Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited (Hacis) – the added-value logistics subsidiary of Hong Kong’s largest cargo handler, Hactl – has been given a higher standing within the Hactl Group following the appointment of its Managing Director to the Hactl Executive Board.

Hacis Managing Director Vivien Lau joins a team comprising Mark Whitehead (Chief Executive), Tan Chee Hong (Chief Operating Officer), Eugenia Ma (Finance Director), and Lilian Chan, Cecilia Cheung, Kenneth Chan, Simon Fu and Cindy Ng (all Executive Directors).

Lau became Hacis MD in October 2012; she previously worked for various companies wholly- or partly owned by the Jardine Matheson Group (which is the largest shareholder in Hactl); her previous post was with Jardine Airport Services Group. She holds an MBA, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, and is a qualified management accountant.

Since joining Hacis, Ms. Lau has played a key role in re-shaping the group’s activities in response to parting with customer and former shareholder Cathay Pacific - transforming Hacis from a support function to Hactl, into a dynamic, autonomous business that now makes a significant contribution to group earnings and has its own ambitious development plans.

Hacis is a commercially-neutral organisation, whose activities include express airfreight road feeder services to and from its six IATA-designated cargo depots situated throughout Southern China’s major industrial region; local airfreight collection and delivery services throughout Hong Kong; and added value services at its Chek Lap Kok base, including pallet building and breakdown, packing and labelling, and provision of customer reception facilities. It has its own customer base comprising airlines and freight forwarders.

In January 2014, Ms. Lau was also appointed as MD of Hactl Development Holdings Ltd (HDHL) – the group’s projects, investment and consultancy business – where she has initiated a new focus on cargo and logistics opportunities throughout Greater China and Southeast Asia, leveraging her past experience in launching successful overseas ventures in the region.

Says Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead: “Vivien’s appointment to the Executive Board of Hactl is both a reward for her strong performance since joining Hacis, and a recognition of the much more important role that Hacis will play in Hactl’s activities in the future.

“We now have a very strong executive board for Hactl, and have paved the way for improved cooperation and communication between Hactl and Hacis.”