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Esprit Holdings Ltd (0330.HK)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ching Fai Or

70 2020 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Anders Kristiansen

51 2018 Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Johannes Schmidt-Schultes

54 2019 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Leif Erichson

37 Chief Operations Officer

Simon Heckscher

36 2016 General Manager - Outlets

Dieter Messner

2015 General Manager - Europe, Americas and Middle East

Guillaume Thery

2015 General Manager – Asia Pacific

Su Yi Chiu

40 2020 Executive Director

Marc Tschirner

48 2020 Executive Director

Hung Wai Wong

43 2020 Executive Director

Juan Antonio Chaparro Vazquez

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Rafael Espuch

47 2013 Chief Product Officer

Elena Lazcanotegui Larrarte

44 2017 Chief Product Officer

Jurgen MiCheLBerGer

52 2015 Chief Digital Officer

Ernst-Peter Vogel

2015 Chief Financial Officer Operations Officer

Marion Welp

2015 Chief HR & Legal Affairs Officer

Tik Man Lo

2020 Company Secretary

Jurgen Friedrich

80 1997 Non-Executive Director

Kwok Pan Chung

56 2020 Independent Non-Executive Director

Ka Sze Lee

59 2013 Independent Non-Executive Director

Kin Ching Lo

63 2020 Non-Executive Independent Director

Norbert Platt

71 2012 Independent Non-Executive Director

Sandrine Zerbib

57 2019 Non-Executive Independent Director

Patrick Lau

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Ching Fai Or

Dr. Ching Fai Or serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board 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. As at the date of this announcement, 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, of which he was the former chief executive officer until he stepped down on 18 January 2018 and was executive director and executive chairman until his re-designation on 1 April 2018. 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 (the “Stock Exchange”). 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 Limited, 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

Anders Kristiansen

Mr. Anders Christian Kristiansen serves as Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of the Company. He is currently 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.

Johannes Schmidt-Schultes

Dr. Johannes Schmidt-Schultes serves as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director 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 Schmidt-Schultes was the finance director and executive director of T-Mobile (UK) Limited (2004-2007) and T-Mobile Austria GmbH (2001-2004).

Leif Erichson

Mr. Leif Erichson is Chief Operations Officer of the Company. He manages the Omnichannel Operations as well as the implementation of the Omnichannel Strategy and is responsible for the global iT systems of the Group. Mr ERiCHSON joined Esprit in 2003 and worked in several positions in the merchandise management area before he developed into area of e-commerce operations in 2009. in 2010, Mr ERiCHSON was appointed as Vice President – Head of e-Commerce Operations where he successfully transformed the e-commerce operations into leading edge operations in the fashion industry. Before promoted to the current position, Mr ERiCHSON held the position of Senior Vice President – Head of Omnichannel between 2014 to 2015, where he built up the seamless integration between the digital and bricks and mortar customer experience with services such as Click & Collect. He obtained a Master of Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany.

Simon Heckscher

Mr. Simon Heckscher serves as General Manager - Outlets of the Company. He manages the Global Outlet Strategy and is responsible for the profit and loss of the Group’s outlet business (excluding APAC). For more than 2 years, he was Senior Vice President – head of Corporate Strategy of the Group and was responsible for strategic initiatives including the implementation of a vertical business model. Prior to joining esprit in September 2013, mr heCKSCher has spent almost 7 years at the boston Consulting Group (bCG). he has worked on various strategic projects in the apparel industry, banking and industrial goods sector across europe and the middle east, including the support of the Group’s transformation plan from 2011 to 2013. mr heCKSCher obtained a master of business Administration degree with Dean’s honors and Distinction from Columbia university in the City of new York, uSA, a master of business Administration degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the university of mannheim, Germany, and a master of international business degree from the university of Sydney, Australia.

Dieter Messner

Mr. Dieter Messner is General Manager - Europe, Americas and Middle East of the Company. He has overall profit and loss responsibility for the retail and wholesale businesses in these regions. Prior to joining the Group in June 2015, he spent the last 10 years in the DiY retail industry as board member responsible for the international business of Obi. between 1995 and 2004, Mr. Messner worked for mcKinsey & Company leading and managing various retail projects across europe. he has more than 15 years of non-food retail experience and has a profound knowledge of many Central, Western and eastern european markets. Mr. Messner graduated from the Vienna university of economics and business Administration and obtained a master of business Administration degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of management.

