Mr. Auyang is an executive Director, Chairman of the board of Directors (the “Board”), chairman of both the executive committee and nomination committee and a member of the remuneration committee of the Company. He is also a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company. Besides, Mr. Auyang is a director and a shareholder of Solar Power Group Limited, the controlling shareholder of the Company. He is an elder brother of Dr. Owyang King, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and father-in-law of Mr. Au Hing Lun, Dennis, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He co-founded the Group in 1974. Mr. Auyang graduated from the South China Institute of Technology (now known as the South China University of Technology), where he studied structural engineering. Mr. Auyang has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations, product management and development in the electronics industry. Prior to founding the Group, Mr. Auyang has been an engineer in the Ministry of Railways of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”). During the period from April 1965 to January 1973, he worked in the group of The Hong Kong Chiap Hua Manufactory Company, (1947) Limited (now known as “Chiaphua Limited”) (this group is hereinafter referred to as “Chiap Hua Group”). He had served as an Assistant Plant Manager of the extrusion plant for The Hong Kong Chiap Hua Manufactory Company, (1947) Limited from April 1965 to December 1970. From January to September 1970, he acted as a Project Manager for International Containers Limited (a company formed by Chiap Hua Group and another party and has now been dissolved) and was responsible for supervising and co-ordinating the setting-up of a new manufacturing plant and all the facilities. In September 1970, he was formally promoted as the Plant Manager of International Containers Limited and held the position until he left Chiap Hua Group in January 1973. He then formed the Group and under his leadership, the Group received The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong New Product Award in 1976. Mr. Auyang has been instrumental in spearheading the Group’s expansion and has secured many key customers since 1980 up to 2003. He currently acts as an advisor to our Chief Executive Officer and senior management and provides guidance on management issues.
Dr. Owyang is an executive Director, the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the executive committee of the Company. He is a younger brother of Mr. Auyang Ho, the Chairman of the Company. Mr. Au Hing Lun, Dennis, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Company, is a son-in-law of Mr. Auyang. Accordingly, Dr. Owyang is an uncle of Mr. Au. Dr. Owyang joined the Group in April 2010. He obtained a degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics and a degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Materials Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States in 1968 and 1974, respectively. Dr. Owyang joined General Electric Company as a member of technical staff in 1974 and held various technical and managerial positions, including directing research and development activities for the Semiconductor Division. Dr. Owyang was responsible for developing many enabling semiconductor technologies, including the world’s first 500V Power Integrated Circuit and Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor technologies. Dr. Owyang received the company’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award in 1981. In 1988, Dr. Owyang joined Siliconix Incorporated (a NASDAQ listed company) in California as Vice President of Research and Development and directed the work of 70 scientists, engineers and technical staff in the area of electronic devices, circuits, processing technology and packaging development. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1992 and assumed additional responsibility for all Silicon Operations where he restructured the engineering resources and Wafer Fab Operations to enhance the technical capability and overall productivity. He turned the company from a technology follower and position-losing firm to a highly profitable company with industry leading products. In 1997, Dr. Owyang was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership and management, the company has firmly established itself as the world leader in power switching and management products and its sales grew to a record level in 2008. Dr. Owyang is a recognised leader in the Power Metaloxide Semiconductor Field-effect Transistor Industry. He has published over 20 technical papers and has been awarded more than 25 patents. He received the Industry IR100 Award in 1979 and 1983 based on his pioneering works in silicon power device technologies and products. Dr. Owyang has also been listed in the “National Register’s WHO’S WHO in Executives and Professionals”, which demonstrates his recognizable success in the field. In 2015, he was awarded the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award by Enterprise Asia, in recognition of his achievements in transforming Computime from an OEM electronics manufacturing service company to a market driven technology solution provider. He currently also serves as a director of Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited, a company listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
