27 October 2016
As Hong Kong Airlines vice chairman, Tang King-shing will be in charge of the company's major strategies for growth. Photos: CNSA, Hong Kong Airlines
As Hong Kong Airlines vice chairman, Tang King-shing will be in charge of the company's major strategies for growth. Photos: CNSA, Hong Kong Airlines

Retired police chief Tang named Hong Kong Airlines vice chairman

Former police commissioner Tang King-shing has been appointed vice chairman and executive director of Hong Kong Airlines, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing a statement from the company.

The airline, a subsidiary of China’s Hainan Airlines Group, said Tang, 62, brings to the company his “significant expertise and interpersonal network in international management, security strategy and corporate governance”.

Tang will be in charge of the company’s major strategies for growth. His appointment is effective immediately.

Tang was police commissioner from 2007 until his retirement in 2011.

He was appointed Hong Kong deputy to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and chairman of the Country and Marine Parks Board under the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department in 2013, and has held both positions since.

Joining the airline makes Tang one of the four former top leaders of the Hong Kong Police Force who have joined the private sector since the 1997 handover and the only one working for a company with Chinese background, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The other three were Andy Tsang Wai-hung (2011 to 2015), Tsang Yam-pui (2001-2003) and Eddie Hui Ki-on (1997-2001, deceased).

Hong Kong Airlines did not reveal the remuneration offered to Tang, whose monthly salary was about HK$190,000 before his retirement.

It is estimated that his pension is between HK$63,000 and HK$120,000 a month, depending on which pension system he chose.

Joseph Wong Wing-ping, former secretary for civil service, said Tang has been retired for more than five years and there is nothing wrong about his working now for a private company, Ming Pao Daily said.

According to rules set by the Civil Service Bureau, retired civil servants in top positions are subject to a three-year lock-up period, and must apply for government approval if they want to work for private companies within the period.

Tang’s successor Andy Tsang Wai-hung applied for exemption from the lock-up period to join Chen Hsong Group (00057.HK) earlier this year, or one year after his retirement, according to local reports.

The Civil Service Bureau approved Tsang’s application, and he started working in the company as chief of group corporate strategy on Sept. 19, news website reported.

Tsang’s duties include making strategic plans, giving leadership training and providing opinions to the company’s chief executive.

Chen Hsong Group, a maker of injection moulding machines, was founded by Chiang Chen, father of re-elected lawmaker Ann Chiang Lai-wan from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

Newly elected lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting from the Democratic Party said Tsang might not have broken rules but what he did is not good for the civil service.

People would wonder whether high-ranking police officers focus more on their post-retirement offers than their government jobs, Lam said.

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