The Board is charged with setting the SFC’s overall direction and policies, providing strategic guidance to senior management, and overseeing the executive functions. The Board delegates a number of regulatory powers and functions to the executive directors (EDs) and other senior staff, while retaining the non-delegable functions under the SFO. Board meetings are held at least once every month.
The SFO requires that the majority of our Board members be made up of non-executive directors (NEDs), who can bring to this core governance body a good mix of experience and expertise as well as independent and informed perspectives on regulatory and policy issues. Since the enactment of the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Ordinance 2006, the posts of chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) have been segregated to strengthen checks and balances.
The Board comprises a non-executive chairman, a CEO, EDs and NEDs. All Board members are appointed for a fixed term by the Chief Executive (CE) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), or the Financial Secretary (FS) under delegated authority.
Practices outlined below also help the Board maintain high corporate governance standards.
During the year, Dr Eddy Fong was re-appointed as non-executive chairman for a term of one year to October 2012. In addition, three NEDs were re-appointed: Mr Wong Kai-man for a term of two years to May 2013; The Hon Mr Chan Kam-lam and Mr Lawrence Lee Kam-hung for a term of two years respectively to November 2013.
In early June 2011, Mr Martin Wheatley left the post of CEO of the SFC. Following an extensive global search commissioned by the Government, Mr Ashley Alder took up the top executive job on 1 October 2011 for a three-year term.
The Board is of sufficient size to ensure that the requirements of the business are met. At year-end, the Board had a membership of 13, namely, a chairman, seven NEDs and five EDs (including the CEO). (refer to Board of directors for membership details.)
Last year, 16 Board meetings were held.
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