21 March 2006
James Blake appointed KCRC's new CEO
The Managing Board of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today announced the appointment of Ir James Blake, JP, to be the Chief Executive Officer (Designate) with effect from 22 March 2006. Mr Samuel Lai, Acting Chief Executive Officer will stay on until the completion of a smooth handover of his duties as the Acting Chief Executive Officer to Ir. Blake.
Ir Blake was the Senior Director, Capital Projects for the KCRC from 1997 to 2004, responsible for supervising the implementation of the Corporation's railway expansion programme which included West Rail and the East Rail Extensions projects. Before joining KCRC in 1997, he was Secretary for Works in the Government between 1991 and 1995.
Ir Blake said, "I am honoured to be appointed to this important position at this crucial moment when the Corporation faces a lot of challenges. My priority is to rebuild the staff morale and ensure that they will continue to maintain the high standard of service as they have always done."
"I will also deal with the Corporation's issues in relation to the merger and will work closely with Mr Michael Tien, KCRC Chairman, and the Managing Board to increase the Corporation's transparency and accountability for the best interests of the Corporation and the public." he added.