Profile of Chairman
Dr. Tai Tak Fung, Stephen, GBM GBS, SBS ,JP
The founder and chairman of the Group
Virtue is its own reward, lending contentment to self and giving forth happiness and long life. ── Stephen Tai
“To achieve happiness and live a flourishing life, we must cultivate ourselves no matter how much pain or discomfort it may cause. Every time when we encounter a difficult situation, if we could try our best to overcome it by looking at it from a wider perspective, stay calm, think clearly, be more observant while keeping an open and creative mind, at the same time know how to get help from our true friends, wisdom and virtue will naturally come to you and your life will flourish.”
The Hon TAI Tak Fung, Stephen, GBM, GBS, SBS, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from the Government of Japan, JP, PhD (honoris causa), has been an executive director of the Company since June 1993. Mr. Tai is the founder and chairman of the Group, in charge of corporate and policy planning. He has been awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal, Gold Bauhinia Star, Silver Bauhinia Star and Justice of the Peace by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He served as a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (“CPPCC”) from 2003 to 2018, during which period he was a standing committee member of the CPPCC from 2008 to 2018. He is currently a standing committee member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the CPPCC. Mr. Tai was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the Government of Japan in 2017 in recognition of his contributions towards the promotion of Japanese food products in China. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Jinan University and serves several public positions, including the president of the Hong Kong Foodstuffs Association, the honorary president of Friends of Hong Kong Association, the founding chairman of the Hong Kong CPPCC (Provincial) Members Association, the chairman of the Hong Kong Guangdong Chamber of Foreign Investors and a special advisor to China National Food Industry Association. He received a number of awards, including Industrialist of the Year Award conferred by Federation of Hong Kong Industries. Other accolades include Asia’s Leading Food Entrepreneur of the Year 2020, Certificate of Honor for Business Lifetime Achievement for Producing Quality Food Products, the Worldwide Prominent Chiu Chow Business Leader Award 2012-2013, the World Outstanding Chinese Award, the Philanthropist Award of the Grand Charity Ceremony 2011, the 30th Food Industry Distinguished Service Award of Japan, the Award of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan for the Overseas Promotion of Japanese Food, the Outstanding Contribution Award of the China National Food Industry, the China Food Safety Annual Conference Award of Distinguished Management Entrepreneur, “Honourable Citizen of Shantou City”, “Honourable Citizen of Guangzhou City” and “Honourable Citizen of Jilin City” in Mainland China. He is also a non-executive director of Hong Kong Food Investment Holdings Limited, a substantial shareholder of the Company and the shares of which are listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited.