Mr. Hooi Hing Lee was appointed as the Independent Director of Cityneon Holdings on 30 April 2019. Previously, he was the Lead Independent Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the Nominating and Remuneration Committees of Cityneon Holdings Limited since August 2017. Mr. Hooi obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia in June 1989. He was admitted as a member of the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia in July 1990 and a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors in March 2006. Mr. Hooi has over 25 years of experience in the finance industry. He currently runs a private equity advisory company, pH Capital Limited in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he worked for a number of MNCs including Standard Chartered Bank (Chief Risk Officer, Taiwan), National Australia Bank in Australia and Hong Kong (Head of Corporate Banking, North Asia), and Cushman & Wakefield Capital Asia (Managing Director, Investment Banking).
Mr. Zhang Yichen was appointed as the Non-Executive Director of Cityneon Holdings Pte Ltd in May 2019. He is the Chairman and CEO of CITIC Capital Holdings Limited. Mr. Zhang began his career on Wall Street in 1987 at Greenwich Capital Markets. He later joined Bank of Tokyo as Head of Proprietary Trading, and Merrill Lynch as Managing Director of Debt Capital Market for Greater China. In 2000, he joined CITIC Group as the President of CITIC Pacific Communications and Executive Director for CITIC Pacific (now CITIC Limited). He founded CITIC Capital in 2002 and has been involved in all phases of the firm’s development since then. Under his leadership, CITIC Capital has led a number of landmark deals, investing in some of China’s leading companies, including McDonald’s China, Alibaba, Sina, Harbin Pharmaceutical, SF Express, AsiaInfo and Focus Media. He is the Chairman of McDonald’s master franchised business in China & Hong Kong, the Chairman of Harbin Pharmaceutical Group Holding Company, as well as the Chairman of Universal Medical. He also sits on the boards of Sina Corporation, AsiaInfo, SF Express, the Russia-China Investment Fund, and Cityneon.
Mr. Zhang is a leader in the alternative investment industry. He is a board member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA), Executive Committee member and former chairman of the China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). He is also a vice chairman in Beijing Private Equity Association (BPEA), Tianjin Private Equity Association, and a vice chairman of the PE and Buyout Funds Committee under the Asset Management Association of China (AMAC).
Mr. Zhang is also a leader in political, economic and social communities. He is a member of the Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Senior Vice Chairman of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), a member of the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a member of the Foundation Board at the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, and a council member of Future Forum.
He obtained his degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A strong believer in education, Mr. Zhang has been supporting Phillips Academy Andover as a trustee, Yale Asia Development Council as a council member, Dalton Foundation as a board member, Duke Kunshan University as an advisory board member, and Westlake University as an external board member.
Ms. Ko Wing Yan Samantha, was appointed as the executive director of Cityneon Holdings Limited in April 2019. She has extensive experience in capital markets, investments and business operations. Ms Ko is the Vice Chairlady and an executive director of BOE Varitronix Limited (HKEX:00710). She was an executive director of Concord New Energy Group Limited (HKEX:00182) and Yunfeng Financial Group Limited (HKEX:00376).
Ms. Ko holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College, U.S.A., and a Master Degree in Finance from the Imperial College, London. She has over 7 years of experience in the banking industries. Ms. Ko had served at HSBC (HK), Morgan Stanley (Hong Kong) and JP Morgan (London).
Mr. Ko Chun Shun Johnson was appointed as the Executive Director of Cityneon Holdings Limited in December 2018. He is an entrepreneur and an active investor. Mr. Ko has invested in various listed and private companies across different industries including logistics, media, financial services, renewable energy, biotech, technology, etc. Mr. Ko is currently the deputy Chairman and an executive director of Frontier Services Group Limited (HKEX: 0500), and an executive director of Branding China Group Limited (HKEX：0863). He had previously served as the Chairman, and was previously the major shareholder of BOE Varitronix Limited (HKEX: 0710), Concord New Energy Group Limited (HKEX: 0182) and Yunfeng Financial Group Limited (HKEX：0376). Mr. Ko has extensive experience in direct investment, merger and acquisition, corporate advisory and capital markets.
Ron spearheaded partnerships with international studios such as Disney, Marvel, Hasbro, Universal, Lionsgate and 20th Century, and also partnered governments for two original artefacts IP – ancient civilization Machu Picchu from Peru and Ramses the Great (Ramses II) from Egypt, to provide impactful exhibition experiences that are unique new avenues to grow the brands. This is in addition to expanding Cityneon’s portfolio of projects with multinational companies and government agencies globally.
With Ron at the helm and as key shareholder, Cityneon’s market capitalization has grown 35-fold from approximately S$20 million in 2014 to S$700 million today. Its FY2017 performance saw groundbreaking results with a 21% increase in revenue to S$116.7 million, half of which was contributed by the Intellectual Property Rights segment. Gross profit rose by 84% to S$63.8 million while margins grew from 36% to 54.7%. Net profit soared by over 160% to S$17.4 million.
In addition to financial performance, Ron has also brought Cityneon to greater renown, bagging awards in Singapore and the region, with the most recent being “Best Listed Company 2018” and for Ron himself, “Executive of the Year – Media & Entertainment”, at the SBR Management Excellence Awards 2018.
Ron also chaired boards for companies listed locally and abroad, and was board member of international entertainment companies such as EMS Holdings, Hi-5 World and BASE Entertainment Asia.
Prior to that, he served in distinguished management positions at MediaCorp, LexisNexis Asia Pacific in Singapore and Hong Kong, the Singapore Tourism Board and the Economic Development Board of Singapore. Ron studied at The Chinese High School and Hwa Chong Junior College. He was awarded a scholarship by the Singapore government to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Ever the thought leader, Ron brings a dynamism that translates into a strong track record of performance and turnaround in high-paced organisations.