MTR: Serving Hong Kong and Beyond
Sir C K Chow( ©PªQ±^ )
Chief Executive Officer , MTR Corporation
Friday, October 6, 2006
Hong Kong's MTR is recognised as one of the world's finest railways in terms of safety, service and cost efficiency. In a world of subsidised metro systems, it is a rare example of a railway that makes a profit without government financial assistance. The key to MTR's success is the rail-plus-property development model; a simple concept in which the railway system is integrated with residential and community developments. The result is high quality communities for residents who, in turn, are passengers for the railway. It is a unique model which provides Hong Kong with a world-class railroad network and service.
Sir C K Chow of MTR Corporation, will share with you MTR's experience in developing its unique business model and the challenges of exploring business opportunities beyond Hong Kong.
About the Speaker
Sir C K Chow is the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation.
Before he joined the Company, Sir C K was Chief Executive Officer of Brambles Industries PLC, a global support services company with dual listings in the United Kingdom and Australia. From 1997 to 2001, he was Chief Executive of GKN PLC, a leading global manufacturing company based in the UK. Prior to this, Sir C K spent 20 years with the BOC Group (formerly known as British Oxygen) where he held various positions in Hong Kong, Japan, U.S.A. and the United Kingdom. He was Chief Executive of BOC's Gases Division and Managing Director of the BOC Group PLC from 1993 to 1996.
Sir C K was born in Hong Kong and completed his secondary school education in the territory. He is a Chartered Engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science degree in the same field from the University of California. He holds an MBA degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering by the University of Bath. Sir C K is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the City & Guilds of London Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Services and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Hong Kong.
Sir C K was knighted in the United Kingdom in 2000 for contributions to industry. He was elected "International Executive of the Year" by the Academy of International Management in 2001.
In July 2004, Sir C K was appointed as Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank ( Hong Kong) Limited. He has been a non-executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC since 1997.
Sir C K is Member of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Council of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), and the General Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Member of the Council of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Sir C K is a Member of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.