HTHKH names Kenny Koo as new CEO

01 August 2018 | Natalie Bannerman

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Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (HTHKH) has appointed Kenny Koo as its new executive director and CEO, effective immediately.

Koo replaces Cliff Woo Chiu-man who has been promoted to co-deputy chairman and non-executive director of the company. He will also serve as president director at PT Hutchinson 3 Indonesia.

Koo joined the company in 2006 and became the director of enterprise and then into the role of head of international business of mobile operations in 2014. Since then he has led the company’s corporate market and international services, business and development aspects of the mobile business until 2015.

He then went onto become chief commercial officer of Vietnamobile and general manager of international services at Hutchinson Asia Telecom Group in 2015. In this role he managed and oversaw the company’s mobile operations in high-growth markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia.

Koo then re-joined the company back in 2017 as a director of roaming and services development and then appointed to chief commercial officer in January 2018. During his time at HTHKH Koo has led the company’s innovative mobile projects with its strategic partners like Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp, Microsoft and Google. According to the company he has been instrumental in riving new business strategies and bringing in new ideas as HTHKH develops its cloud computing, big data and IoT solutions in an attempt to create an ecosystem for Hong Kong’s smart city initiatives as well as driving a new digital internet economy.

HTHKH’s parent company CK Hutchison, last month agreed to buy VEON’s share in Italian joint venture Wind Tre for $2.87 billion. Wind Tre was formed in 2016 as a merger between VEON’s (then VimpelCom) Italian operator Wind Telecomunicazioni and Hutch’s 3 Italia, but the property will now become wholly owned by the Hong Kong-based telecoms company.