A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards (SSA) 2007-2008 went to a record number of 800 talented student athletes, with about 70% of all schools in Hong Kong participating this year. At the award presentation on Sunday (24 February 2008), Ms Chan Ah-king, Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, Mr Pang Chung BBS, Hononary Secretary General of the Sports Federation of the Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, Mrs Agnes Allcock JP, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Ms Wu Po-ling, Principal Assistant Secretary, Education Bureau, and Mr Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director presented awards to winners from 800 primary, secondary and special schools. Over 2,000 school principals, teachers, parents and family members attended the ceremony to show their support and witness the important moment of Hong Kong's future sports stars.
A.S. Watson announces that the transition mission following the acquisition of Marionnaud by the A.S. Watson Group now being completed, Hugues Witvoet, CEO of the Luxury Division, is leaving the Group to meet other professional challenges. A.S. Watson would like to thank Mr Witvoet for the work carried out on the operational and strategic projects, particularly the restructuring of logistics, modernisation of the information systems and development of the new concept store for Marionnaud recently presented with success.
As part of its global Corporate Social Responsibility programme, A.S. Watson is launching an initiative this Christmas through its newly established Luxury Division across Europe aimed at generating funds and awareness with a commitment from different operations to donate a portion of their sales to their favourite local charity organisations.
For the first time ever, A.S. Watson Luxury Perfumeries & Cosmetics Europe will be present at MAPIC, the international market for retail estate, from 15 to 17 November 2006 in Cannes, France. A.S. Watson Luxury Perfumeries & Cosmetics Europe is part of the A.S. Watson Group, the retail division of Hutchison Whampoa Limited.