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Executive Directors

Mr. YAN Jianguo
Chairman and Executive Director

Aged 54, graduated from Chongqing Institute of Architectural and Engineering (now known as Chongqing University) majoring in Industrial and Civil Construction in 1989, and obtained an MBA degree from Guanghua School of Management in Peking University in 2000 and a PhD degree in Marketing from Wuhan University in 2017. Mr. Yan joined 中國建築集團有限公司(China State Construction Engineering Corporation) in 1989 and had been seconded to the Company twice. During the year 1990 to 1992, he had been working for the Shenzhen Branch of China Overseas Development Group Co., Ltd.* (the “Property Group”, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, formerly known as China Overseas Property Group Co., Ltd.*) and had held a number of positions, including site engineer and department head. He was assigned to the Company again from 2001 to 2011 and had been Assistant General Manager of Guangzhou Branch, Deputy General Manager of Shanghai Branch, General Manager of Suzhou Branch, General Manager of Shanghai Branch, Vice Managing Director of the Property Group and President of Northern China Region. Mr. Yan had worked in 中國建築集團有限公司 (China State Construction Engineering Corporation) from 2011 to June 2014 and had been Director of the General Office, General Manager of Information Management Department, Chief Information Officer and Assistant General Manager.

Mr. Yan joined Longfor Properties Co. Ltd. in June 2014 (listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”), Stock Code: 960) and resigned on 5 December 2016. During the period, he had held a number of positions including Executive Director and the Senior Vice President. Mr. Yan was appointed Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 1 January 2017 and has become Chairman of the Company and continues to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from 13 June 2017. Mr. Yan ceased to act concurrently as Chief Executive Officer of the Company on 11 February 2020.

Besides acting as the Chairman and Executive Director of the Company, Mr. Yan is currently Chairman and President of China Overseas Holdings Limited and a director of certain of its subsidiaries, and also a director of the subsidiaries of the Company. Mr. Yan has also been appointed as Chairman and Non-Executive Director of China State Construction International Holdings Limited on 22 March 2019. Mr. Yan resigned as the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of China Overseas Property Holdings Limited and the Chairman of China Overseas Grand Oceans Group Limited (“COGO”) on 11 February 2020, and continues to act as Non-Executive Director of COGO. China Overseas Holdings Limited is the substantial shareholder of the Company within the meaning of the SFO. He has about 30 years’ experience in construction business, real estate investment and management.

* English translation for identification purpose only.

Mr. LUO Liang
Vice Chairman, Executive Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Architect

Aged 56, graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, holder of a master’s degree, and a Professor Level Senior Architect. He joined the Group in 1999. Mr. Luo has been appointed as the Chief Architect of the Group and one of its subsidiaries from 18 October 2002 and 2 February 2018 respectively, the Executive Director of the Company from 22 March 2007, the Vice President of the Company in August 2009, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from 26 May 2017 and the Vice Chairman of the Company from 11 February 2020. Besides acting as the Vice Chairman, Executive Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Architect of the Company, Mr. Luo is currently a Director of certain subsidiaries of the Group. Mr. Luo has about 31 years’ architectural experience.

Mr. ZHANG Zhichao
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Aged 41, graduated from the Southeast University majoring in Construction Engineering in 2001. Upon graduation, he joined the Shanghai Branch of the Property Group, and since then, he worked in various business units within the Property Group, such as engineering department, investment planning department, and acted as Deputy General Manager of Suzhou Branch, General Manager of Hefei Branch, General Manager of Wuxi Branch, and General Manager of Suzhou Branch. Mr. Zhang has been serving as Assistant President of the Company and General Manager of Northern China regional companies since May 2017, and in January 2019, he was appointed as Vice President of the Company. With effect from 11 February 2020, Mr. Zhang has also been appointed as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Zhang has about 19 years’ experience in property development and corporate management.

Mr. GUO Guanghui
Executive Director and Vice President

Aged 47, graduated from Nanjing University of Science & Technology, holder of a master’s degree, and is a senior accountant and a non-practising member of The Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He joined the Company and its subsidiaries in 2006 and is currently the Vice President of the Company and a director of certain subsidiaries of the Group. Mr. Guo has about 25 years’ management experience in corporate finance and accounting. He was appointed an executive Director of the Company with effect from 12 June 2018.

Non-Executive Directors

Mr. CHANG Ying 
Non-Executive Director

Aged 47, holds a master’s degree from the University of New South Wales in Australia and a master’s degree from Southeast University in the PRC. Mr. Chang was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Company from 15 September 2016. He joined CITIC Real Estate Co., Ltd. in April 2006 and was Executive Vice President of CITIC Real Estate Co., Ltd. and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CITIC Real Estate (Beijing) Investment Co., Ltd., the Deputy General Manager of Strategic Development Department of CITIC Limited before 31 December 2017. He is currently the vice chairman of CITIC Urban Development & Operation Co., Ltd.. Mr. Chang has about 20 years’ extensive experience in real estate and investment industry.

Mr. ZHUANG Yong
Vice Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Aged 44, graduated from the Chongqing University majoring in international corporate management in 2000, and obtained a master of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 2007 from Chongqing University. Mr. Zhuang joined the Property Group in 2000 and since then, he worked in various business units within the Property Group, such as, human resources department, sales and marketing management department, and acted as the Deputy General Manager of the Shanghai Branch, General Manager of the Nanjing Branch, General Manager of the Suzhou Branch and Assistant General Manager of the Western China regional companies. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Zhuang served as the Assistant President of the Company and General Manager of Northern China regional companies, Vice President of the Company, and since October 2018, as General Manager of the South China regional companies. With effect from 11 February 2020, Mr. Zhuang has also been appointed as the Non-Executive Director and Vice Chairman of the Board, and the chairman of the board of directors and executive director of COGO (which is an associate of the Company and listed on the Stock Exchange). Mr. Zhuang has about 20 years’ experience in corporate management.

