Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee aims to ensure a fair and transparent process of Board appointments, and in particular, to assist the Board to identify suitably qualified candidates and make recommendations for consideration of the Board and shareholders. In their recommendations, the Nomination Committee considers factors including, but not limited to, ethics, professional knowledge, integrity, industry experience and personal skills as well as the ability to contribute sufficient time and attention to the Board when considering suitable candidates of Directors.

The Nomination Committee is formed by one Executive Director and three Independent Non-executive Directors:

Horst Julius Pudwill MSc
Nomination Committee Chairman and Group Chairman


  • Group Executive Director
  • Strategic Planning
  • Operational Development


  • Nomination (Chairman)

Mr Horst Julius Pudwill, aged 74, is Chairman of TTI, a position he has held since he jointly founded the Group in 1985. Until 2008, he also served as Chief Executive Officer. As Chairman, Mr Pudwill focuses on the strategic planning and development of the Group and continues to have oversight of the operations, with the Chief Executive Officer reporting directly to him. Mr Pudwill has extensive experience in international trade, business and commerce. Mr Pudwill is also a director of Sunning Inc. which has an interest in the equity of the Company.

Mr Pudwill holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and a General Commercial Degree.

Mr Pudwill is the father of Mr Stephan Horst Pudwill, Vice Chairman and Group Executive Director. 

Christopher Patrick Langley OBE
Independent Non-executive Director


  • Nomination
  • Remuneration

Mr Christopher Patrick Langley, aged 74, was appointed as an Independent Non-executive Director in May 2001.

Mr Langley was formerly an Executive Director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd and is currently a Non-executive Director of Lei Shing Hong Limited which has been delisted from the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited on March 17, 2008. 

Vincent Ting Kau Cheung
Independent Non-executive Director


  • Remuneration (Chairman)
  • Audit
  • Nomination

Mr Vincent Ting Kau Cheung, aged 77, was appointed as a Director in 1991 and was re-designated as an Independent Non-executive Director on March 30, 2012.

Mr Cheung is a graduate in law from University College London and has been a practising solicitor since 1970. He is qualified to practice law in Hong Kong and England and Wales and he is now a Consultant of Vincent T.K. Cheung, Yap & Co. He is also a Fellow of University College London and a Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole of France. 

Johannes-Gerhard Hesse
Independent Non-executive Director


  • Audit
  • Nomination

Mr Johannes-Gerhard Hesse (commonly known as Hans-Gerd Hesse), aged 59, was appointed as an Independent Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from October 1, 2016. Mr Hesse holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Cologne and has acquired extensive business management, strategy, leadership and corporate governance experience in Europe and Asia.

Mr Hesse's professional career turned global in 1988 when joining RJ Reynolds International, a division of RJR Nabisco Inc., where he henceforth held market research and marketing positions in Germany, its regional headquarters in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. In 1996 he was appointed General Manager Hungary and in 1998 Regional Vice President Marketing for the Commonwealth of Independent States & Baltics (i.e. former Soviet Union). In 1999, JT International, a division of Japan Tobacco Inc. ("JTI"), appointed Mr Hesse as General Manager Singapore, Philippines & Australasia. He became Vice President & General Manager China in 2002 and served simultaneously as Vice Chairman on the board of directors of China American Cigarette Co. JV in Xiamen. In 2003 followed his appointment to Vice President Corporate Strategy at JTI's global headquarters. In 2007, Mr Hesse joined JTI's Executive Committee as Regional President Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong, holding concurrently governance and board director responsibilities in affiliates of the JTI Group of Companies in Asia. He retired from these positions before the end of 2010. From 2011 onwards, Mr Hesse started to develop his proprietary investment holding and business advisory company, maintaining permanent residency in Hong Kong and Switzerland.  

Terms of Reference – Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee has been established to ensure a fair and transparent process of Board appointments, in particular to assist the Board to identify suitable candidates and make recommendations for consideration of the Board and shareholders. (PDF)