HKBN names Sam Tan as chief innovation officer

HKBN names Sam Tan as chief innovation officer

06 January 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Hong Kong Broadband Network Group (HKBN Group) has appointed Sam Tan as its new chief innovation officer (CIO).

[Sam Tan (centre) will lead HKBN’s IT team through innovations that drive digital transformation for the customer]

In this newly created role Tan will oversee the development of all elements of the Group’s IT strategy to drive increased innovation. The position of CIO replaces that of the traditional role of chief information officer.

“We are ecstatic to have Sam join us on the management committee of our elite sports team,” said NiQ Lai, co-owner and Group CEO of HKBN. “Backing his conviction to positively impact HKBN with far more than just words, Sam has made an upfront 1-year gross salary (typically 5 years of savings) investment into our co-ownership plan, which is consistent with all 7 existing members of our management committee. By having material skin-in-the-game, we ensure our aligned commitment to a successful internal transformation, so we can help our external enterprise customers thrive from theirs.”

Tan enters the role with over 34 years’ experience in the IT sector. Prior to joining HKBN, he served as APAC CIO for AECOM. Before this Tan held various leadership roles at such companies as Liz Claiborne, UPS Supply Chain Solutions and Hewlett-Packard, where he served as vice president of Asia MIS, head of IT and solution director, respectively. In addition, he also spent 14 years with with FedEx, the last 6 of which as IT director for Greater China and APAC IT Infrastructure.

“In this age of rapid technological development, I see my mandate going far wider than a legacy chief information officer – I am here to inspire as chief innovation officer,” commented Tan. “We must break free from the legacy backend-focused IT framework, i.e. we are here to deliver total business impact rather than crunching input costs and effort. I have tracked HKBN’s unique co-ownership culture for years and love it, and I’m proud to become one of HKBN co-owners.”