Joe Wong Chi-cho, who was the former CEO of Ocean Park, will take up his post as permanent secretary for home affairs on October 12.
Wong joined the Administrative Service in July 1987 and attained the rank of Administrative Officer Grade A in April 2018.
He has worked in various offices and departments, including the Financial Services and Treasury Office, the Housing Department, and the Office of Trade and Economic Development.
He served as Director of Information Services from July 2016 to February 2018 and Commissioner of Tourism from February 2018 to April 2021. He was then seconded to Ocean Park Corporation as Managing Director from May to August 2021.
Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said Wong is a seasoned administrative officer with proven leadership and management skills.
“I am confident that he will serve the community with professionalism in his new role,” he said.
Wong’s predecessor, Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching, will begin her pre-retirement leave in January 2022. Nip thanked her for rendering 37 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Hong Kong community.