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From left to right (above): Echo Huang, Adrian Cheng and Jenny Chiu

There has been a round of job shuffles at Hong Kong-based property developer New World Development.

The big news from a HR point of view is the promotion of the company’s senior HR director, Jenny Chiu Wai-Han, to executive director. Echo Huang Shaomei has also been appointed an executive director. Both appointments will take place from 1 May.

With these two new appointments, female executives will now occupy 25% of board seats at New World – reportedly the highest proportion among major property developers in Hong Kong.

Jenny Chiu joined New World Development in 2004 and is responsible for planning and driving the strategic human resources direction, including talent acquisition, talent development and management, reward management and HR partnering services.

The board of directors also announced that current executive vice-chairman Adrian Cheng Chi-kong will be re-assigned as executive vice-chairman and chief executive for a fixed term of three years, also starting from next month.

“The promotion of gender equality and the appointment of women in leadership roles are important trends for all leading enterprises worldwide,” said Cheng.

“The presence of more women in the boardroom will broaden the range of perspectives available to the company, enhance the effectiveness of decision making and invigorate the quality of management,” he added.

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