Board of Directors

Executive Directors

Each of the executive directors of the Company named below holds directorship in a number of subsidiaries of the Company and all of them (except Mr. Cheng Shin How and Mr. Lee Tze Yan, Ernest) hold directorship in all or certain of the Company’s listed affiliates, namely Lai Sun Garment (International) Limited (“LSG”), Lai Sun Development Company Limited (“LSD”) and eSun Holdings Limited (“eSun”). The issued shares of LSG, LSD and eSun are listed and traded on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (“Stock Exchange”). eSun is the ultimate holding company of the Company while LSD is the controlling shareholder of eSun and LSG is the ultimate holding company of LSD.

Mr. Chew Fook Aun (Chairman)

Mr. Chew Fook Aun, Chairman, aged 54, has been the Chairman of the Board since 1 November 2012. He was appointed an Executive Director of the Company on 5 June 2012 and is currently a member of both the Executive Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Company. Mr. Chew is also a deputy chairman and an executive director of LSG, the deputy chairman and an executive director of LSD as well as an executive director of eSun.

Prior to joining the Lai Sun Group, Mr. Chew was an executive director and the group chief financial officer of Esprit Holdings Limited (“Esprit”) from 1 February 2009 to 1 May 2012, and an executive director and the chief financial officer of The Link Management Limited (now known as Link Asset Management Limited), acting as manager of The Link Real Estate Investment Trust (now known as Link Real Estate Investment Trust (“Link REIT”)), from February 2007 to January 2009. He was also the chief financial officer of Kerry Properties Limited (“Kerry Properties”) from 1996 to 2004, a director of corporate finance for Kerry Holdings Limited from 1998 to 2004 and an executive director of Kyard Limited in charge of the property portfolio of a private family office from 2004 to 2007. The issued shares of Esprit and Kerry Properties and the issued units of Link REIT are listed and traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

Mr. Chew has over 30 years of experience in accounting, auditing and finance in the United Kingdom (“UK”) and Hong Kong. He graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London in the UK with a Bachelor of Science (Economics) Degree. Mr. Chew is a fellow member of both the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (“HKICPA”) and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He was also a council member of the HKICPA and its vice president in 2010. Mr. Chew is currently a member of the Operations Review Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (“ICAC”) and a member of the Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal Panel, both being organisations established in Hong Kong. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission, the Corruption Prevention Advisory Committee of the ICAC, the Standing Committee on Company Law Reform of the Companies Registry and a council member of the Financial Reporting Council.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Dr. Lam Kin Ming (Deputy Chairman)

Dr. Lam Kin Ming, Deputy Chairman, aged 79, was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in September 1997. Dr. Lam is the chairman and an executive director of LSG, a non-executive director of LSD and the chairman, the chief executive officer and an executive director of Crocodile Garments Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

Dr. Lam received an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the International American University in the United States of America in 2009 and was admitted as Honorary Doctorate of Management of the Lincoln University in the United States of America in February 2014. He has extensive experience in property development and investment and garment businesses and has been involved in the management of the garment business since 1958.

Dr. Lam is the elder brother of Dr. Lam Kin Ngok, Peter (a substantial shareholder of the Company within the meaning of Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance, Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong) and Mr. Lam Kin Hong, Matthew (Executive Deputy Chairman of the Company) and an uncle of Mr. Lam Hau Yin, Lester (Chief Executive Officer of the Company).

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Lam Kin Hong, Matthew (Executive Deputy Chairman)

Mr. Lam Kin Hong, Matthew, Executive Deputy Chairman, aged 48, was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in December 2001. Mr. Lam is an executive director of LSG and Crocodile Garments Limited (a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange).

Mr. Lam graduated from University College London in the United Kingdom with a Bachelor of Science Degree and underwent training as a lawyer with Reed Smith Richards Butler, an international law firm. He is a Co-founding Partner and Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody CWL in Hong Kong and a member of The Law Society of Hong Kong and The Law Society of England and Wales.

Mr. Lam has considerable experience in property development and corporate finance in Hong Kong and Mainland China. He is the vice president cum chairman of the Hong Kong Real Property Federation cum Yangtze River Delta Region, a standing committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (“CPPCC”) in Shanghai and a standing committee member of the CPPCC in Shantou, Guangdong Province.

Mr. Lam serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Hong Kong. He is also a Council Member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Mr. Lam was a member of the management committee of the Consumer Legal Action Fund of the Consumer Council in Hong Kong.

