Diane Chen to join HKCEC (Management) Limited as Deputy Managing Director

(18 June 2024)     Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) today announced the appointment of Ms Diane Chen as the second Deputy Managing Director to further strengthen its executive leadership team, effective 2 July 2024.  HML is a professional private management and operating company, responsible for providing day-to-day management for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Ms Chen will lead three divisions – Marketing & Sales, Communications, Human Resources & Administration, and will be responsible for developing and implementation of business strategies to maximise venue utilisation and revenue, enhancing corporate branding and human resources development of HML.  Ms Chen is also appointed as a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Committee.

Ms Chen joined Shenyang New World EXPO (EXPO) during its pre-opening stage in 2012 and progressed through several senior management positions before being promoted to General Manager in 2016.  During her 12 years at EXPO, Ms Chen has exemplified leadership in her ability to train, nurture and energize a staff that has performed consistently with enthusiasm and responsiveness which has translated to unique value in the venue's use by clients and attendees alike.  Through her active participation in professional development programmes and implementation of international operating and management industry standards at EXPO, she has successfully positioned EXPO as a premier exhibition and meeting venue in Mainland China and earned EXPO global recognition and business opportunities.

Ms Monica Lee-Müller, HML’s Managing Director, commented, “With the different global economic momentum and continuous development of the event industry in Asia after the pandemic, I’m delighted to have someone of Diane’s calibre onboard.  With her professional qualifications, diverse experience, leadership skills and enthusiasm, I am confident that she will contribute greatly to HML in meeting ever increasing demands from customers and stakeholders, while upholding the highest level of integrity in leading the HKCEC’s business and people developments.  The new appointment of a second Deputy Managing Director will enable HML to continuously evolve and develop our proposition to ensure that the HKCEC remains competitive and a venue of choice for world-class events.”

As an active contributor to the event and venue management industries, Ms Chen currently serves as a board member and Vice Chair of Asia Pacific Chapter of UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, Vice-Chairman of Shenyang Exhibition Industry Association, and a board member of the European Chamber, Northeast Chapter.   Ms Chen was awarded the designation of Certified Venue Executive (CVE) by International Association of Venue Management (IAVM) in 2021, being the first venue industry professional in Mainland China to receive such prestigious certification.

Ms Chen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France, and a Master’s Degree in Business Strategy Management from the Institut des Hautes Études Economiques et Commerciales, Paris, France.

About the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
This award-winning 306,000-sqm building, first opened in 1988, offers 91,500 sqm of rentable space. An iconic Hong Kong landmark, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) is located on a prime waterfront site in the central business district of Hong Kong. It is owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

About Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) is a professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day-to-day management for the HKCEC, where it oversees administration, marketing, booking, scheduling, event coordination, maintenance and security. It also manages food and beverage operations at the HKCEC, including restaurants and catering services. HML provides world-class services for users, visitors and guests of the HKCEC, a venue that has been consistently awarded the title of “Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia” by leading industry professionals. Events at the HKCEC, including exhibitions, conferences, corporate meetings, entertainment events, seminars and banquets, contribute significant economic benefits to the city and help raise the international image of Hong Kong.

HML is a member of NWS Holdings Limited.  Listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, NWS Holdings Limited (Hong Kong Stock Code: 659) is a conglomerate with a diversified portfolio of market-leading businesses, predominantly in Hong Kong and the Mainland. The Group’s businesses include toll roads, insurance, logistics, construction and facilities management. Through the Group’s sustainable business model, it is committed to creating more value for all stakeholders and the community.

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