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East Asian Games company appointments announced

The following is issued on behalf of the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited:

The Board of Directors of the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited (2009 EAG (HK) Ltd) today (November 1) announced the appointment of Mr Johnny Woo Wai-man as the Chief Executive Officer of the company with effect from November 8, 2006.

The 2009 EAG (HK) Ltd is established as the executive arm of the East Asian Games Planning Committee (EAGPC) to carry out the preparatory work for the Games in 2009.

The company is managed by a board of directors chaired by President of the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Mr Timothy Fok, who also chairs the EAGPC.

The newly appointed CEO will be responsible for carrying out various aspects of work for the organisation, implementation and delivery of the 2009 East Asian Games, including co-ordination with relevant government departments and the local sports sector.

Mr Woo worked in the Leisure and Cultural Services Department before retirement in 2005 and has more than 30 years' experience in developing leisure services and driving sports development in Hong Kong. He has built up an extensive network with the local sports sector. He was selected to become the CEO from some 30 candidates in an open recruitment exercise conducted earlier this year by a recruitment board comprised of the board of directors of the 2009 EAG (HK) Ltd and chaired by Mr Fok.

"Mr Woo's immense experience in sports development and close working relationship with the local sports sector are crucial elements for us to prepare for the 2009 Games," Mr Fok said.

The company also announced that Mr Eddie Suen Kwok-tung and Ms Joyce Tse Wai-chu had assumed the offices of Head (Administration) and Head (Publicity and Marketing) of the company in August and October, 2006, respectively.

Mr Suen has good knowledge and experience in managerial and administrative work and has worked for various non-government organisations. He was the former Executive Director of the Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth.

Ms Tse has extensive experience in public relations and marketing, serving more than 10 years in senior management positions in the field of information technology and telecommunications as well as banking.

"We will have a strong team of executives to implement the 2009 East Asian Games and more staff will be in place next year. With our concerted efforts, we will make the Games a success for Hong Kong," Mr Fok said.

Ends/Wednesday, November 1, 2006
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