Mr. Lam is the younger brother of Dr. Lam Kin Ming (Deputy Chairman of the Company) and Dr. Lam Kin Ngok, Peter (a substantial shareholder of the Company within the meaning of Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance, Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong) and an uncle of Mr. Lam Hau Yin, Lester (Chief Executive Officer of the Company).

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Lam Hau Yin, Lester (Chief Executive Officer)

Mr. Lam Hau Yin, Lester, Chief Executive Officer, aged 35, was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in April 2005 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Company. He is also an executive director of LSG, LSD and eSun as well as an alternate director to Madam U Po Chu in her capacity as an executive director of LSG.

Mr. Lam holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree from the Northeastern University in Boston of the United States of America. He completed the Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA program in July 2016. Mr. Lam has acquired working experience since 1999 in various companies engaged in securities investment, hotel operations, environmental products, entertainment and property development and investment.

Mr. Lam is a son of Dr. Lam Kin Ngok, Peter (a substantial shareholder of the Company within the meaning of Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance, Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong), a nephew of Dr. Lam Kin Ming (Deputy Chairman of the Company) and Mr. Lam Kin Hong, Matthew (Executive Deputy Chairman of the Company) and a grandson of Madam U Po Chu (Executive Director of the Company).

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Cheng Shin How

Mr. Cheng Shin How, aged 50, was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in June 2007 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Company.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cheng was the Regional Director of the Hong Kong and Macau office of CapitaLand Limited (“CapitaLand”, together with its subsidiaries, “CapitaLand Group”). He joined CapitaLand Group in 1999 and has been involved in CapitaLand Group’s real estate investment in Hong Kong, Macau and the Mainland of China. Prior to joining CapitaLand Limited, Mr. Cheng worked with CB Richard Ellis, an international property consultancy firm where he was involved in property valuation, development and investment consultancy. He has been involved in the PRC business since 1993. Mr. Cheng graduated with an Honours Degree in Land Management from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Lee Tze Yan, Ernest

Mr. Lee Tze Yan, Ernest, aged 52, was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in January 2015 and is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Company.

Mr. Lee joined the Lai Sun Group as Group Director – Project Development in June 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in the architectural and property development industries, holding senior positions. Prior to joining the Lai Sun Group, he was a senior project management executive of the Henderson Land Group for 18 years, supervising the execution and completion of numerous large-scale quality developments in both Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”).

Mr. Lee graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies degree. He also holds a post-graduate degree in Master of Business Administration from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in the United States of America. Mr. Lee has been a member of both the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), as well as an Authorized Person (List of Architects) and a Registered Architect in Hong Kong for over 20 years. He attained the qualifications of PRC Class 1 Registered Architect Qualification and BEAM Pro.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Madam U Po Chu

Madam U Po Chu, aged 91, was appointed an Executive Director of the Company in February 2003. She is also an executive director of LSG and a non-executive director of LSD and eSun.

Madam U has over 55 years of experience in the garment manufacturing business and had been involved in the printing business in the mid-1960’s. She started to expand the business to fabric bleaching and dyeing in the early 1970’s and became involved in property development and investment in the late 1980’s.

Madam U is the mother of Dr. Lam Kin Ngok, Peter (a substantial shareholder of the Company within the meaning of Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance, Chapter 571 of the Laws of Hong Kong), and the grandmother of Mr. Lam Hau Yin, Lester (Chief Executive Officer of the Company).

Updated: 19/10/2016

Non-executive Directors

Mr. Lucas Ignatius Loh Jen Yuh

Mr. Lucas Ignatius Loh Jen Yuh, aged 50, was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company in July 2010. He is presently a member of both the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Company.

Mr. Loh is currently a Director and Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd (“CapitaLand China”). CapitaLand China is the holding company of CapitaLand LF (Cayman) Holdings Co., Ltd. which is a substantial shareholder of the Company. CapitaLand China is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited (“CapitaLand”, together with its subsidiaries, “CapitaLand Group”), one of Asia’s largest listed real estate companies, headquartered and listed in Singapore. Mr. Loh has more than 10 years of experience in PRC’s real estate market. He joined the CapitaLand Group in September 2001 and has been based in PRC since August 2004. Prior to his current appointment as Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand China, Mr. Loh was a Deputy Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Investment Officer as well as Regional General Manager (South China) of CapitaLand China. He also held several appointments within the CapitaLand Group, including Managing Director for China of The Ascott Limited in the PRC.

