MA Huateng (Pony Ma)Chairman
Ma Huateng, age 49, is an executive director, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr Ma has overall responsibilities for strategic planning and positioning and management of the Group. Mr Ma is one of the core founders and has been employed by the Group since 1999. Prior to his current employment, Mr Ma was in charge of research and development for Internet paging system development at China Motion Telecom Development Limited, a supplier of telecommunications services and products in China. Mr Ma is a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress. Mr Ma has a Bachelor of Science degree specialising in Computer and its Application obtained in 1993 from Shenzhen University and more than 27 years of experience in the telecommunications and Internet industries. He is a director of Advance Data Services Limited, which has an interest in the shares of the Company which would fall to be disclosed to the Company under the provisions of Divisions 2 and 3 of Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance. Mr Ma also serves as a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company.
LAU Chi Ping (Martin Lau)Executive Director
Lau Chi Ping Martin, age 47, is an executive director and President of the Company. Mr Lau joined the Company in 2005 as the Chief Strategy and Investment Officer and was responsible for corporate strategies, investments, mergers and acquisitions and investor relations. In 2006, Mr Lau was promoted to President of the Company to manage the day-to-day operation of the Company. In 2007, he was appointed as an executive director of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Lau was an executive director at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C.’s investment banking division and the Chief Operating Officer of its Telecom, Media and Technology Group. Prior to that, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Inc. as a management consultant. Mr Lau received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. Mr Lau is currently a non-executive director of Kingsoft Corporation Limited, an Internet based software developer, distributor and software service provider, and Meituan (formerly known as Meituan Dianping), a leading eCommerce platform for services in China; both of these companies are publicly listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Mr Lau is also a director of Vipshop Holdings Limited, an online discount retailer company, and Tencent Music Entertainment Group, an online music entertainment platform in China; both of these companies are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr Lau is also a director of JD.com, Inc., an online direct sales company in China, that is listed on NASDAQ and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Mr Lau was a director of Leju Holdings Limited, an online-to-offline real estate services provider in China that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, up to 18 August 2020. Mr Lau also serves as a director/corporate representative of certain subsidiaries of the Company.
Jacobus Petrus (Koos) BekkerNon-Executive Director
Jacobus Petrus (Koos) Bekker, age 68, has been a non-executive director since November 2012. Koos led the founding team of the M-Net/MultiChoice pay-television business in 1985. He was also a founder director of MTN in cellular telephony. Koos headed the MIH group in its international and Internet expansions until 1997, when he became chief executive of Naspers, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange. He serves on the boards of other companies within the group and associates, as well as other bodies. In April 2015, he became non-executive chair. On 14 August 2019, he was appointed as non-executive chair of Prosus N.V., which is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Academic qualifications include BA Hons and honorary doctorate in commerce (Stellenbosch University), LLB (University of the Witwatersrand) and MBA (Columbia University, New York).
Charles St Leger SearleNon-Executive Director
Charles St Leger Searle, age 57, has been a non-executive director since June 2001. Mr Searle is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Naspers Internet Listed Assets. He serves on the board of a number of companies associated with the Naspers Group, including Mail.ru Group Limited that is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Mr Searle was a director of MakeMyTrip Limited that is listed on NASDAQ up to 30 August 2019. Prior to joining the Naspers Group, he held positions at Cable & Wireless plc and at Deloitte & Touche in London and Sydney. Mr Searle is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Searle has more than 27 years of international experience in the telecommunications and Internet industries. Mr Searle also serves as a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company.
Li Dong ShengIndependent Non-Executive Director
Li Dong Sheng, age 63, has been an independent non-executive director since April 2004. Mr Li is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TCL Technology Group Corporation that is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the Chairman and an executive director of TCL Electronics Holdings Limited that is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, both of which produce consumer electronic products. Mr Li graduated from South China University of Technology in 1982 with a Bachelor degree in radio technology and has more than 26 years of experience in the information technology field. Mr Li was an independent director of Legrand that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange Euronext up to 30 May 2018, and was also a non-executive director of Fantasia Holdings Group Co., Limited, a leading property developer and property related service provider in China that is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, up to 29 May 2020.
Ian Charles StoneIndependent Non-Executive Director
Ian Charles Stone, age 70, has been an independent non-executive director since April 2004. Mr Stone is currently an independent advisor on Technology, Media and Telecoms after retiring from PCCW in Hong Kong in 2011. His career in the last 31 years has been primarily in leading mobile telecoms businesses, and new wireless and Internet technology, during which time he held senior roles in PCCW, SmarTone, First Pacific, Hong Kong Telecom and CSL, as Chief Executive or at Director level, primarily in Hong Kong, and also in London and Manila. Since 2011, Mr Stone has provided telecoms advisory services to telecom companies and investors in Hong Kong (China), the Mainland of China, South East Asia and the Middle East. Mr Stone has more than 50 years of experience in the telecom and mobile industries. Mr Stone is a fellow member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Yang Siu ShunIndependent Non-Executive Director
Yang Siu Shun, age 65, has been an independent non-executive director since July 2016. Mr Yang is currently serving as a Member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong, a Member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, a Steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and an independent non-executive director of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited which is publicly listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Mr Yang retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers (“PwC”) on 30 June 2015. Before his retirement, he served as the Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC Hong Kong, the Executive Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC China and Hong Kong, one of the five members of the Global Network Leadership Team of PwC and the PwC Asia Pacific Chairman. Mr Yang also served as a Board Member and the Audit Committee Chairman of The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong (formerly known as Hang Seng Management College), up to 30 September 2018 and the Deputy Chairman of the Council of The Open University of Hong Kong (“OUHK”), up to 19 June 2019. Mr Yang graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1978 and was awarded the degree of Honorary Doctor of Social Sciences by OUHK in 2019. Mr Yang is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Ke YangIndependent Non-Executive Director
Ke Yang, age 65, has been an independent non-executive director since August 2019. Professor Ke is currently the Director of Laboratory of Genetics of Peking University Cancer Hospital and an international member of the United States National Academy of Medicine. Professor Ke is also Vice-president of the Peking University Alumni Association, President of the Peking University Health Science Center Alumni Association, Vice-president of the Chinese Medical Association, Vice-president of China Medical Women’s Association, President of the Health Professional Education Committee of the Chinese Association of Higher Education, and Vice-chairperson of the Steering Committee of Clinical Medicine of the Committee of Academic Degrees of the State Council. Professor Ke’s research focus is on the upper gastrointestinal tumors, including the cloning of gastric cancer related genes and the functional study of such genes. Together with her team, she has also established the population cohort in esophageal cancer high incidence regions in China, studied the etiology of esophageal cancer, and evaluated the effects and economic efficacy of early screening of the disease. She has published more than 100 papers and had registered patents and been granted awards at national and provincial levels for technological and educational achievements. Professor Ke was a member of the 11th and 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an executive Vice-president of Peking University and of the Peking University Health Science Center (formerly known as Beijing Medical College), a member of the Committee of Academic Degrees of the State Council, a member of the Healthcare Reform Advisory Committee of the State Council and the Chairperson of the Working Committee for Graduate Medical and Pharmaceutical Education of the Office of Academic Degrees of the State Council. Professor Ke graduated from the Peking University Health Science Center in 1982. From 1985 to 1988, Professor Ke worked at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health of the United States as a postdoctoral fellow.