Board of Directors
Chairman of the Nomination Committee and Member of the General Committee
Dr Raymond OR Ching Fai, aged 69, is Executive Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Company. He was appointed as Independent Non-executive Director of the Company in March 1996 and became Independent Non-executive Chairman of the Board since June 2012 until his re-designation as Executive Chairman and Executive Director effective 1 April 2018. He is also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the General Committee of the Board, a director of certain subsidiaries, and a trustee of a charitable trust of the Company.
Dr OR was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Social Science by the City University of Hong Kong in November 2014. He is a non-executive director and non-executive chairman of China Strategic Holdings Limited. He is also an independent non-executive director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited and Regina Miracle International (Holdings) Limited. Both companies are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. Dr OR was the former vice chairman and chief executive of Hang Seng Bank Limited, the former chairman of Hang Seng Life Limited and a director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Cathay Pacific Airways Limited and Hutchison Whampoa Limited until his retirement in May 2009. He was also the former vice chairman and independent non-executive director of G-Resources Group Ltd., the former independent non-executive director of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited and Television Broadcasts Limited, and the former deputy chairman and non-executive director of Aquis Entertainment Limited (a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange). He was the former chief executive officer of China Strategic Holdings Limited until he stepped down on 18 January 2018 and was executive director and executive chairman until his re-designation on 1 April 2018.
Member of the Remuneration Committee and the General Committee
Mr Anders Christian KRISTIANSEN, aged 52, has been appointed as Executive Director of the Company and Group Chief Executive Officer effective 1 June 2018. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the General Committee of the Board, a director of certain subsidiaries, and a trustee of a charitable trust of the Company. Prior to joining Esprit, he was an industrial advisor for a global private equity fund, Permira. He was previously the chief executive officer and director of New Look, a global fast fashion apparel company based in London, from January 2013 to September 2017. Under his leadership, New Look transformed its business model from a traditional high street retailer to a strong omnichannel player, with an enhanced focus on brand building. Mr KRISTIANSEN was instrumental to the successful execution of a 5-year strategic plan. Prior to this role, he has held various senior executive roles in the Bestseller Fashion Group China, Staples Inc. in China, and in Lyreco, an office supplies company, where he managed the business in Europe and then in Asia Pacific.
Member of the Risk Management Committee and the General Committee
Dr Johannes Georg SCHMIDT-SCHULTES, aged 53, has been appointed as Executive Director of the Company and Group Chief Financial Officer effective 21 October 2019. He is a member of the Risk Management Committee and the General Committee of the Board, and a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company. He obtained his PhD in Finance from Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and is an internationally experienced, fully-rounded finance executive. Dr SCHMIDT-SCHULTES has most recently served as chief financial officer and executive director of BMI Group Holdings UK Limited. He was the former chief financial officer and executive director of Apleona Group GmbH in 2017 and of Semperit AG Holding (a company listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange) from 2011 to 2017. He was the former deputy group chief financial officer of Telstra Corporation Limited (a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange) from 2007 to 2011. Prior to this role, Dr Dr SCHMIDT-SCHULTES was the finance director and executive director of T-Mobile (UK) Limited (2004-2007) and T-Mobile Austria GmbH (2001-2004).
Member of the Audit Committee
Mr. Jürgen Alfred Rudolf FRIEDRICH, aged 80, founded Esprit’s European operations in 1976 and has been a Non-executive Director of the Company since 1997. He is a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Mr FRIEDRICH has over 32 years of experience in the apparel distribution and marketing business and is currently retired in Switzerland.
Independent Non-executive Directors
Chairman of the Risk Management Committee, Member of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee
Mr Carmelo LEE Ka Sze, aged 59, has been an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company since July 2013. He is the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Board, and a trustee of a charitable trust of the Company. He is a partner of Messrs. Woo Kwan Lee & Lo, Solicitors & Notaries. Mr LEE is appointed as a chairman of the Listing Review Committee of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "Stock Exchange") with effect from 5 July 2019. He is a convenor and member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong, a Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal Panel constituted under the Buildings Ordinance, a member of the InnoHK Steering Committee, a member of the Campaign Committee and a Co-Chairman of the Corporate Challenge Half Marathon of The Community Chest of Hong Kong. He served as the chairman of the Listing Committee the Stock Exchange from 2012 to 2015 after serving as deputy chairman and member of the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange from 2009 to 2012 and from 2000 to 2003 respectively. Mr LEE was a member of the SFC (HKEC Listing) Committee until 1 April 2018.
Mr LEE obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from The University of Hong Kong and qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales, Singapore and Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
Mr LEE is a non-executive director of CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Limited, Safety Godown Company Limited and Playmates Holdings Limited and an independent non-executive director of KWG Property Holding Limited and China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co., Ltd., all these companies are listed on the Stock Exchange. He was a non-executive director of Hopewell Holdings Limited until May 2019, Yugang International Limited (now known as Planetree International Development Limited) until April 2019 and Termbray Industries International (Holdings) Limited until September 2019.
Member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee
Ms Sandrine Suzanne Eleonore Agar ZERBIB, aged 57, has been appointed as Independant Non-executive Director of the Company effective 3 October 2019. She is a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Board. She is the founder and chairman of Full Jet Management Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a Shanghai based and China focused brand management and digital agency specializing in digital brand strategy, e-commerce operations and 360 degree marketing. She is a member of the advisory board of Pictet Premium Brands Fund and the China board of Infront Sports & Media AG. She is also a director of Allure Systems, a start-up providing fashion companies with a solution for virtualized apparel enabling virtual try-on.
Ms ZERBIB was the former non-executive chairman of Lacoste China and former executive director and chief executive officer of China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. (a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited). She was the managing director of adidas China from 1994 to 2003 and the president of adidas Greater China Area from 2003 to 2007. She was also a former director of Mecox Lane (a company listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market).