April Chan, company secretary of energy provider CLP Group, says her job is like that of a butler.
"I work closely with the chairperson and top management to take care of various aspects of the company's operation. I am sure every chairperson has the company secretary on speed dial," says Chan, president of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS).
In Hong Kong, listed companies are required by law to have a chartered secretary registered with HKICS.
According to Chan, a company secretary ensures the business complies with the law, advises on how to cope with regulatory changes, manages board meetings and maintains communication with shareholders. They also have to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in corporate governance practices in Hong Kong and around the world.
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