Prior to joining the CapitaLand Group, Mr. Loh was an Associate Director for Private Equity Investment at Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, which is a substantial shareholder of CapitaLand, leading its private equity investment business in the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Loh began his career in 1991 as a real estate appraiser in Singapore. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Estate Management) Degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Oklahoma City University in the United States of America. He attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2013. Mr. Loh is also a director of Beautiwin Limited and Guangzhou Beautiwin Real Estate Development Co., Ltd, two joint venture companies in which each of the Company and CapitaLand China has an indirect 50% and 47.5% interest, respectively. Mr. Loh is currently a non-executive director and the vice-chairman of Central China Real Estate Limited, the issued shares of which are listed and traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Puah Tze Shyang (also alternate director to Mr. Lucas Ignatius Loh Jen Yuh)

Mr. Puah Tze Shyang, aged 45, was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company on 1 April 2017. Mr. Puah is also the alternate director to Mr. Lucas Ignatius Loh Jen Yuh, a Non-executive Director of the Company.

Mr. Puah is the Chief Investment Officer and the Regional General Manager, Southwest China (“RGM Southwest China”) of CapitaLand China Holdings Pte Ltd (“CapitaLand China”). CapitaLand China is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited (“CapitaLand”, together with its subsidiaries, “CapitaLand Group”), one of Asia’s largest listed real estate companies, headquartered and listed in Singapore. CapitaLand China is a long-term real estate developer of high quality homes, commercial properties and integrated developments in China. CapitaLand China is the holding company of CapitaLand LF (Cayman) Holdings Co., Ltd., a substantial shareholder of the Company.

As CapitaLand China’s Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Puah is responsible for CapitaLand China’s real estate investments, asset management and investment platforms. The investment platforms include the Raffles City China Fund, CapitaLand China Development Funds, CapitaLand Township Funds and Raffles City China Investment Partners III, with combined capital commitments of US$3.7 billion. Concurrently, as RGM Southwest China, Mr. Puah oversees a combined portfolio of seven residential projects and one integrated development in Chengdu, Wuxi, Xi’an and Shenyang. Mr. Puah also served as alternate council member for the Singapore-Sichuan Trade and Investment Council (SSTIC), as well as the Singapore-Liaoning Economic and Trade Council (SLETC).

Mr. Puah joined Surbana Corporation Pte Ltd (“Surbana Corporation”) in July 2003. Surbana Corporation became known as CapitaLand Township Holdings Pte. Ltd. (“CapitaLand Township”) after CapitaLand acquired a 40% stake in it in 2011, and CapitaLand subsequently raised its stake in CapitaLand Township to 100% in March 2015. From 2010 to March 2015, Mr. Puah was the Chief Executive Officer of CapitaLand Township Pte. Ltd. (formerly known as Surbana International Investment Pte. Ltd. from October 2006 to May 2007, and Surbana Land Pte. Ltd. from May 2007 to April 2013), a subsidiary of CapitaLand Township. On a regional basis, he has led the team to gross over RMB22 billion of residential sales, with La Botanica Township becoming the best-selling project in terms of residential unit sales in Xi’an from 2014 to 2016; Botanica Township was one of the top 10 best-selling projects in Chengdu in 2010. Under his stewardship, CapitaLand was also placed sixth in total residential sales for Chengdu city in 2016.

Mr. Puah started his career in real estate in 1997. Prior to joining Surbana Corporation, Mr. Puah was an Executive Engineer in the Housing and Development Board of Singapore (“HDB”), and he later helmed HDBuilders.com, a construction portal offering e-collaboration and e-procurement services for the real estate industry in Singapore. He was the industry pioneer for e-bidding for construction materials, having managed over S$350 million in online auctions during his time at HDBuilders from 2000 to 2003.

Mr. Puah received an overseas undergraduate scholarship from HDB and obtained his Masters of Engineering (First Class Honours) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in 1997. He was later awarded a Post-graduate scholarship from Surbana Corporation and obtained his Executive Masters of Business Administration (Honours) degree from Chicago Booth School of Business in 2010.

Mr. Puah is currently a non-executive director of Central China Real Estate Limited, a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.

Updated: 01/04/2017

 

Independent Non-executive Directors

Mr. Ku Moon Lun

Mr. Ku Moon Lun, aged 65, was appointed an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in June 2006 and is currently a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company.

Mr. Ku has more than 35 years of experience in the real estate industry. He is currently an independent non-executive director of Kerry Properties Limited (the issue shares of which are listed and traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange) and a non-executive director of Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd. in Singapore. Mr. Ku is a member of the Hospital Governing Committee of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong Hospital Authority. He is also a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors.

