Mr. Lai Guanglin, was appointed as a director and the Chairman of the board of the directors of the Company in February 2009. He is also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee of the Company. The Company is a leading provider to the construction sector offering a wide range of pipe related products, services and solutions to the constructors, designers, consultants and government agencies in Hong Kong and Macau. Mr. Lai’s wholly owned investment vehicle, Singapore Zhongxin Investment Company Limited, is the controlling shareholder of the Company.
Mr. Lai is the founder and the Chairman of the board of directors of Agria Corporation which is primarily engaged in research and development, production and sale of crop seeds to the agricultural sector in Australia, New Zealand, China and South America and the provision of rural services to the farmers in New Zealand and South America. Agria Corporation operates the Southern Hemisphere’s largest forage seed business in New Zealand. The activities in forage seeds and rural services are carried out by PGG Wrightson Limited (“PGW”) which is a subsidiary of Agria Corporation. PGW is a company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. Mr. Lai was appointed as a director of PGW in December 2009 and as the Chairman of the Board of the Directors of PGW in October 2013. Mr. Lai’s wholly owned investment vehicle, Brothers Capital Limited, is Agria Corporation’s largest shareholder.
Mr. Lai has extensive experience in investments, acquisitions and operation management. Mr. Lai has established many other enterprises in China, Hong Kong and internationally, in particular, animation, logistics and transportation, pharmaceutical sectors, etc. He takes a leading role in respect of strategic planning and business development in his investment portfolio.
Mr. Lai is the Vice Chairman of Shenzhen General Chamber of Commerce in China and the Vice Chairman of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand.
Mr. Lai holds a master of business administration in finance from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He is a fellow certified public accountant in Australia. Mr. Lai is a Fellow of Monash University and also the member of Global Advisory Council of Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University.
Mr. Lai is the elder brother of Mr. Lai Fulin, an Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Lai is the sole director of Singapore Zhongxin Investment Company Limited, a substantial shareholder of the Company which has an interest in the shares of the Company that is required to be disclosed under Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance.
Mr. Yu Ben Ansheng, was appointed as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in May 2009. Mr. Yu is responsible for managing overall daily operations of the Group. Mr. Yu has over 20 years of experience in investment management, investment banking and general management of listed companies. Mr. Yu began his career at Mackenzie Financial Corporation in Toronto, Canada as an investment analyst in 1989 and since then, he has served several major financial corporations including J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank and CITIC Capital. In addition to his vast investment banking and management experience, Mr. Yu has also managed listed companies such as New World Cyberbase Limited and Asia Logistics Holdings Limited in Hong Kong. During his past career, Mr. Yu has focused on direct investment and mergers and acquisitions activities in sectors including construction materials, infrastructure, energy, technologies, media and financial services.
Mr. Yu has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the Beijing Foreign Studies University, a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr. Yu is a director of King Jade Holdings Limited, a substantial shareholder of the Company which has an interest in the shares of the Company that is required to be disclosed under Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance.
Mr. Lai Fulin, is an Executive Director of the Company and the Head of Production & Purchasing of the Group and mainly responsible for the overall operation and management of the production and purchasing department. Mr. Lai previously acted as Executive Director of the Company from October 2009 to May 2017 and continued to sit on the senior management team of the Group thereafter. Mr. Lai has rejoined the Board as an Executive Director of the Company on 27 November 2017. Mr. Lai also holds directorships in certain subsidiaries of the Company. Mr. Lai has over 20 years of experience in the banking sector, investment management and general management of companies in China. Mr. Lai worked in the Bank of China in Shenzhen from 1986 to 2001. From 1995 to 2001, he was the deputy general manager of a subsidiary of Bank of China dealing with businesses in the securities industry. During the period from 2002 to 2008, Mr. Lai was the general manager of 深圳市華奧冠力科技實業有限公司 (Shenzhen Huaao Guanli Technologies Company Limited*). Mr. Lai holds a certificate of graduation in Chinese Language from 深圳教育學院 (Shenzhen Institute of Education*).
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Mr. U Kean Seng, was appointed as Non-executive Director of the Company in February 2009. He is also a member of the Audit Committee of the Company. Mr. U has more than 18 years of experience in legal practice. Mr. U specialises in the area of corporate law and corporate finance. Mr. U was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia in 1991, the Singapore Bar in 1993 and the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales in 2009. Mr. U holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in laws (Honours) from Monash University, Australia. Mr. U currently acts as the Head of Corporate and Legal Affairs of Agria Corporation. Brothers Capital Limited, an investment vehicle wholly-owned by Mr. Lai Guanglin, is the largest shareholder of Agria Corporation. Mr. U was appointed as a director of PGG Wrightson Limited, a company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange, on 4th December 2012.
Independent Non-executive Directors
Mr. Wong Yee Shuen, Wilson, was appointed as Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in February 2009. He is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Company. Mr. Wong is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and member of Australia CPA and Australian Institute of Banking and Finance. He holds a master of commerce degree, specializing in banking and finance from the University of New South Wales. With more than 20 years of experience in PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young, Mr. Wong specializes in the area of auditing banks and listed companies. Mr. Wong is currently the chief financial officer of China Animation Characters Company Limited (Stock code: 1566, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited “HKSE”) and an independent non-executive director of Ping An Securities Group (Holdings) Limited (Stock code: 231, a company listed on HKSE). Mr. Wong had served as an independent non-executive director of PanAsialum Holdings Company Limited (Stock code: 2078, a company listed on HKSE) from 18 January 2013 to 4 July 2014.
Mr. Chen Wei Wen, was appointed as Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in April 2010. He is also a member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Company. Mr. Chen holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Monash University, Australia. Mr. Chen worked as a general manager of Guangzhou Futian Trading Company Ltd（廣州市富添貿易有限公司） from 1997 to 2005. Since November 2004, Mr. Chen was appointed as chief operating officer of Guangzhou Kanxin Polymer Technology Co., Ltd（廣州市康心高分子科技有限公司） which is an affiliated company of Guangzhou Futian Trading Company Ltd（廣州市富添貿易有限公司）. Mr. Chen was also appointed as director and general manager of Fuda Enterprises Limited（富而達企業有限公司）since February 1998.
Mr. Guan Zhiqiang, was appointed as Independent Non-executive Director of the Company on 1 September 2016. He is also the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee of the Company. Mr. Guan holds a bachelor of Agronomy from Huazhong Agricultural University and a master degree in business administration from Southwestern University of Finance. During the period from 1984 to 1996, Mr. Guan had successively worked in the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China and the State Planning Commission. He subsequently joined the Agricultural Development Bank of China and held various senior management positions and was granted a qualification of senior economist from the bank. From February 2002 to March 2003, Mr. Guan served as the general manager in New China Life Insurance Company Ltd, Jinan branch. From March 2003 to November 2005, he worked in Yeland Group Co. Ltd. (now known as Hna Investment Group Co., Ltd), a company listed on Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and was appointed as the chairman of its group’s real estate company. Since 2005, Mr. Guan has established an investment advisory firm and invested in a number of enterprises which engaged in various fields including mining, energy and biotechnology, etc., and acted as a director in those enterprises. Mr. Guan is currently the vice chairman of 浙江宜葆生物科技有限公司 (Zhejiang Ecopro Biotech Company, Ltd.*) and a director of 霍爾果斯聚視互娛文化産業有限公司 (Huoerguosi Poly Entertainment Culture Industry Co., Ltd*). He has extensive experience in finance, investment and corporate management.
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