Independent Non-Executive Directors

Dr. FAN HSU Lai Tai, Rita
GBM, GBS, JP
Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee

Aged 74, joined the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 2 February 2009 and has served the Company for about 11 years. Dr. Fan is also a Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee of the Company and has been appointed as Chairman of the Nomination Committee of the Company on 2 February 2009. She is one of Hong Kong’s best-known public figures and has an outstanding track record of service to the community. Dr. Fan was appointed to the Legislative Council from 1983 to 1992 and was a Member of the Executive Council from 1989 to 1992. She became the President of the Provisional Legislative Council in 1997, and has since been re-elected as the President of the First, Second and Third Legislative Council. Her term of office ended on 30 September 2008. Dr. Fan has served as President of the legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) for 11 years.

In the lead-up to Hong Kong’s reunification with China, Dr. Fan played a valuable role as a Member of the Preliminary Working Committee for the Preparatory Committee for the HKSAR from 1993 to 1995 and of the Preparatory Committee for the HKSAR from 1995 to 1997. She was elected as a Hong Kong Deputy for the Ninth to Twelfth sessions of the National People’s Congress (“NPC”) during 1998 to 2018, and served as a Member of the Eleventh and Twelfth sessions of the Standing Committee of the NPC from 2008 to 2018. Dr. Fan was elected the Chairman of the council of Endeavour Education Centre Limited from March 2016.

After graduating from St. Stephen’s Girls’ College, Dr. Fan studied at the University of Hong Kong, and was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Science, and later on, received a master’s degree in Social Science. She also received the Honorary Doctorate in Social Science from the University of Hong Kong, the City University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the Education University of Hong Kong respectively, and an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the China University of Political Science and Law of the People’s Republic of China. Her record of public service has been acknowledged by the HKSAR Government through the award of the Gold Bauhinia Star in 1998 and Hong Kong’s top award, the Grand Bauhinia Medal, in 2007.

She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director, a Member of the Audit Committee, the Nomination Committee and the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (formerly known as COSCO Pacific Limited); and an Independent Non-Executive Director, the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Nomination Committee of The Bank of East Asia, Limited.

She served as an Independent Non-Executive Director, a Member of the Nomination Committee, the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of China Shenhua Energy Company Limited; and an Independent Non- Executive Director, a Member of the Nomination Committee and the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of COSCO SHIPPING Holdings Co., Ltd.* (formerly known as China COSCO Holdings Company Limited).

* English translation for identification only.

Mr. LI Man Bun, Brian David
JP, MA (Cantab), MBA, FCA
Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Member of the Nomination Committee, Member of the Remuneration Committee

Aged 45, Mr. Li joined the Board as an Independent Non- Executive Director of the Company on 19 March 2013 and was appointed Chairman and Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Member of the Nomination Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee on the same day. Mr. Li is Co-Chief Executive of The Bank of East Asia, Limited (“BEA”), responsible for the overall management and control of BEA with a particular focus on its China and international businesses. Mr. Li joined BEA in 2002 and served as General Manager & Head of Wealth Management Division from July 2004 to March 2009. Mr. Li was subsequently appointed Deputy Chief Executive in April 2009, Executive Director in August 2014, and Co-Chief Executive of BEA in July 2019.

Mr. Li is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board Audit and Risk Committee of Towngas China Company Limited, and an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Shenzhen Investment Holdings Bay Area Development Company Limited (formerly known as Hopewell Highway Infrastructure Limited).

Mr. Li holds a number of public and honorary positions, including being a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a member of the Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation & Strategic Development of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a Council Member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, a Director of the Financial Services Development Council, a member of the Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of St. James’ Settlement.

He is a member of the Hong Kong-Europe Business Council and, a member of the Hongkong-Japan Business Co-operation Committee. He is also a Vice Chairman of the Asian Financial Cooperation Association and a member of the Financial Consulting Committee for the Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen- Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen.

Mr. Li is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also a Full Member of the Treasury Markets Association. Mr. Li holds an MBA degree from Stanford University and a BA degree from the University of Cambridge.

Professor CHAN Ka Keung, Ceajer
GBS, JP
Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Member of the Nomination Committee

Professor Chan is the chairman of WeLab Bank Limited and senior advisor of WeLab Holdings Limited, a leading fintech company in Asia with one of the first virtual banks established in Hong Kong. He was appointed as Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from July 2007 to June 2017. Prior to that, he was Dean of Business and Management in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is currently Adjunct Professor at HKUST Business School.

Professor Chan received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago. He specialised in assets pricing, evaluation of trading strategies and market efficiency and has published numerous articles on these topics.

Professor Chan is a member of Competition Commission and Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited. In the past, he held a number of public service positions including Chairman of the Consumer Council, Director of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, and Member of the Commission on Strategic Development, Commission on Poverty, the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee, and the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation.

In addition, Professor Chan is also an independent non-executive director of Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited (listed on the Stock Exchange, stock code: 1788), Langham Hospitality Investments and Langham Hospitality Investments Limited (listed on the Stock Exchange, stock code: 1270). He is also a non-executive director of Tricor Group, an independent non-executive director of CMB International Capital Corporation Limited and Greater Bay Area Homeland Investments Limited. Professor Chan was a non-executive director of MTR Corporation Limited (listed on the Stock Exchange, stock code: 66) from 2007 to July 2017.

(Updated on October 21, 2020)