Professor Gary C. BIDDLE, aged 69, has served as an Independent Non-executive Director of our Company since May 2006. Professor Biddle is Professor of Financial Accounting at University of Melbourne and Visiting Professor at Columbia University Business School, University of Hong Kong (HKU), and London Business School. Professor Biddle earned his MBA and PhD degrees at University of Chicago. He previously served as professor at University of Chicago, University of Washington, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and as visiting professor at China Europe International Business School (China), Fudan University (China), University of Glasgow (UK), IMD (Switzerland), and Skolkovo Business School (Russia). In academic leadership, Professor Biddle served as Dean and Chair Professor at HKU, and as Academic Dean, Department Head, Council member, Court member, Senate member, and Chair Professor at HKUST. He co-created the EMBA-Global Asia program and taught the first class and decade of the Kellogg-HKUST EMBA program, both recently ranked #1 in the world by Financial Times and QS. Professionally, he is a member of the AICPA, Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia, and HKICPA. He also is Accounting Area Editor for Journal of International Business Studies, Book Editor for The Accounting Review, and an editorial board member of other premier academic journals. Professor Biddle has served as a member of the American Accounting Association Executive Board and as Vice-President and President-Elect Candidate, Accounting Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Financial Reporting Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong, HKICPA Council, Accreditation and Financial Reporting Standards Committees of HKICPA, Hong Kong Institute of Directors Training Committee, and as President and cofounding Council Member of the Hong Kong Academic Accounting Association. Professor Biddle conducts research on financial and management accounting (teaching both), value creation, economic forecasting, corporate governance and performance metrics, including EVA®. His research appears in leading academic journals and in the financial press including CNN, SCMP, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. He has over 8,100 Google Scholar citations and ranks among the top 0.28% in career research citations and top 0.10% in career research downloads among all social scientists (SSRN). Professor Biddle has won 30 teaching honours, including three “Professor of Year” awards from the world’s top-ranked EMBA programs. He proudly serves as Independent Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of leading listed companies including Kingdee International Software Group Limited and New Hope Group Real Pet Food Company, and served as Remuneration Committee Chair of Chinachem Group.