Guillaume Thery

Mr. Guillaume Thery serves as General Manager – Asia Pacific of the Company. He has overall profit and loss responsibility of Asia Pacific. He has extensive experience in retail and luxury sectors across Asia. Prior to joining the Group in September 2015, he spent most of his career in retail business with a specific focus on Asian markets for the past 15 years while holding several positions within the LVMH group. his last role was president of the LVMH Fashion Group for Asia, taking care of the development of several brands such as Celine, Givenchy, Kenzo, marc Jacobs, Loewe. He started his career in marks & Spencer in the united Kingdom, followed by several european retail functions in Fnac (Kering group) and a general management role of an independent French airline company.

Su Yi Chiu

Ms. Chiu Su Yi serves as Executive Director of the Company. She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Summa Cum Laude and from the University of Alberta with a Juris Doctor. Ms. CHIU is the head of legal for Seekers Advisors H.K. Limited, a Securities and Futures Commission licensed entity based in Hong Kong. Ms. CHIU is admitted as an attorney at law in the State of New York, USA, and a barrister and solicitor in the British Columbia Province in Canada. She is the sole director of the Requisitionist, which is a substantial shareholder (as such term is defined in the Listing Rules) of the Company. Previously, Ms. CHIU worked in the Corporate Department of Hogan Lovells focusing on corporate finance, securities law matters and mergers & acquisitions. Ms. CHIU also worked at Remedios and Company, a law firm situated in Vancouver, Canada.

Marc Tschirner

Mr. Tschirner Marc Andreas serves as Executive Director of the Company. He graduated from University of Konstanz with a Master Degree in Law in 1998. Mr. TSCHIRNER is admitted to the German Bar in 2002, all Higher German Regional Courts in 2007 and as a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Hong Kong in 2018. Mr. TSCHIRNER has been a Registered Foreign Lawyer at Shum & Co. Solicitors, Hong Kong since 2019 and the External Chief Representative at Roedl & Partner, Hong Kong since 2017. Previously, Mr. TSCHIRNER also worked for Arthur Andersen in Zurich and Ernst & Young in Zurich with a primary focus in tax law. In addition, between 2004 and 2008, Mr. TSCHIRNER held a position as Vice President at Credit Suisse Group, Zurich. Between 2008 and 2015, Mr. TSCHIRNER was an Executive Director at Bank Julius Baer, Zurich. Between 2016 and 2017, Mr. TSCHIRNER was a Director at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Hong Kong.

Hung Wai Wong

Mr. Wong Hung Wai serves as Executive Director of the Company. He graduated from Imperial College London, United Kingdom with a bachelor of science degree in physics. He possesses over 20 years’ experience in the financial services and management consultancy sectors. He has expertise in corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, fintech innovations, business development and business transformation. Mr. WONG worked for global financial institutions, such as HSBC Group, in various senior management positions across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), CFP (Certified Financial Planner), FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager) professional qualifications. Mr. WONG has been a representative of the Requisitionist and was an executive director and managing executive officer of Planetree International Development Limited, a company incorporated in Bermuda with limited liability whose shares are listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (stock code: 00613).

Juan Antonio Chaparro Vazquez

Mr. Juan Antonio Chaparro Vazquez serves as Chief Supply Chain Officer of the Company. he is responsible for developing and operating all supply chain functions of the Group, including global buying, global sourcing, product planning, global quality control, sustainability, and inbound logistics. in January 2016, he has also undertaken the responsibility over the esprit men Product Division, where he leads the product direction and manages the development of the collections. mr ChAPArrO brings with him a rich background in product development, vertical supply chain management and apparel retailing. Prior to joining the Group in February 2013, he was the buying director of Zara, the main brand of inditex, where he spent over 12 years in various positions. in the period between 2005 and 2009, he managed his own apparel company and provided retail management consulting services to several top brands. mr ChAPArrO obtained a master’s degree in business management and marketing management from business & marketing School of eSiC university in Spain. Additionally, mr ChAPArrO serves as a professor at iSem Fashion business School as well as at ie business School, both located in madrid, Spain.

Rafael Espuch

Mr. Rafael Pastor Espuch serves as Chief Product Officer of the Company. He is responsible for managing the product creation and design of all product divisions of the esprit brand. Prior to joining the Group in november 2013, He experience spans commercial strategy, product design, production, planning and distribution during his almost 18 years in inditex. For 12 years, February 2001 to January 2013, he was executive director of “Zara basic”, a woman product division of Zara, where he managed over two billion euro sales, reaching over 80 countries and 5 continents, with consistent like-for-like sales growth over the past recent years. Prior to this role, between 1995 and 2001, he served as product manager for Zara shoes, as the international clothing product manager for the united States, Greece and the middle east market, and as controller of another woman division. Heobtained a bachelor degree in economic and business Studies from the university of madrid, Spain.

Elena Lazcanotegui Larrarte

Ms. Elena Lazcanotegui Larrarte serves as Chief Product Officer of the Company. Prior to joining the Group in December 2012, she was leading the fast-to-market product development in Zara (women). During her 15 years in Zara, she held various management positions in supply chain management, product management and store management. She obtained bachelor Degree of business Administration from the university of Deusto in Spain and studied international business at Adolfo ibáñez university in Chile.

Jurgen MiCheLBerGer

Mr. Jurgen MiCheLBerGer serves as Chief Digital Officer of the Company. He manages the implementation of the Omnichannel strategy and is responsible for the profit and loss of the Group’s e-commerce business. mr miCheLberGer joined esprit in 1993 as Shop-in-Store manager Germany and was promoted to retail Partnership manager europe in 1996, where he successfully rolled out the shop-in-store and franchise expansion in europe. in 2000, he was assigned to build up the Group’s european e-commerce business and introduced the esprit Friends customer loyalty scheme in 2001. in 2012, he was appointed as Senior Vice President – head of Global e-commerce, followed by promotion to Chief Digital Officer in 2014. Prior to joining esprit, he worked in retail operations management at hugo boss and later managed his family’s retail business. he is a trained trade merchant and obtained a master’s degree in textile business management from LDt nagold Academy of Fashion management in Germany.

Ernst-Peter Vogel

Mr. Ernst-Peter Vogel serves as Chief Financial Officer Operations Officer of the Company. He is primarily responsible for the Group’s operational finance functions including the Group’s statutory and management reporting as well as the non-merchandising procurement functions and general administrative functions for the German companies. He joined the Group in 2003 as Senior Vice President – Finance Europe and has been overseeing various global finance projects and major iT projects of the Group in the past years, including the introduction of SAP to replace the former European ERP system. Before joining the Group, he headed the finance team of an international lifestyle group for 5 years. He has over 15 years of extensive experience in finance and tax matters, and possesses a qualification as a German Certified Public Accountant (Wirtschaftsprüfer) and tax advisor (Steuerberater). He obtained a Master of Business Administration degree (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the University of Frankfurt.

Marion Welp

Dr. Marion Welp serves as Chief HR & Legal Affairs Officer of the Company. She is responsible for leading the Global hr, Legal and Compliance teams. her prime focus is on global organizational effectiveness achieved by optimizing the esprit resources and driving operational excellence and capability. She joined esprit in 2007, and has built up the european legal department and later taking on responsibility for Group legal & compliance function globally. Prior to joining the Group, Dr WeLP was a corporate attorney at ecolab Gmbh & Co. KG from 2000 to 2007. She obtained her juris doctorate degree from the university of münster, Germany and the master of Laws degree from the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania, uSA. Dr WeLP is an admitted member of the German as well as the new York bar Association, is a nominated executive board member of the German in-house Counsel Association (bundesverbands der unternehmensjuristen) and was recognized in 2015 as one of Germany’s leading in-house counsels by “Legal 500”.

Tik Man Lo

Ms. Lo Tik Man serves as Company Secretary of the Company. Ms Lo has over 10 years of corporate and compliance experiences in listed and private companies. She is an associate of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries and The Chartered Governance Institute (formerly known as The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) in the United Kingdom.

Jurgen Friedrich

Mr. Jurgen Alfred Rudolf Friedrich serves as Non-Executive Director of the Company. He 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 remuneration 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.

Kwok Pan Chung

Mr. Chung Kwok Pan serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He has been responsible for the business management of Chungweiming Knitting Factory Limited since early 1988. Mr. CHUNG also has several social positions, including a member of the 5th and 6th Legislative Council of Hong Kong (Textile and Garment Sector), Leader of Liberal Party, Honorary Life Chairman of Hong Kong Apparel Society Limited, a director of The Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong, an advisor of New Territories General Chamber of Commerce, a director of Hong Kong Design Centre, Chairman of Design Discipline Advisory Board of Vocational Training Council, Chairman of Fashion Industry Training Advisory Committee, Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) and a member of the Advisory Group on Implementation of Fashion Initiatives, The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the HKSAR. He was also a member of the 9th Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in 1998. Mr. CHUNG obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying from Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology, Scotland (currently known as Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen) in July 1986 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom in May 1988. He served as an independent non-executive director of SFund International Holdings Limited (previously known as “Hanbo Enterprises Holdings Limited”) (stock code: 1367) from June 2014 to November 2016. He has served as an independent non-executive director of High Fashion International Limited (stock code: 608) since July 2019 and an independent nonexecutive director of Planetree International Development Limited (stock code: 613) since 1 April 2020. These companies are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”).

Ka Sze Lee

Mr. Ka Sze Lee CPA serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He is the Chairman of the risk management Committee and a member of the nomination Committee and the remuneration Committee of the board. he is a partner of messrs. Woo Kwan Lee & Lo, Solicitors & notaries. mr Lee is a member of the SFC (hKeC Listing) Committee. mr Lee was appointed as a convenor and member of the Financial reporting review Panel of the Financial reporting Council of hong Kong in July 2016. he is 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 of 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. he also served as a member of the Disciplinary Panels of the hong Kong institute of Certified Public Accountants from 2009 until 1 February 2017. 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 hopewell holdings Limited, CSPC Pharmaceutical Group Limited, Yugang international Limited, Safety Godown Company Limited and termbray industries international (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 Y.t. realty Group Limited from September 2004 to February 2016 and an independent non-executive director of Ping An insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd. from June 2009 to June 2015.

Kin Ching Lo

Mr. Kin Ching Lo serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. He is a chartered certified accountant, fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom, and a certified public accountant, fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (“Deloitte”) in 1980 and was a partner since 1988 until his retirement in 2016. He was chairman of Deloitte Hong Kong from 2006 to 2014 and chairman of Deloitte China from 2008 to 2014. He has 40 years of professional experience in providing auditing, financial advisory, restructuring, insolvency, mergers and acquisitions and initial public offering services. Mr Lo is a member of the Court of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a director of Hotel Icon Limited, a member of the Hospital Governing Committee of Queen Mary Hospital and Tsan Yuk Hospital, Hong Kong, a member of the College Council of Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Hong Kong, a committee member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council Fund; a director of Hong Kong Design Centre Limited, and a member of the Finance Committee of M+ Museum. He is an independent non-executive director of ZA Bank Limited. He served as a member of the Standing Commission on Civil Service Salaries and Conditions of Service, Hong Kong from 2013 to 2019. He was a member of the Committee of Overseers of Wu Yee Sun College, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a member of 10th and 11th of Hebei Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and an advisor to the China Accounting Standards Committee of the Ministry of Finance of China. He was the former chairman and executive director of Bisu Technology Group International Limited (a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited). He was an independent non-executive director of Radisson Hospitality AB (a company formerly listed on the stock exchange of Stockholm, Sweden).

Norbert Platt

Mr. Norbert Adolf Platt serves as Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee of the Board. He has 40 years of extensive experience in the industry of luxury goods. Mr plAtt was the chief executive officer of the Richemont group from october 2004 to March 2010. the Richemont group's luxury goods interests encompass a portfolio of internationally renowned brands including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, piaget, Montblanc, Chloé and Alfred Dunhill. under his leadership, the Richemont group recorded significant growth in turnover and profits. Mr plAtt was also a non-executive director of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA (the holding company of the Richemont group which is listed in Switzerland) until his retirement on 13 September 2017.prior to acting as chief executive officer of the Richemont group, Mr plAtt was the chief executive officer of Montblanc international GmbH ("Montblanc international") between 1987 and 2004. Mr plAtt successfully transformed Montblanc international from a maker of writing instruments into a diversified and globally renowned manufacturer of luxury goods. under his leadership, Montblanc international recorded remarkable growth in its turnover. Mr plAtt remained as the chairman of Montblanc Simplo GmbH based in Hamburg, Germany until 30 June 2013. From 1972 to 1987, Mr plAtt held various chief executive positions in Rollei Singapore and Germany. Mr plAtt graduated with a Master of Science Degree in precision Mechanical engineering, and attended business management and marketing programs at Harvard Business School of Harvard university and inSeAD.

Sandrine Zerbib

Ms. Sandrine Suzanne Ele Onore Agar Zerbib serves as Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company. 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).

Patrick Lau