Mr. Ku was an independent non-executive director of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited in Singapore (until 31 August 2016) and an executive director of Davis Langdon & Seah International (“DLSI”), a property consultant firm, until the end of 2005 where he was responsible for formulating the policies and steering the direction of the DLSI group of companies. He was also the chairman of the board of directors of Davis Langdon & Seah Hong Kong Limited from 1995 to 2004. Mr. Ku was previously the chairman of Premas Hong Kong Limited, a facilities management company, from 2000 to 2002 and icFox International, an information technology company, from 2000 to 2003. He was a member of the Hospital Governing Committee of Tuen Mun Hospital, Hong Kong Hospital Authority.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Lam Bing Kwan

Mr. Lam Bing Kwan, aged 66, was appointed an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in July 2001 and is currently the chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of the Company.

Mr. Lam graduated from the University of Oregon in the United States of America with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in 1974. Having been actively involved in property development and investment in the People’s Republic of China since the mid-1980’s, he has substantial experience in this industry. Mr. Lam has served on the boards of directors of a number of listed companies in Hong Kong for over 10 years and is currently an independent non-executive director of LSG, LSD and eForce Holdings Limited as well as a non-executive director of Sino-i Technology Limited and Nan Hai Corporation Limited. The issued shares of all the aforesaid companies are listed and traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Law Kin Ho

Mr. Law Kin Ho, aged 49, was appointed an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in March 2009 and is currently the chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company.

Mr. Law is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom. He is an independent non-executive director of Creative China Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Stock Exchange.

Mr. Law has extensive experience in the auditing and accounting fields in Hong Kong and is currently a practicing certified public accountant in Hong Kong. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Law worked with Yuanta Securities (Hong Kong) Company Limited, the Stock Exchange and Ernst & Young.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Mak Wing Sum, Alvin

Mr. Mak Wing Sum, Alvin, aged 64, was appointed an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in November 2012. Mr. Mak is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants as well as a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is currently an independent non-executive director of I.T Limited, Luk Fook Holdings (International) Limited, Hong Kong Television Network Limited and Goldpac Group Limited. The issued shares of all the aforesaid companies are listed and traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange. Mr. Mak is also an independent non-executive director of Crystal International Limited. He was admitted as a member of Hong Kong Housing Society in May 2015.

After working in Citibank for over 26 years, Mr. Mak retired on 1 May 2012. He last served as the Head of Markets and Banking for Citibank Hong Kong, being the country business manager for corporate and investment banking business. In Citibank, he had held various senior positions including Head of Global Banking responsible for managing all the coverage bankers. Prior to that, he also managed the Hong Kong’s corporate finance business, regional asset management business and was the Chief Financial Officer of North Asia. Before joining Citibank in 1985, Mr. Mak was an audit group manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers). He worked for Coopers & Lybrand for eight years, five of which was in Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1976.

Updated: 19/10/2016

Mr. Shek Lai Him, Abraham

Mr. Shek Lai Him, Abraham, aged 71, was appointed an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in December 2012. He was appointed as Justice of the Peace in 1995 and awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star in July 2013. He has been a member of the Legislative Council for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), representing the real estate and construction functional constituency since 2000.

Mr. Shek acts as an independent non-executive director of a number of companies listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange, including Midas International Holdings Limited, Paliburg Holdings Limited, Lifestyle International Holdings Limited, Chuang’s Consortium International Limited, NWS Holdings Limited, ITC Corporation Limited, Country Garden Holdings Company Limited, MTR Corporation Limited, Hop Hing Group Holdings Limited, SJM Holdings Limited, China Resources Cement Holdings Limited, Cosmopolitan International Holdings Limited, Goldin Financial Holdings Limited (from 9 January 2017), Eagle Asset Management (CP) Limited acting as the manager of Champion Real Estate Investment Trust and Regal Portfolio Management Limited acting as the manager of Regal Real Estate Investment Trust. Moreover, he is the chairman and an independent non-executive director of Chuang’s China Investments Limited as well as the vice chairman and an independent non-executive director of ITC Properties Group Limited. Mr. Shek was an independent non-executive director of Hsin Chong Construction Group Ltd. (now known as Hsin Chong Group Holdings Limited), Dorsett Hospitality International Limited and TUS International Limited (until 5 January 2017).

Mr. Shek is also a non-executive director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority, a member of the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (from 1 January 2017), a Member of the Court and the Council of The University of Hong Kong and a Member of the Court of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council in Hong Kong, a member of the 5th Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of the PRC and a director of The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited. He graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Education.

Updated: 23/03/2017

Note: Directors' biographies are also disclosed in the Company's annual reports.
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