24 April 2006
Ir James Blake takes over as CEO
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today announced that Ir James Blake will become the Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2006 upon the departure of Mr Samuel Lai, Acting Chief Executive Officer at the end of April.
The Chairman of KCRC, Mr Michael Tien, thanked Mr Lai for his 23 years of dedicated service to the Corporation.
"I have great admiration for Mr Lai's knowledge and experience. Over the years he has consistently demonstrated a high level of professionalism and accountability in the discharge of his responsibilities.
"Under his leadership, the Corporation has been successful in commissioning the new railway lines and managing the smooth operation in the first two years of opening. The operating railways have also maintained their world-class standards in safety and reliability.
"With his strong financial and management background, Mr Lai has sustained the sound and solid financial condition of the Corporation, which is essential to its development."
At the same time, Mr Tien was pleased to have Ir Blake on board to lead the Corporation to move forward. With his wealth of management experience and commitment to KCRC, Ir Blake will be able to contribute to the Corporation's success, and to ensure a smooth merger of the railway systems of the KCRC and MTR Corporation as well as the interest of the staff.