Mr. Au is an executive Director, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and a member of the executive committee of the Company. Mr. Au is a son-in-law of Mr. Auyang Ho, the Chairman of the Company. Dr. Owyang King, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company and younger brother of Mr. Auyang, is accordingly an uncle of Mr. Au. Mr. Au joined the Group in May 2014 to head up the newly established Brand Distribution Division. He has over 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, consultancy, business development and general management spanning manufacturing, technology and real estate industries. Mr. Au commenced his career at the tax division of Arthur Andersen & Co (1983 to 1988) specialising in Hong Kong, China and US taxation. He joined Andersen Consulting (now known as “Accenture plc”) in North America in 1988, responsible for IT system design and integration projects for governments and multinational companies. In 1994, Mr. Au joined Wing Tai Properties Limited (“Wing Tai” and, together with its subsidiaries, collectively the “Wing Tai Group”) (formerly known as “USI Holdings Limited”) serving as chief financial officer, and he also served as the company secretary of Wing Tai from 1996 to 2006. Wing Tai is listed on the main board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”). He joined the board of Wing Tai as an executive director in 2004 and became managing director of the Wing Tai Group’s property division in 2006 and has been responsible for the Wing Tai Group’s corporate finance function. Mr. Au resigned as an executive director of Wing Tai and managing director of the Wing Tai Group’s property division with effect from 6 May 2014. He was also an executive director of the Wing Tai Group’s subsidiary, Winsor Properties Holdings Limited (now known as “Vanke Property (Overseas) Limited”, a company listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange) from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Au is a fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Mr. Kam is a non-executive Director and a member of the audit committee of the Company. Mr. Kam is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He qualified as a chartered accountant in London and currently practices as a certified public accountant in Hong Kong. Mr. Kam was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Group in November 1993.
Mr. Patel is a non-executive Director and a member of the audit committee of the Company. He was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Group in November 2005. Mr. Patel has retired with 40 years of experience with several U.S.–based public and private manufacturing companies. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India, Mr. Patel immigrated to United States to pursue further studies. He began his professional career with Culligan International in 1966. After working with certain smaller companies, he returned to a management position at Culligan International in 1971 while simultaneously earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago. He then joined Intermatic Incorporated, an international manufacturer of electrical and electronic products. During his 20 years at Intermatic Incorporated, Mr. Patel held several executive positions, including president and chief operating officer, until his retirement in 2005. In addition to the management positions, Mr. Patel was elected to the boards of Intermatic Incorporated and Intermatic – A.T.C., a manufacturing joint venture in China, from July 2000 until his retirement in December 2005. Since his retirement from full time business activities, Mr. Patel became a partner and a member of the board of directors of TADD LLC, a privately held company engaged in design, manufacture and distribution of LED retro-fit lighting products in the U.S.A. In January 2011, Mr. Patel was elected to the board of directors of Rogan Corporation, a privately held company engaged in design, manufacture and distribution of sophisticated injection molded plastic components for industrial and consumer applications. He resigned from this position in April 2012.
Mr. Wong is a non-executive Director of the Company. He is a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong and a Partner of Philip K H Wong, Kennedy Y H Wong & Co., Solicitors & Notaries. Mr. Wong was educated in both Hong Kong and England. He has substantial experience in civil litigation and deals mainly in commercial, personal injuries, banking and administrative law litigation, corporate acquisition, cross-border joint ventures etc.. He had served as a Deputy Adjudicator of the Small Claims Tribunal in 1998 and as an Adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region during period from March 2005 to February 2011. He was also a panel member of the Municipal Services Appeals Board of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region during period from January 2009 to December 2014. He is now a Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Mr. Wong has been a non-executive Director of the Company since February 2008.
