Appointment of Principal Officials announced (with photos)

     The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, announced today (January 16) that the Central People's Government (CPG) had approved the resignation of Mrs Carrie Lam as Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and the resignation of Mr John C Tsang as Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The CPG also approved the Chief Executive's recommendation to appoint Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung as Chief Secretary for Administration and Mr Paul Chan as Financial Secretary.

     Mr Stephen Sui will be Acting Secretary for Labour and Welfare while Mr Eric Ma will be Acting Secretary for Development.

     Brief biographical notes on the two newly-appointed officials are set out below:

Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung

     Aged 66, Mr Cheung joined the Hong Kong Government as an Information Officer in July 1972 after graduating from the University of Hong Kong.

     Mr Cheung transferred to the Administrative Service in September 1979. During his earlier years of service, he served in Finance Branch, Home Affairs Department, City and New Territories Administration, Government House and Industry Department. As a directorate officer since 1986, Mr Cheung served as District Officer (North), Assistant Director-General of Trade, Administrative Assistant to the Financial Secretary, Deputy Judiciary Administrator, Deputy Head of Central Policy Unit, Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, Commissioner for Labour, Director of Education, Permanent Secretary for Economic Development and Labour. He was promoted to Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2004.

     Mr Cheung has been Secretary for Labour and Welfare since July 1, 2007.

Mr Paul Chan

     Aged 61, Mr Paul Chan holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He had over 30 years' experience in the accounting sector, and had worked for the Inland Revenue Department, the former Construction Industry Training Authority, a listed company and accountancy firms. Mr Chan had a long history of serving the accounting sector. He is a former President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a former Chairman of The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Hong Kong. He had also held a number of public service positions including Chairman of the Legal Aid Services Council and non-official member of the Commission on Strategic Development.

     Mr Chan was elected as a member of the Legislative Council representing the Accountancy Constituency in 2008. He has been Secretary for Development since July 30, 2012.

Ends/Monday, January 16, 2017
Issued at HKT 14:48