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Cathay Pacific chief's shock exit a warning to other firms

It is seen as a signal to both foreign and local firms in HK that they could face Beijing's wrath

The sudden resignation of Cathay Pacific chief executive officer Rupert Hogg last week, after the airline incurred the wrath of China over the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, has raised the million-dollar question of who could be next to get the axe.

Observers in the political and business sectors say Mr Hogg's shocking exit is a warning to all Hong Kong firms and foreign multinational companies (MNCs) that they risk being at the receiving end of Beijing's wrath.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 21, 2019, with the headline 'Cathay Pacific chief's shock exit a warning to other firms'. Print Edition | Subscribe