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Taiwan-born executive tipped to lead Hong Kong's technology bureau

2012/05/08 21:31:52

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Hong Kong media reported Tuesday that a university vice president in Hong Kong who was born in Taiwan will likely be appointed as chief of the special administrative region's newly established Technology and Communications Bureau.

The Ming Pao newspaper reported that Nicholas W. Yang, executive vice president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, will very likely become the bureau chief as long as he gives up his U.S. citizenship.

The university declined to comment on the issue, it said.

The report added that Charles Peter Mok, chairman of the Professional Commons, a Hong Kong think tank, said that whoever takes the job will have to deal with policies governing Hong Kong's radio stations, which Mok described as a "hot potato."

According to the university, Yang, 57, graduated from California Institute of Technology in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and applied mathematics.

The university website said Yang also received a Masters in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University in 1978 and 1982, respectively.

He launched his career in Hong Kong in 1983 and was appointed CEO of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Co., Ltd. in 2003, where he helped the company become profitable. He has been executive vice president at the university since 2010.

(By Jamie Wang)