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, re-designated as executive vice-chairman and general manager from March 2017 and re-designated as executive vice-chairman and chief executive officer from May 2020. Dr. Adrian Cheng is a member of the executive committee and the chairman of the sustainability committee of the Board. Dr. Cheng is an executive director of NWS Holdings Limited, New World Department Store China Limited and Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, and a non-executive director of Giordano International Limited and New Century Healthcare Holding Co. Limited, all being listed public companies in Hong Kong. Dr. Cheng is also the executive chairman of New World China Land Limited, the chairman of New World Group Charity Foundation Limited and a director of certain subsidiaries of the Group. In addition, he is a director of Chow Tai Fook (Holding) Limited and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited, both are substantial shareholders of the Company. He was an executive director of International Entertainment Corporation, a non-executive vice-chairman of Modern Media Holdings Limited and a non-executive director of i-CABLE Communications Limited, all being listed public companies in Hong Kong, up to his resignation on 10 June 2017, 26 August 2017 and 2 July 2019 respectively.
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 and K11 Craft & Guild Foundation. He also directs early-stage funding to start-ups and technology-driven platforms.
Dr. Cheng 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 and a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2012. In 2016, he was appointed as the Justice of Peace by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region 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. 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 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.