Possible candidates to succeed Carrie Lam

NORMAN CHAN
NORMAN CHAN
HENRY TANG
HENRY TANG
PAUL CHAN
PAUL CHAN
BERNARD CHAN
BERNARD CHAN
MATTHEW CHEUNG
MATTHEW CHEUNG
REGINA IP
REGINA IP

NORMAN CHAN

Former Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief

The 64-year-old, who stepped down as head of Hong Kong's de facto central bank in September after a decade, is seen as an apolitical bureaucrat favoured by the city's financial elite. While he helped steer the city through the global financial crisis, defended the currency's peg and managed property downturns, he also oversaw the city's finances during a period when affordability for first-time home buyers dived.


HENRY TANG

Former chief secretary

Mr Tang, 67, served as Hong Kong's No. 2 official through the global financial crisis and ran the city's finances for almost four years before that. His quest for the chief executive's role in 2012 failed after scandals, including an unapproved basement extension at his home to house an extensive wine collection. He denied any wrongdoing.


PAUL CHAN

Financial Secretary

Mr Chan, 64, is currently spearheading economic policy in Mrs Lam's administration.

 
 
 
 

An accountant by training, he previously served as a member of the Legislative Council and secretary of development.


BERNARD CHAN

HK Executive Council Convener

Mr Chan, 54, has served as the convener of Mrs Lam's Cabinet since leading her election campaign in 2017.

He has worked with all of the city's chief executives since the former British colony's return to Chinese rule in 1997, and also served as a deputy to the National People's Congress, China's legislature.


MATTHEW CHEUNG

Chief Secretary

Mr Cheung, 68, is Hong Kong's current No. 2 official and manages the city's affairs when Mrs Lam travels outside the city. He has worked in public service since the 1970s, including serving as the city's labour and welfare chief.


REGINA IP

Lawmaker

The 69-year-old is a member of the Legislative Council and Mrs Lam's advisory Executive Council who failed to get enough nominations to run for chief executive in 2017. She has been a public servant since 1975 and was the first woman to become secretary for security.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2019, with the headline 'Possible candidates to succeed Lam'. Print Edition | Subscribe