The Company has established a Nomination Committee with specific terms of reference which deal clearly with its duties and responsibilities. As at 31 December 2018, the Nomination Committee had three members, comprising Dr. Zhang Tianren (the Chairman and an executive Director), Mr. Huang Dongliang (independent non-executive Director) and Mr. Wu Feng (independent non-executive Director).

The terms of reference of the Nomination Committee have been determined with reference to the Code. The Nomination Committee is responsible for identifying potential new Directors and recommending to the Board for decision. A Director appointed by the Board is subject to re-election by Shareholders at the first annual general meeting after his/her appointment. Under the Company’s articles of association, at each annual general meeting, one-third of the Directors for the time being (or if their number is not a multiple of three, the number nearest to but not less than one-third) shall retire from office by rotation provided that every Director shall be subject to retirement by rotation at an annual general meeting at least once every three years. Basically, the nomination procedure follows the articles of association of the Company. Potential new Directors are selected on the basis of their qualification, skills and experience which the Nomination Committee considers will make a positive contribution to the performance of the Board.

When making recommendations regarding the appointment of any proposed candidate to the Board or re-appointment of any existing member(s) of the Board, the Nomination Committee shall consider a variety of factors including without limitation the following in assessing the suitability of the proposed candidate:

  • Reputation for integrity;
  • Qualifications including professional qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience that are relevant to the Company’s business and corporate strategy;
  • Willingness to devote adequate time to discharge duties as a Board member and other directorships and significant commitments;
  • Diversity in all aspects, including but not limited to gender, age (18 years or above), cultural and educational background, ethnicity, professional experience, skills, knowledge and length of service; and
  • Such other perspectives appropriate to the Company’s business.

These factors are for reference only, and are not meant to be exhaustive and decisive. The Nomination Committee may consider other factors so as to ensure that the Board has a balance of skills, experience and diversity of perspectives appropriate to the requirements of the Company’s business. The Nomination Committee has the discretion to nominate any person, as it considers appropriate.