34 Daisy Ho
CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
POWER SCORE: 834
POSITION LAST YEAR: —
CLAIMS TO FAME
Daughter of Stanley Ho and sister of Pansy Ho
Long-time Executive Director of Shun Tak Holdings
There had long been speculation over exactly how the SJM power struggle would play out once Dr Stanley Ho officially stood down. As it turns out, there was no great fight for control and no power play between Dr Ho’s wife Angela Leong and daughter Pansy Ho.
Instead, it was Pansy Ho’s sister Daisy taking the throne in what appears to be an amicable solution to the situation – at least for the time being. Daisy, 53, was elected to the board of SJM Holdings in mid-2017 following the retirement of Dr Rui Cunha and 12 months later was just about unanimously voted in to replace her father as Chairman. Dr Ho, now deep into his 90s, has been deeply ill since taking a fall in his home in 2009 but only stepped down officially as Chairman of SJM in June.
But Daisy Ho is no stranger to high-powered roles. She was appointed an Executive Director of Shun Tak Holdings Limited in 1994 and has been the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Shun Tak since 1999. She is also a member of the executive committee, remuneration committee and nomination committee and a director of a number of its subsidiaries.
No doubt her Master of Business Administration Degree in finance from the University of Toronto and Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from the University of Southern California will come in handy, with SJM set to ramp up preparations for the long-awaited launch of Grand Lisboa Palace in Cotai next year.
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