Updated : 01 Nov 2023
Laura May-Lung CHA
Aged 73 
Independent Non-executive Director since 25 April 2018
Chairman since 4 May 2018
Term of office: 27 April 2022 (re-appointed) to 2024 AGM
Mrs Cha is Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd and a member of the Hong Kong-United States Business Council.
Mrs Cha is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Ant Group Co., Ltd. , a Senior International Advisor of Foundation Assets Management Sweden AB and a member of Sotheby’s International Advisory Board. In addition, she is also Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and a Director of the World Federation of Exchanges.
Mrs Cha became the first, and to-date, the only person outside Mainland China to join the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China at the vice ministerial rank when she was appointed as Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission in January 2001. She served in that position until 2004. Mrs Cha worked for the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2000, becoming its Deputy Chairman in 1998.
Mrs Cha was a member of Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong from 2004 to 2022. She was also Chairman of The Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong from January 2013 to July 2018, and Chairman of the University Grants Committee from 2007 to 2011.
She was awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star in 2001, a Gold Bauhinia Star in 2009 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2017 by the Hong Kong Government for her public service. 
Other positions held with HKEX group
HKEX - chairman of Board Executive Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Nomination and Governance Committee, Risk Management Committee (statutory), International Advisory Council and Mainland China Advisory Group, and member of Remuneration Committee and Risk Committee
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited - member of Listing Nominating Committee
The London Metal Exchange - independent non-executive director and member of Nomination Committee
LME Holdings Limited - independent non-executive director
HKEX Foundation Limited - chairman and director            
Other major offices
The Rockefeller Foundation - member of board of trustees (2023~)
The Bretton Woods Committee 
- director of the board (2023~)
World Federation of Exchanges
 - director (2018~)
Past offices
Unilever PLC (listed on Euronext Amsterdam and London Stock Exchange) - non-executive director (2013-2022)
HSBC Holdings plc 
* - independent non-executive director (2011-2021)
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited - chairman (2019-2021), independent non-executive director (2004-2021) and deputy chairman (2007-2019)
Unilever NV (formerly listed on Euronext Amsterdam) - non-executive director (2013-2020) 
China Telecom Corporation Limited * - independent non-executive director (2008-2018)
- independent non-executive director (2006-2012)
Tata Consultancy Services Limited (listed on BSE and National Stock Exchange of India) - independent non-executive director (2006-2012)
Johnson Electric Holdings Limited
* - independent non-executive director (2004-2009)
China Securities Regulatory Commission 
- vice-chairman (2001-2004)
Securities and Futures Commission - deputy chairman (1998-2001), executive director (1994-2001), senior director (1993-1994) and assistant director (1991-1993)
Coudert Brothers - lawyer (1985-1990) 
Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro - lawyer (1982-1985) 
Public service
Listing Policy Panel - member (2018~)
China Securities Regulatory Commission - vice-chairman of International Advisory Council (2004~)       
Bachelor of Arts (University of Wisconsin, US) 
Juris Doctor (Santa Clara University, US) 
State Bar of California (US) 
Honorary Fellow (Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute)
Honorary Doctorate (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) 
Honorary Doctorate (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) 

*   Listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited