This workshop is designed for aspiring and existing directors, and those that have business dealings with China and wish to learn more about the role of the board member in this unique jurisdiction. While effective boards, effective behaviours and best practices apply to most regions, each country has its own nuances in culture and opportunities as well as their own unique listing regulations and associated challenges. Our workshop will provide detailed instructions to help understand the duties and liabilities, the opportunities and challenges, as well as the culture of boards in China.
- Corporate Governance and Legal Liabilities of a Board Director
- Board and board meeting structure
- Director requirements for joining a board
- Director duties and liabilities
- Differences in listing rules between China and Hong Kong
- Differences in corporate requirements between listed and private companies
- Impact of COVID on companies, regulations and governance
- Finding a Director Position
- The executive search process
- Opportunities and the market
- How to find positions
- Board Culture - A Director's Personal Insight
Elaine J Cheung
WWF and Indigo Living Ltd.×
Elaine J Cheung
WWF and Indigo Living Ltd.
Elaine is a purpose-driven CFO and Board Director, helping companies fulfil their commitments to environmental and social sustainability through profitable strategies. Her experiences in healthcare, consumer goods, supply chain, aquaculture along with board roles at the UN and WWF give her deep insights into moving beyond shareholder to stakeholder capitalism. Elaine strongly believes in harnessing individual actions as a catalyst for global change. Elaine's corporate superpower is her ability to demystify numbers for key decision-makers. She is a curator and connector of people and ideas. Her pragmatic optimism and infectious enthusiasm make her a natural mentor and leader of high-performing teams.
Elaine is a HK-born Chinese American. She is currently an Operating Partner at Temasek Enterprise Development Group. Since returning to Asia from California in 1994, Elaine held various finance leadership positions including Group CFO for Regal Springs, a global aquaculture company; CFO Asia Supply for VF Corp, owner of brands such as The North Face, Timberland, Vans ; CFO for Zuellig Pharma a US$8bn healthcare solutions provider; Regional CFO Walgreens Boots Alliance and Regional Senior Director for Bertelsmann Music Group. She started her career with EY as a CPA.
Her board experience includes WWF International, HK listed Indigo Living, AMCHAM Hong Kong; Guangzhou Pharmaceutical, and Asian Development Bank Nominated Director at Bhutan based Mountain Hazelnut Group.
Elaine represents China at the UN World Food Programme, winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. She is a member of the Audit Committee and serves as an expert advisor to the Executive Board and the Executive Director.
Ashurst Hong Kong×
Ashurst Hong Kong
Frank is a partner in Ashurst's corporate department. He advises on international capital markets, M&A transactions and compliance matters. Frank has more than 10 years of experience of acting for corporates and investment banks on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings, private placements, follow-on offerings and debt programmes, as well as on public and private M&A, privatisation, joint ventures, spin-offs and other corporate restructurings. He has worked on matters throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and US, including for companies listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom.
His recent experience includes transactions for companies in the consumer & retail, health care, education, technology, financial services, as well as for investment funds.
Egon Zehnder International×
Egon Zehnder International
Catherine, based in Toronto and Hong Kong, has deep expertise in technology and digital transformation. She is the former head of Egon Zehnder's Greater China Practice and was the Managing Partner in Hong Kong. Catherine is a trusted advisor to multinationals operating between China and North America, and also helps entrepreneurs and family businesses meet their most pressing board and CEO search, leadership succession, and cultural transformation needs. Passionate about innovation, she also advises global companies on their talent strategies.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Catherine was a Managing Director at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in the AsiaPacific region. Earlier in her career she held leadership roles with Motorola, Nortel, and Yum! Brands.
Catherine earned an MBA from the University of Toronto and a BA from Zhejiang University in China. She published a leadership column in the South China Morning Post and is a founding member of the 30% Club in Hong Kong, which strives to improve gender balance at the executive and board levels. As a board member of Save the Children Hong Kong, Catherine also does volunteer work in remote parts of China. She enjoys hiking with her family in her free time.
Ashurst Hong Kong×
Ashurst Hong Kong
Melody has significant experience advising investment banks and corporations on capital markets and corporate matters in Asia and the United States. She focuses on securities offerings, advising international conglomerates and state owned enterprises as well as high growth companies on global offerings and listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SEC registered offerings, secondary offerings, rights issues and share placings. She also has extensive experience in bond offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financings and listing rules compliance matters. Her expertise spans across a wide range of industries, including TMT, real estate, financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, energy, natural resources, consumer products, manufacturing, retail and food & beverage.
Melody is a native Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese speaker qualified in both the United States and Hong Kong.
- Get a deep understanding of the role of a board director in China
- Understand the legal, regulatory and governance issues facing board members today
- Understand the importance of board behaviour in strengthening company performance
- Familiarise yourself with Board Culture
- Learn and discuss subjects with leading experts and experienced non-executive directors
- Gain greater confidence to prepare for the challenges ahead in your portfolio career
- Hear from experts on how to successfully develop your personal NED career
- Network with like-minded professionals
Delegates of the Global Governance will also be offered exclusive access to our regular networking evenings including speaking sessions with recognised thought-leaders.