Developer China Vanke founder Wang Shi steps down from board

Wang Shi, chairman of Vanke, speaking at a seminar organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS), on April 14, 2014.
Wang Shi, chairman of Vanke, speaking at a seminar organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS), on April 14, 2014.PHOTO: ZAOBAO

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - China Vanke Co founder and Chairman Wang Shi will step down from the board in the upcoming election, the company said on Wednesday, after a year-long corporate power struggle at the nation's No.2 property developer.

A shareholder meeting to elect new board members would be held on June 30, and the company said it had nominated three senior executives of major shareholder Shenzhen Metro as non-executive directors.

The state-owned subway operator's control over Vanke was affirmed earlier this month after its stake surpassed financial conglomerate Baoneng Group, which had sought to oust Vanke's management. "I have decided not to be re-elected as Vanke's director since the beginning of the discussion of a new board," Wang said in his blog. "Today, I'm handing the leadership to (president) Yu Liang, I believe it's the best timing. They are younger, but mature enough."

As of 0147 GMT (9:47 am Singapore time), shares of Vanke in Hong Kong had gained 0.5 per cent, while its counterparts in Shenzhen were up 0.8 per cent. The boarder market was down 0.7 per cent.

Vanke said in late March the make-up of the new board was still being negotiated by various parties, even though the term of the current board has officially expired on the 27th of the month.