairman of the Company since January 2014. He is also a director of various subsidiaries of the Company and is a committee member of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Company. Mr. Ko is a non-executive of Yunfeng Financial Group Limited (formerly known as REORIENT GROUP LIMITED) and an executive director of KuangChi Science Limited, both of which are listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”). In December 2016, he was appointed as an independent non-executive director, a committee member of the audit committee and the chairman of the remuneration committee of Meitu, Inc., which is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange. Mr. Ko has extensive experience in direct investment, merger and acquisition, TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology), advertising, electronic manufacturing service, financial service and property investment.
Executive Director & Deputy Chairman
Mr. Luo Ning has been an executive director of the Company since October 2006 and was appointed as a Deputy Chairman of the Company on 10 January 2014. Mr. Luo is currently an assistant president of CITIC Group Corporation, a substantial shareholder of the Company, a deputy-chairman of CITIC Guoan Group, the chairman and general manager of CITIC Networks Co., Ltd, and the chairman of CITIC Guoan Information Industry Company Limited (a public company listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”)). He is a non-executive director of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited and an executive director of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited, both of which are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange. Mr. Luo is also a non-executive director of Lajin Entertainment Network Group Limited, which is listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange. He also holds directorships in several other subsidiaries of CITIC Group Corporation. Mr. Luo has extensive experience in telecommunication business and holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication Specialty from The Wuhan People’s Liberation Army Institute of Communication Command in the PRC.
Executive Director & CEO
Dr. Hua Dongyi has been appointed as an executive director and the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Company since 26 July 2016. On 22 March 2017, he has been re-designated as the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He is also an executive director of VDM Group Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, and an independent non-executive director of Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited in Auckland, New Zealand. Dr. Hua graduated from the Chengdu University of Technology (formerly known as Chengdu College of Geology) with a Bachelor Degree in Engineering in 1984, and also received his Master Degree and Doctoral Degree in Engineering from the China University of Geosciences in 1990 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Hua has over 20 years’ experience in international engineering project bidding, international contract management of consulting projects, project management, project evaluation, cost and risk management and planning, organizing, implementing, operating of major infrastructure projects and constructing and developing of large mining projects.
Mr. Hu Qinggang has been an executive director of the Company since October 2006. He is also a director of various subsidiaries of the Company. He has extensive experience in the finance field and had worked in the Finance Department of CITIC Group Corporation, a substantial shareholder of the Company, as the deputy director of the Finance and Planning Division. Mr. Hu holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Beijing University of Technology and a Master Degree in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics in the PRC.
Dr. Harold O. Demuren
Dr Harold O. Demuren has served as an independent non-executive director of the Company since 2014. He is also a committee member of the Audit Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Company. Dr. Demuren is an aeronautical engineer and the Chief Executive Officer of Harold Demuren Consulting. With over 45 years of experience in both the public and private sectors of the aviation industry, Dr. Demuren has been a strong proponent of aviation safety and security, especially advocating and spreading safety regulatory oversight on the African continent. He was the chief executive officer of Afrijet Airlines, a successful cargo airline, which had strategic alliances with foreign partners servicing Africa, Europe and the Americas from 1998 to 2005. He is the founder of Evergreen Apple Nigeria, the first fully integrated fixed based operations and maintenance facility hangar in Nigeria. He was appointed as the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority from 2005 to 2013 and was the first to provide vital information to the public on the failed attempt of the “Christmas Day Bomber” in 2009. He successfully attained US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category One Certification for Nigeria and was the first African to be elected as the President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) General Assembly in Montreal in 2010. For his contribution to aviation safety globally, Dr. Demuren has received numerous awards including the 2010 Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Award and the 2014 FSF-Boeing Aviation Safety Lifetime Achievement Award from Flight Safety Foundation. Dr Demuren holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Kiev Institute of Aeronautical Engineers in the former Soviet Union and a Doctor of Science degree in the field of gas turbines, specialising in aircraft jet engines, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Lee Hau Leung
Professor Lee Hau Leung has served as an independent non-executive director of the Company since 2014. He is also the chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a committee member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination Committee of the Company. Professor Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His areas of specialisation include supply chain management, information technology, global logistics system design, inventory planning, and manufacturing strategy. He is the founding and current co-director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative. He was elected a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He obtained his Bachelor of Social Science degree in Economics and Statistics from The University of Hong Kong in 1974, his Master of Science degree in Operational Research from the London School of Economics in 1975, and his Master of Science and PhD degrees in Operations Research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2006 and an Honorary Doctorate from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in 2008. Professor Lee is an independent non-executive director of 1010 Printing Group Limited and Global Brands Group Holding Limited, both of which are listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange. He is also an independent external director of Synnex Corporation, a public company listed on The New York Stock Exchange in the United States, and an independent non-executive director of Esquel Enterprises Limited, a private company based in Hong Kong.
Yap Fat Suan
Mr. Yap Fat Suan, Henry, has been an independent non-executive director of the Company since 2004. He is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a committee member of the Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company. Mr. Yap holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, in the United Kingdom. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has extensive experience in finance and accounting. He retired as the managing director of Johnson Matthey Hong Kong Limited in June 2007 and prior to that appointment he was the general manager of Sun Hung Kai Development (China) Limited. He is also an independent non-executive director of Concord New Energy Group Limited, which is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange, and Brockman Mining Limited, which is listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities Exchange.