The Foundation seeks an inspiring and thoughtful leader with the strategic and operational capabilities necessary to successfully partner with the Ho Family in implementing an innovative vision for their organization. Adept at balancing audacious goals with values-driven leadership, the new CEO will understand how to navigate change and strategic pivots while at the same time grounding these efforts in the Foundation’s guiding principles. Nurturing an environment where shared vision and responsibility amongst Family Members, the Board, the CEO, and staff is essential.
Working closely with the Chairman of the Board, the CEO will be skilled at engaging and incorporating family interests and priorities into organizational strategy, serving as a trusted thought partner and sounding board. As such, the CEO must be driven by active inquiry, learning, and collaboration. This role requires a unique skillset that effectively combines the ability to seek input and guidance from multiple sources, encourage constructive discussion, and creatively synthesize a variety of data points into possible solution sets. Additionally, the ability to translate ideas into action, setting a clear path forward for all involved and communicating that plan effectively to stakeholders is important.
A global mindset and international work experience are critical. The ideal candidate will understand the ways in which philanthropy varies across countries, regions, and cultures. Given the local and global focus of the Foundation’s work, the CEO must bring firsthand knowledge of how to engage various cultural contexts as it relates to the Foundation’s grantmaking and partnerships. The CEO must also operate with a sense of humility and an intellectual curiosity that fosters continued learning and understanding.
While specific content expertise in the Foundation’s focus areas is not required, the new CEO must demonstrate a genuine passion for and commitment to the guiding mission and values of the organization. Experience working in family foundations or family offices is helpful, but not necessary; however, candidates should have ample working knowledge of the social impact sector. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills are essential.
Qualified candidates must have a significant track record of progressively senior leadership experience, with a proven history of successfully leading and navigating organizations through growth and strategic evolution. The highest levels of integrity, honesty, and ethics are required. A career in the social sector, particularly in philanthropy, or experience in corporate social responsibility is highly desirable, but not required.
Global work experience with a deep understanding of how to navigate various cultural contexts is essential. A demonstrated track record leading organizations through change is essential. The CEO role is based in Hong Kong with frequent international travel.