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HKADC Appoints New Chief Executive

The Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) announced today that Ms Winsome Chow is appointed as the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Ms Chow will take office on 1st August 2015.

Ms Winsome Chow is a senior arts administrator of Hong Kong. She has recently retired from the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) where she was responsible for the management of 14 performing arts centres and the performing arts programmes. Her career path was marked by a number of festivals and celebration events such as the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Festival of Asian Arts, the opening festival of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the New Vision Arts Festival, World Cultures Festival and the International Arts Carnival.

She also has solid experience in facility planning and corporate development. Major projects that she handled included the 2006 Hong Kong Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts, the Venue Partnership Scheme of the LCSD, the planning and opening of Yau Ma Tei Theatre and Ko Shan Theatre Annex.

Ms Chow graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree. She obtained a Distinction honour in the Certificate Programme in Arts Administration of the University of Hong Kong and a Master degree on Human Resources Management and Development of the University of Leicester, UK. She also completed a Senior Executive Programme of the London Business School.

Dr Wong Ying-wai, Wilfred, Chairman of the HKADC, welcomed Ms Chow’s appointment as the Chief Executive. Ms Chow’s immense and wide-ranging arts administration and management experience and her knowledge of local arts and cultural matters are definitely essential to help implementing the future development strategies of the HKADC, Dr Wong said.

The appointment of the Chief Executive has undergone an open and scrupulous recruitment process. A Selection Panel is set up to select the most suitable candidate for the job. Ms Chow’s appointment is agreed by the Council on the recommendation of the Selection Panel.