January 17, 2018: Mark Whitehead, chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) will retire on March 7th after nearly 8 years at the helm. Whitehead’s place will be taken by Wilson Kwong.
Kwong is currently the chief executive of Jardine Engineering Corporation (JEC). He joined the Jardine Matheson Group in 1998, and has worked in Jardine Aviation Services, the Jardine Matheson Head Office, and Hongkong Land. Prior to joining JEC, he was chief executive officer of Raffles Quay Asset Management, a Hongkong Land joint venture company overseeing One Raffles Quay and Marina Bay Financial Centre in Singapore.
Whitehead welcomed Wilson to Hactl and said that he is confident that Hactl will flourish under his proven leadership.
Whitehead joined Hactl in 2010, with the specific task of steering the company through the biggest challenge in its history: the loss of its majority shareholder and major customer, Cathay Pacific, which in turn became Hactl’s competitor.
Under Whitehead’s leadership, Hactl continued its investment and modernisation programmes and achieved many firsts in the industry. The company handles over 100 airlines and more than 1.8 million tonnes of cargo (2017).
Whitehead also led Hactl to become the largest freighter ramp handler in Hong Kong. Its value-added logistics subsidiary, Hacis, has undergone significant investment and expansion.
“I look back with great satisfaction on what we achieved at Hactl and am clear that our extraordinary progress has only been possible through the drive, support and hard work of our workforce. I am proud to have led the team, and to have been part of such a strong ‘can do’ culture,” said Whitehead.
“I look forward to hearing about Hactl’s continuing growth and successes. For my own part, I have grown to love the air cargo industry, and the people in it. I still feel I have a lot to offer, and I look forward to opening a new chapter of opportunities and challenges – whatever and wherever they may be,” he concluded.