Adrian is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New World Development Company Limited (HXEx 00017). In this role, he oversees the strategy and operations of the entire group, which spans property investment and development, infrastructure, construction, healthcare, insurance, hotels and other consumer and technology businesses. Its Greater China operations, primarily in the Greater Bay Area, had a total asset value of approximately HK$639.7 billion as at 31 December 2021.
Adrian was appointed CEO in March 2020. Since first joining the company in 2006, he has held various senior roles including Executive Director, Joint General Manager, Executive Vice Chairman and General Manager. Previously, he gained corporate finance and investment banking experience while working at international firms, UBS and Goldman Sachs.
Adrian’s focus is on revitalising the 50-year group by continuing to evolve its offerings and embedding culture, technology, innovation and sustainability into all facets of the organisation. He is strongly committed to Creating Shared Value; connecting business success with social progress, and improving social welfare.
At 29 years of age, Adrian established the K11 brand, the world’s first ‘cultural-retail’ concept, with the intention of merging art and commerce and curating the customer journey with a focus on the next generation. The growing franchise (which plans to operate 40 sites by 2025) includes art malls, office buildings, luxury residences and two not-for-profit organisations, the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation and K11 Art Foundation, that are focused on fostering cross-cultural art education and conserving and rejuvenating traditional Chinese craftsmanship.
Adrian has led some of New World Development’s most ambitious and impactful projects to date, including the development of Victoria Dockside, a US $2.6 billion, 3 million-sq-ft art and design district on the promenade of Hong Kong's iconic Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.
He is spearheading several major development projects in the Greater Bay Area, including the recently announced ECOAST development, a one-of-a-kind commercial complex worth RMB10 billion in Shenzhen, aiming to create the region’s first circular economy hub and largest harbourfront cultural/retail destination. He has also led the development of 11 SKIES at Hong Kong International Airport, which will be the first development to combine retail, dining, entertainment and wellness, and become a world class destination for people from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland – especially from the Greater Bay Area.
In 2017, Adrian founded C Ventures, a venture capital company that manages an investment portfolio of disruptive lifestyles, technology and media brands. The company champions the power of creativity and innovation and targets millennials and Gen Z. The portfolio includes brands such as CASETiFY, Fiture, RTFKT Studio and Moda Operandi.
In addition to the various board positions that Adrian holds on behalf of New World Development Company Limited and its affiliates, he is also a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, the City University of Hong Kong’s International Advisory Board and the Ivey Asia Advisory Board.
Adrian was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR government in 2022 for his outstanding contribution to Hong Kong, taking a leading part in supporting the local community and creating shared value over the years.