MA Huateng (Pony Ma)Chairman
Ma Huateng, age 51, 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 was a deputy to the 12th and 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 29 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.
Jacobus Petrus (Koos) BekkerNon-Executive Director
Jacobus Petrus (Koos) Bekker, age 70, 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. 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 59, 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, and was a director of VK Company Limited (formerly known as Mail.ru Group Limited) that is listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Moscow Exchange until his resignation on 4 March 2022. 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 member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Searle has more than 29 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 65, 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 strategic development consultant 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 28 years of experience in the information technology field. Mr Li was 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, and was the Chairman and an executive director of TCL Electronics Holdings Limited, up to 9 August 2021.
Ian Charles StoneIndependent Non-Executive Director
Ian Charles Stone, age 72, 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 33 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 and has more than 52 years of experience in the telecom and mobile industries. Mr Stone is also an independent director of Summit Healthcare Acquisition Corp. that is listed on NASDAQ. Mr Stone is a fellow member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors.
Yang Siu ShunIndependent Non-Executive Director
Yang Siu Shun, age 67, has been an independent non-executive director since July 2016. Mr Yang is currently serving as a Member of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a Justice of the Peace in Hong Kong, 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 is also an independent non-executive director of Man Wah Holdings Limited and Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited, both of these companies are publicly listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. 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 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 Hong Kong Metropolitan University (“HKMU”) (formerly known as The Open University of Hong Kong), up to 19 June 2019. Mr Yang also served as a Member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, up to 31 August 2021. 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 HKMU 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 67, 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 President of the Peking University Health Science Center Alumni Association, Vice-president of China Medical Women’s Association, and Vice-president of Cancer Foundation of China. 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, the Chairperson of the Working Committee for Graduate Medical and Pharmaceutical Education of the Office of Academic Degrees of the State Council, Vice-president of the 24th and 25th Chinese Medical Association, Vice-chairperson of the Steering Committee of Clinical Medicine of the Committee of Academic Degrees of the State Council, Vice-president of the Peking University Alumni Association, and President of the Health Professional Education Committee of the Chinese Association of Higher Education. 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. Professor Ke is currently an independent non-executive director of Keymed Biosciences Inc. which is publicly listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.
Zhang XiulanIndependent Non-Executive Director
Zhang Xiulan, age 59, has been an independent non-executive director since August 2022. Professor Zhang is currently a consultant at the University of California, San Francisco. She was previously the Dean of the School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University. She was also a member of the 11th and 12th Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a member of the Healthcare Reform Advisory Committee of the State Council. Professor Zhang has led over 40 research projects, including national level priority social science projects, and projects funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education. In expert capacity, Professor Zhang has also provided expert consultation to government on policy making, including the 11th National Five-Year Plan, the “Five Guarantees Regulations”, the Adjustment Mechanism for Urban Minimum Living Standard, Urban and Rural Medical Assistance Policy, Social Assistance System and others. In addition, Professor Zhang has also worked on mandates from the State Council Healthcare Restructuring Office, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ford Foundation, European Union, World Bank, World Health Organization, UNICEF, Save the Children Foundation and other organizations. Professor Zhang received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Geography, and Master’s Degree in Economic Geography from the Beijing Normal University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. After graduation, she joined the “China Society”, a newspaper published by the Ministry of Civil Affairs as an Editor. In 1999, she received her Doctor of Philosophy in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley with her research focused on social protection, social policy, social welfare and healthcare. In the same year, Professor Zhang founded the first Institute of Social Development and Public Policy in China at the Beijing Normal University, which subsequently became the School of Social Development and Public Policy.