Dr Adrian Cheng Chi-Kong JP
Appointed as an Executive Director in March 2007, became Executive Director and Joint General Manager from March 2012, re-designated as Executive Vice-chairman and Joint General Manager from April 2015, re-designated as Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager from March 2017 and re-designated as Executive Vice-chairman and Chief Executive Officer from May 2020. Dr. Adrian Cheng is a member of the Executive Committee and the chairman of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. Dr. Cheng is an executive director of NWS Holdings Limited, the chairman and non-executive director of New World Department Store China Limited, the chairman and non-executive director of Arta TechFin Corporation Limited, an executive director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, and a non-executive director of Giordano International Limited, all being listed public companies in Hong Kong. Dr. Cheng is also a director and executive chairman of New World China Land Limited, the chairman of New World Group Charity Foundation Limited and a director of certain subsidiaries of the Group. In addition, he is a director of Chow Tai Fook (Holding) Limited and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited, both are substantial shareholders of the Company. He was a non-executive director of New Century Healthcare Holding Co. Limited, a listed public company in Hong Kong, up to his resignation on 1 June 2022.
Dr. Cheng oversees the strategic direction for the Company’s property development and investment activities. He has launched New World’s The Artisanal Movement since January 2015, and is currently overseeing the Company’s large-scale developments including Victoria Dockside in Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong International Airport SKYCITY complex “11 SKIES”. In 2008, Dr. Cheng launched the K11 brand, a museum-retail complex that is at the nexus of art and commerce and has since extended K11’s reach across retail, hospitality, offices and non-profit art education through K11 Art Foundation and K11 Craft & Guild Foundation. He also directs early-stage funding to start-ups and technology-driven platforms.
Dr. Cheng is a member of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference of The People’s Republic of China, the chairman of China Young Leaders Foundation, the honorary chairman of K11 Art Foundation and the vice chairman and group chief executive officer of CTF Education Group. He was the vice-chairman of the 11th and 12th committee of the All-China Youth Federation. He was acknowledged by Fortune as one of “40 Under 40” global business stars and a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Dr. Cheng is a Justice of Peace appointed by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region since 2016 and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2022. He was made an “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Government in 2017, and an “Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” in 2022. Dr. Cheng holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (cum laude) from Harvard University, and received the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities by the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014. He was conferred an Honorary Fellowship by Lingnan University in 2014, and an Honorary University Fellowship by the University of Hong Kong in 2022. Dr. Cheng worked in a major international bank prior to joining the Group in September 2006 and has substantial experience in corporate finance. He is the son of Dr. Cheng Kar-Shun, Henry, the brother of Ms. Cheng Chi-Man, Sonia, the nephew of Mr. Doo Wai-Hoi, William and Mr. Cheng Kar-Shing, Peter, and the cousin of Mr. Cheng Chi-Heng.