Mr. Luk is an independent non-executive Director of the Company, the chairman of the audit committee and a member of both the remuneration committee and nomination committee of the Company. He is a retired banker, and has 30 years of comprehensive experience in accounting and financial management. He began at Hang Seng Bank in 1975 as a trainee officer. He was appointed as personal assistant to the deputy general manager and held that office from 1987 to 1989. Mr. Luk served as the head of financial control in 1989, as director and deputy chief executive in 1994 and as managing director and deputy chief executive from 1996 to his retirement in May 2005. Regarding Mr. Luk’s other directorships, he is an independent non-executive director of China Properties Group Limited, Hung Hing Printing Group Limited and i-Cable Communications Limited (companies listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange) and is an independent non-executive director of AXA General Insurance Hong Kong Limited and Octopus Cards Limited. Mr. Luk also serves as a council member of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and a non-executive director of Urban Renewal Authority. Mr. Luk also served in the past on the Court and Council of Hong Kong Baptist University, the Advisory Committee on New Broadbased Taxes, the Personal Data (Privacy) Advisory Committee, the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Government, the Statistics Advisory Board, the Broadcasting Authority, the Board of Trustees of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund and the Advisory Committee, the Investor Education Advisory Committee of the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”), Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal Panel, the Operations Review Committee of ICAC and Town Planning Board. He was an appointed member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council from 1992 to 1995, and also a member of the first Election Committee of the Legislative Council. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Statistics from The University of Hong Kong and a Master of Business Administration Degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a fellow of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers. Mr. Luk is a Non-official Justice of the Peace and was awarded the honour of Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2004 in recognition of his contributions to public services. Mr. Luk was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Group in January 2006.
Mr. Siewert is an independent non-executive Director, the chairman of the remuneration committee and a member of both the audit committee and nomination committee of the Company. He is a Managing Director and Partner of The Carlyle Group, advising on investments in consumer and retail businesses across Asia since April 2007. Previous to joining The Carlyle Group he held various positions in Asia with The Coca-Cola Company including group president and president and chief operating officer and corporate executive committee member during the period from 2001 to 2007. He was responsible for some of the highest growth businesses in The Coca-Cola Company and some of its most innovative and successful product launches. Mr. Siewert’s early career experiences were with the Eastman Kodak Company, where he had worked since 1974, holding positions in sales management, marketing, finance, brand management, business planning and general management in various countries/regions around the world, including the Americas, Europe and Asia. He served as chairman, Greater China Region, chief operating officer of Kodak’s global consumer business and president, Kodak Professional, its global commercial business. He was a senior vice-president of Eastman Kodak Company. Mr. Siewert attended the Rochester Institute of Technology in Imaging Science, Business and Service Management and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from Elmhurst College, Illinois and a Master of Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He currently serves as a director in Avery Dennison Corporation, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Mondelez International, Inc., a company listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and Eastern Broadcasting Company. He has served as past director of several companies in the health and beauty, hotel/tourism and animal nutrition and natural resources sectors. He has also served as past director of several trade organisations including the US-Hong Kong Business Council, US China Business Council, US-ASEAN Business Council and board of governors, American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization and Chief Executives Organization. Mr. Siewert is a recipient of several diversity awards and a United Nations IPC Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Siewert was appointed as an independent non-executive Director of the Company in September 2006.
Mr. Cheung is an independent non-executive Director and a member of both the audit committee and remuneration committee of the Company. Mr. Cheung is currently a Chief Investment Officer of Degroof Petercam Asset Management (HK) Limited (“Degroof”), a licensed entity with the SFC. Mr. Cheung has over twenty years of fund management experience. Prior to joining Degroof, Mr. Cheung was Chief Investment Officer of OP Investment Management Limited. Mr. Cheung also held senior positions at CITIC Securities International Investment Management (HK) Limited and Aetos Capital Management (Asia) Limited. He was an Investment Director at Prudential Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited and responsible for their Greater China equity investments. Prior to that, Mr. Cheung was a Fund Manager at Chase Asset Management Limited, the fund management arm of Chase Manhattan Bank. Mr. Cheung currently serves as a member of the Investment Committee of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Previously, Mr. Cheung was a member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange from 2006 to 2007 and was also a member of the SFC Public Shareholders Group and the SFC Dual Filing Advisory Group. Mr. Cheung obtained a Master’s degree in economics from York University, Canada and a Bachelor’s degree in monetary economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Mr. Cheung is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation awarded by the CFA Institute. Mr. Cheung was appointed as an independent non-executive Director of the Company in October 2011.