Ocean Park could see banker Leo Kung step into the chairman’s post after incumbent Allan Zeman’s current term expires at the end of this month, Apple Daily reported Thursday, citing sources.
Zeman, who has turned the marine park into a world-class themed attraction, has been the Ocean Park boss since 2003. He was re-appointed to the top post three times during the 11 years.
But it is now said that the government wants him to step down and that it had informed him of the decision through a phone call.
Responding to the rumors, Zeman was quoted as saying that he would be happy to continue with his work at Ocean Park, including the construction of a new water park. The government had not formally discussed with him any proposal regarding the chairmanship, he said.
According to the market talk, Leo Kung, who is currently the deputy chairman of Ocean Park, is likely to be elevated to the top post. Kung also serves as an executive vice president overseeing regional business expansion at Bangkok Bank Public Co. Ltd, and is a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Lawmaker Ronny Tong said it would be a loss if Zeman is not appointed as the chairman again, as he had brought a lot of creativity to the park. He doubted if a banker would be as “open” as Zeman in managing the park.
However, Man Chi-sum, the head of environmental group Green Power, has criticized Zeman, saying that under his management the park has focused too much on amusement facilities, rather than on conservation.
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