Chinese hotel chain Huazhu Group just announced the changes in the company's board room:
Senior tax expert Ms. Lei Cao and Singaporean advocate and solicitor Mr. Theng Fong Hee were newly appointed as directors of Huazhu’s board of directors, while Ms. Xiaofan Wang, CFO of Trip.com Group, will no longer serve as a director of the Board and will serve as a board observer going forward.
Both Ms. Cao and Mr. Hee have extensive experience in Singapore, which is the international headquarters of Huazhu.
Ms. Lei Cao is the head of tax Greater China at Philips Singapore. Prior to that, Ms. Cao served in various position at Philips China and Philips Singapore since 2003, including senior tax director, tax director and senior tax manager.
Mr. Theng Fong Hee is a qualified advocate and solicitor in Singapore with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Hee is currently a consultant at Harry Elias Partnership LLP. Prior to that, he worked in various law firms, including RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP. Mr. Hee sits on the panel of various arbitration institutions, including Singapore International Arbitration Centre, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.
Mr. Hee serves as an independent director of several listed companies, including Zheneng Jinjiang Environment Holding, Straco Corporation Limited, and Haidilao International Holding.
After these changes, Huazhu’s Board is comprised of Mr. Qi Ji, executive chairman of the Board and chief executive officer, Ms. Min Zhang, vice chairlady of the Board, Mr. Sébastien Bazin (Mr. Gaurav Bhushan, being the alternative director to Mr. Sébastien Bazin), Mr. Shangzhi Zhang, Mr. John Jiong Wu, Ms. Tong Tong Zhao, Mr. Jian Shang, Ms. Lei Cao and Mr. Theng Fong Hee.
“We would like to thank Xiaofan for her dedication and contribution to Huazhu’s growth over the years,” commented Mr. Qi Ji, executive chairman of the Board and chief executive officer. “On behalf of the Board, I would like to welcome Ms. Cao and Mr. Hee, their extensive industry expertise and experiences will be valuable assets to the Board.”