Kerry Logistics garners two wins at Directors of the Year Awards 2017
The Board of Directors and group managing director William Ma were selected as the winner in the Boards category and the Executive Directors category.
December 4, 2017
By Ahmad Alshidiq
Kerry Logistics Network Limited has garnered two wins at the Directors of the Year Awards 2017 organised by The Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD). The Board of Directors and group managing director William Ma were selected as the winner in the Boards category and the Executive Directors category of the Listed Companies (SEHK – Hang Seng Indexes Constituents), respectively. The awards presentation ceremony was held on 30 November 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with chief executive of HKSAR Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor as the guest of honour.
Organised annually by the HKIoD and co-organised by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau of HKSAR Government, Securities and Futures Commission, and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, the awards aim to recognise outstanding boards and directors and to promote good corporate governance and director professionalism. The awards this year have set as its theme ‘Belt and Road: Corporate Governance in Times of Opportunities’, which highlights the importance of good director practices for companies to cope with the new opportunities and challenges derived from the Belt and Road initiative.
The Board Award recognised the collective exemplary performance of the board of directors. The HKIoD judges commented that the Board of Kerry Logistics has been guiding the company to operate with integrity, transparency, and accountability. Its establishment and maintenance of risk management, internal control, and whistleblowing policies and systems were also commended.
The Executive Director Award was conferred in appreciation of the effectiveness, contribution, leadership and business ethics of the individual winner. William Ma attached great importance to those by applying his deep knowledge about the industry to set up strategy and manage risk from enterprise-wide perspective, the HKIoD judges remarked. His adherence to transparency when communicating with the Board and management team was likewise praised.
“We are deeply honoured to receive the two prestigious awards from the HKIoD,” said William Ma. “These awards acknowledge the dedicated efforts of the Board and staff. The team has toiled over many years in places of different languages, cultures, religious beliefs, and political systems. Our journey has challenged us to move out of our comfort zones, and in the process, strengthened our core belief: quality governance is twinned with operational excellence, ensuring sustainable value to customers and shareholders.”
“We are grateful to the awards committee for this encouragement. We remain committed in upholding our best practices in corporate governance. This will continue to drive Kerry Logistics’ vision to become Asia’s leading logistics service provider, enabling us to maintain our competitive advantage to capture opportunities in different markets globally and along the new Silk Road, as well as to create long-term value to our shareholders and stakeholders,” William Ma added.