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Thursday June 6th, 2024
Watsons, the flagship health and beauty brand of AS Watson Group, has been putting customers at the heart of its business. As customers' expectations for a seamless and enjoyable shopping experience continue to rise, in 2023, Watsons invested in opening and upgrading over 2,200 O+O (Offline plus Online) stores across 15 markets in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The company expects to have over 3,800 new and refitted O+O stores by the end of 2024.
Tuesday June 4th, 2024
AS Watson Group announces its first collaboration with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and has donated HKD1 million to establish a scholarship programme, recognising students who have outstanding performance in the areas of academics, extracurriculars, and leadership. The first AS Watson Scholarship Presentation Ceremony was successfully held yesterday, commending ten outstanding students and encouraging them to continue to develop their talents and become future leaders.
Saturday May 18th, 2024

AS Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards (HKSSA) held the 19th award presentation ceremony at Fortune Metropolis in Hung Hom today. HKSSA is the first and only award programme of its kind in Hong Kong, open to all local schools from primary, secondary, and special schools to commend one sports talent from each school every year. Since 2005, HKSSA has recognised over 16,400 student athletes and has earned a reputation as one of the most magnificent local youth sports awards in Hong Kong. This year, HKSSA recognises 991 student sports elites with participation from nearly 90% of local schools, setting a record for the highest number of participants in the programme’s history.

The award presentation ceremony was graced by Guests-of-Honour, Sze Chun-fai, Jeff, JP, Under Secretary for Education, Education Bureau, and Wong Tak-sum, Sam, MH, Commissioner for Sports, Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau. They unveiled the ceremony and presented the awards to the student sports elites along with other distinguished guests.

Friday April 19th, 2024

As Earth Day approaches, Watsons, the flagship health and beauty brand of AS Watson Group, is proud to launch Naturals by Watsons’ Special Edition Blue Beauty range in Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan markets, as well as plans to expand to Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore.

Every year, 14 million tons of plastics enter our ocean, which is equivalent to the weight of over 140,000 blue whales. By 2050, the weight of plastics in the ocean is projected to surpass that of fish, and a major contributor is ocean-bound plastic, which is defined as an abandoned plastic waste located within 50km from shores where waste management is inexistent or inefficient. These impacts affect at least 700 marine species and result in the deaths of 100 million marine animals annually.

Thursday April 18th, 2024

AS Watson Group, the world’s largest international health and beauty retailer, hosted its first-ever European Hackathon in Amsterdam on 13-14 April. The 24-hour Hackathon was attended by 70 university students, who came together to tackle real-life business challenges related to Next Generation Loyalty. The participants were driven to utilise their skills, creativity, and collective expertise to develop innovative solutions that redefine the future of loyalty in the retail landscape.

Malina Ngai, CEO of AS Watson, said, “Customer loyalty is of utmost importance for a retailer, but customer expectations have been evolving, particularly among the next generation. That’s why we want to develop the next generation of loyalty, and there is no better way than having the next generation of talents propose to us.”

Tuesday April 9th, 2024

AS Watson is pleased to announce the promotion of Malina Ngai to Group CEO, effective from 1st May 2024.

Malina Ngai currently holds the position of Group Chief Operating Officer, AS Watson, and Chief Executive Officer, AS Watson (Asia & Europe). Congratulating on her promotion, Dominic Lai, Group Co-Managing Director of CK Hutchison and Group Managing Director of AS Watson said, “After a very fulfilling 17 years of leading the AS Watson Group, I think it is the appropriate time to pass on the baton. Malina has been crucial in successfully driving AS Watson’s digital transformation, implementing the O+O (Offline plus Online) business model, and fostering positive cultural change in the past decade.

Thursday March 21st, 2024

CK Hutchison’s Audited Results for the Year Ended 31 December 2023 (in PDF)

Wednesday March 20th, 2024

AS Watson Group announced the appointment of Clarice Au as the Managing Director of MoneyBack, one of the largest loyalty programmes in Hong Kong. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading the MoneyBack, driving innovation and bringing endless exciting rewards to members across Hong Kong.

Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of AS Watson Group said, "AS Watson Group has appointed Clarice Au as the Managing Director of MoneyBack, while she will continue to hold the position of Managing Director at FORTRESS. Clarice has served airport retail and FORTRESS for 26 years and held important leadership role in driving business growth. She has successfully led FORTRESS in its digital transformation, seamlessly integrating O+O (Offline and Online) platforms. I believe she will continue to implement our growth strategy and apply her extensive experience to driving the growth of MoneyBack, leading Moneyback towards new heights."

Thursday March 14th, 2024

AS Watson Group today announced the appointment of Fred Chan and Vivian Nie as Co-Managing Directors of Watsons China, succeeding Kulvinder Birring, current CEO of Watsons China, who will be appointed as CEO of Marionnaud Group, a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings.

“I would like to warmly thank Kulvinder for his great contributions to Watsons China in the past eight years. Under his leadership, he has successfully repositioned the Watsons brand as the top retailer in our category nationwide. He has led the organisation through a remarkable cultural transformation, fostering a scientific, collaborative, agile, and growth-oriented mindset. Despite operating in a highly competitive retail market, his team has demonstrated resilience and a relentless drive for innovation, continuously enhancing the customer experience. I look forward to him bringing his experience to lead the growth strategy in our luxury perfumeries and cosmetics retail brand Marionnaud in Europe,” said Dominic Lai, Group Managing Director of AS Watson Group and Executive Director of

Thursday March 14th, 2024

AS Watson Group today announced the appointments of Kulvinder Birring as CEO of Marionnaud Group and Gabriele Betti as Deputy CEO of Marionnaud Group, a subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings.

Kulvinder Birring was appointed CEO of Watsons China in 2018. Before that, he had led Watsons operations as Managing Director of Malaysia and Indonesia. In his new appointment as CEO of Marionnaud Group, he will manage the Marionnaud’s portfolio of over 730 O+O (offline plus online) stores in eight markets, which is one of the leading luxury perfumeries & cosmetics retailers in Europe. Leadership team of Marionnaud, including Gabriele Betti and Emilio Leon, will work seamlessly with Kulvinder Birring in his new role.