People: Hang Seng Bank Ltd (0011.HK)
6 Dec 2013
Ch'ien, Kuo Fung
Dr. Kuo Fung Ch'ien, GBS, CBE, JP, Ph.D. is Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Hang Seng Bank Ltd. He has been a Director of the Bank since August 2007. He is Chairman of CDC Corporation (Listed on NASDAQ) and Chairman of its Hong Kong listed subsidiary, China.com Inc. He is also Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited and HSBC Private Equity (Asia) Limited. Dr. Ch'ien serves on the boards of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Inchcape plc, Convenience Retail Asia Limited, The Wharf (Holdings) Limited and Swiss Reinsurance Company. He is also Chairman of the Hong Kong/European Union Business Cooperation Committee; a Hong Kong member of the APEC Business Advisory Council; a member of the Standing Committee of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; and Honorary President and past Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. Dr. Ch'ien was an independent non-executive Director of HSBC Holdings plc from 1998 to 2007, and Group Managing Director of Lam Soon Hong Kong Group from 1984 to 1997. From 1992 to 1997, he served as a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, then under British Administration. He then served as a member of the Executive Council of the HKSAR from July 1997 to June 2002. Dr. Ch'ien was formerly Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, The Hong Kong/Japan Business Cooperation Committee, the Industry and Technology Development Council and the Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre Corporation Limited. Dr. Ch'ien was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1993 and awarded a Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1994, the Gold Bauhinia Star in 1999 and Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Agricole (of France) in 2008. Dr. Ch'ien received a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA in 1978 and became a Trustee of the University in 2006.
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