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Dr. Kenneth Tse, former Director and General Manager of Yantian International Container Terminals Ltd, was inducted into the Institute's 'Hall of Fame' at their 6th Annual China Chapter dinner on Tuesday 13th of March. The dinner was held at the Novotel Hotel near the Hong Kong Conference Centre on the eve of the TOC Asia event. This induction is to honour Dr. Tse's contribution to the development of port logistics in China/Shenzhen and his role in the development of port-centric logistics and the customer facing model which the Institute believes is best international practice. The award is also to acknowledge his support for the development of CTQS and for his academic contributions.

In 2009, Kenneth Tse took early retirement from 35 years of business life to pursue his portfolio of academic and consulting/research interests in management. In July of that year, he received his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK, for his thesis titled "The Co-evolution of Strategy and Environment: A Study of Yantian Port".For 16 years prior to the change, he was Managing Director of Yantian International Container Terminals Limited, a joint venture between the Hutchison Group and Yantian Port Group, one of China major state owned enterprises.

Ken Tse's Personal Photographic Memoir of the development of YICT

Starting from a green field in 1993, Kenneth led the joint venture to achieve preeminent status in the port industry, with throughput exceeding 10 million twenty foot equivalent units in 2007 (the largest single terminal in the world in 2007), and gaining worldwide recognition for its productivity improvements and service to customers.In 2005, the company was awarded the "Best Terminal of the Year" by the Global Institute of Logistics. In the same year, it received the "Best Terminal Award" from China's National Port Industry Bureau of the Ministry of Communications. Such success also meant significant financial contributions of the business unit to Hutchison and Yantian Port Group.


Educated as an economist at the University of Hong Kong (1970-73), Kenneth worked in various management capacities in the Swire Group, Citibank and became Wilson Learning's Managing Director for Asia Pacific in 1983 - 88. In 1988 to 1991, he lived in Australia and managed its business development in Australia and New Zealand.In December 2006, Kenneth Tse was honoured by the Foreign Investors Association of Shenzhen as an "Outstanding Business Person". In a personal capacity, he served as an Executive Member of Shenzhen's Political Consultative Council, an advisory body to the Shenzhen Government. Professionally, he acted as Chairman of the Shenzhen Port Association and Vice Chairman of the Association for Foreign Investors (Shenzhen).Kenneth has always been active in professional port and logistics activities. His key note address in the Port Development Conference in Long Beach California in 2005 received rave reviews by participants.In 2008, his presentation at the Nanjing Business School's Peter Drucker Distinguished lecture series was a highlight of the program. As Adjunct Professor in the Dalian Maritime University, he presented to students on port development in China.Appointed in 2009 an Honorary Senior Research Fellow by the University of Birmingham, he resided for 9 months in the UK as Visiting Scholar in Birmingham and co-taught a module on cooperative strategy (with Professor John Child). Their forthcoming book: The Dynamics of Corporate Co-evolution - a case study of Port Development in China will be published by Edward Elgar Publishers in the UK in 2012.

Since leaving his full time business career, he has become an active participant in many professional and academic institutions - Member of HKU's Court; Audit Committee; Convocation Standing Committee; Business Council Member of the International Association of Chinese Management Research; Advisor and Adjunct Professor of Nanjing Business School; Adjunct Professor and Honorary Institute Fellow of the Asian Pacific Institute of Business, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2011, he has been conducting seminars for the Chinese University of Hong Kong, mainly in their executive education programs, as well as HKU's MBA and IMBA programs. Kenneth also consults with senior executives on company strategy and leadership.


The Institute prepares for each Hall of Fame induction by meticulously researching the career of each laureate and with the help of the candidate set about identifying key people with whom they have shared their career journey. Each person is contacted for a testimonial and is further invited to join with us on the evening of the induction ceremony. The names and biographies of each of the attendees is published in an aide-mémoire a copy of which can be read below.


Dr. Kenneth Tse inducted into the Institute's 'Hall of Fame'

The ceremony took place at the Institute's 6th Annual China Chapter dinner in Hong Kong on Tuesday 13th of March 2012. This induction honoured Dr. Tse's contribution to the development of port logistics in China/Shenzhen and his role in the development of port-centric logistics and the customer facing model which the Institute believes is best international practice. The award is also to acknowledge his support for the development of CTQS and for his academic contributions.

Dr. Ken Tse
2012 Hall of Fame

Speaking at the event Mr Tse Said:

"I feel really honoured to be included in GIL's Hall of Fame. As a practitioner, I strived to survive the competitive business game first and foremost, little knowing that by treading uncharted paths did I embark upon innovative ways of marketing ports and managing them in a developing country environment. That GIL found my approach worthy of distillation and learning surprised me, but it has always been gratifying to share what one gained through many years of practice and exploration."

In 2009, Kenneth Tse took early retirement from 35 years of business life to pursue his portfolio of academic and consulting/research interests in management. In July of that year, he received his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK, for his thesis titled "The Co-evolution of Strategy and Environment: A Study of Yantian Port".For 16 years prior to the change, he was Managing Director of Yantian International Container Terminals Limited, a joint venture between the Hutchison Group and Yantian Port Group, one of China major state owned enterprises.

Starting from a green field in 1993, Kenneth led the joint venture to achieve preeminent status in the port industry, with throughput exceeding 10 million twenty foot equivalent units in 2007 (the largest single terminal in the world in 2007), and gaining worldwide recognition for its productivity improvements and service to customers.In 2005, the company was awarded the "Best Terminal of the Year" by the Global Institute of Logistics.

Dr Ken Tse Receives his Hall of Fame Award From European Chapter Chairman Joachim Coens

 

In the same year, it received the "Best Terminal Award" from China's National Port Industry Bureau of the Ministry of Communications. Such success also meant significant financial contributions of the business unit to Hutchison and Yantian Port Group.

ABOUT GIL HALL OF FAME

The Global Institute of Logistics Hall of Fame serves as a way to recognize distinguished members of the Global logistics community. Those elected to membership in to the Hall of Fame represent the highest achievement in their field, serving as models of what can be achieved and how. Induction as a Laureate into the Global Institute of Logistics Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award for individuals who have made a major, positive impact on the logistics profession as visionary business leaders with a strong commitment to the community. The Global Institute of Logistics Hall of Fame Laureates will serve as inspirations to current and future generations.

Each year the Institute invites the Executive Directors of its various councils and chapters globally to nominate individuals for induction into the Institutes Hall of Fame. These nominations feed discussions about what constitutes excellence and success in individual logisticians. The goal is to improve logistics practice by identifying the outstanding logistician in the field over the course of a lifetime. Nominations are acted on by a panel of expert judges, who decide which nominee will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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