There’s a life after work - something all of us look forward to when going into retirement. Mark Whitehead was no exception. He had planned to enjoy many new years on the water after his retirement. Sadly fate decided otherwise. Mark passed away unexpectedly in his sleep whilst taking part in the Orient Express China Sea Race.
Mark Whitehead was a well known figure in the Far East, having joined Jardine Matheson as legal counsel back in 1987. He spent quite some years with Jardine Transport Services Group and was their
senior representative for Indo-China from 1996 to 1999. He worked also for many years in Hong Kong as Managing Director for Schindler Lifts and as Executive Director at Hong Kong Land Company
Mark took up the reins as Chief Executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) in 2010 and during his eight year tenure there was instrumental in further pushing the company’s modernisation and investment programmes in order to offer their customers a continued first class service. It was that despite having lost Cathay Pacific as their largest customer, that he managed to position Hactl as Hong Kong’s largest freighter handler.
He was rewarded for his efforts by being showered with many industry awards during his eight years at Hactl.
Mark Whitehead, also a passionate sailor, retired on March 7. this year and had looked forward to spending more time on the water. He had been a member of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club for the past 35 years.
He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Rebecca and the family who are in our thoughts in this very trying period for them.
Rest in Peace Mark.
John Mc Donagh