Duncan Pescod has been appointed chief executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Pescod, 55, the incumbent chief operating officer, will succeed Michael Lynch, who resigned in March for family reasons.
Pescod becomes the third chief executive of the authority on Aug. 3. Lynch will serve as a special adviser for one year.
Chief Secretary Carrie Lam, who also chairs the authority, said the choice of Pescod was unanimously approved by the board after a global search.
She described the search as difficult but open and fair, ensuring that the choice of Pescod was the right decision.
Pescod will serve for three years.
Emily Lau, chairperson of the Democratic Party, said Pescod lacks experience in culture and the arts and may not be the best person to lead the authority.
Pescod thanked Lynch for leaving a “good team” and Lynch said he will continue to support the authority’s work.
Pescod seen elevated to top post at West Kowloon agency
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