Appointed as an Executive Director in March 2007, became Executive Director and Joint General Manager from March 2012, re-designated as Executive Vice-chairman and Joint General Manager from April 2015 and re-designated as Executive Vice-chairman and General Manager from March 2017. Dr. Adrian Cheng is a member of the Executive Committee and the chairman of the Sustainability Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company. Dr. Cheng is an executive director of New World Department Store China Limited and Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, and a non-executive director of Giordano International Limited, i-CABLE Communications Limited and New Century Healthcare Holding Co. Limited, all being listed public companies in Hong Kong. He was an executive director of International Entertainment Corporation and a non-executive vice chairman of Modern Media Holdings Limited, both being listed public companies in Hong Kong, up to his resignation on 10 June 2017 and 26 August 2017 respectively. He is an executive director of New World China Land Limited, a listed public company in Hong Kong until its delisting on 4 August 2016. He is a director of Chow Tai Fook (Holding) Limited and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited, both are substantial shareholders of the Company. Dr. Cheng is also the chairman of New World Group Charity Foundation Limited and a director of certain subsidiaries of the Group.
Dr. Cheng oversees the strategic direction for the Company's property development and investment activities. He has launched New World's The Artisanal Movement since January 2015, and is currently overseeing the Company’s large-scale developments including Victoria Dockside and Skycity. In 2008, Dr. Cheng launched the K11 brand, a museum-retail complex that is at the nexus of art and commerce and has since extended K11's reach across retail, hospitality, offices and non-profit art education through K11 Art Foundation. He also directs early-stage funding to start-ups and technology-driven platforms.
Dr. Cheng worked in a major international bank prior to joining the Group in September 2006 and has substantial experience in corporate finance.
He is the vice-chairman of All-China Youth Federation, a member of the Tianjin Municipal Committee of The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the chairman of China Young Leaders Foundation and the honorary chairman of K11 Art Foundation. He was acknowledged by Fortune as one of "40 Under 40" global business stars in 2012, a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2012 and was made an Officier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2017.
Dr. Cheng holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (cum laude) from Harvard University, and was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Humanities by the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014. He is the son of Dr. Cheng Kar-Shun, Henry, the brother of Ms. Cheng Chi-Man, Sonia, the nephew of Mr. Doo Wai-Hoi, William and Mr. Cheng Kar-Shing, Peter, and the cousin of Mr. Cheng Chi-Heng.