A rising star in the civil service, Thomas Chan Chung-ching, will reach the top echelons when he becomes permanent secretary for food and health on June 5, a month after he was transferred to the bureau from the lands department.
Chan will succeed Elizabeth Tse Man-yee who is set to commence her preretirement leave.
The former head of lands department, Chan was transferred to the food and health bureau as a special duties director (health) on May 5, with the position responsible for assisting the health permanent secretary in combatting the Covid-19 epidemic.
"Chan is a seasoned administrative officer with proven leadership and management skills. I have every confidence that he will serve the community with professionalism in his new capacity," civil service secretary Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said.
Nip, referring to Tse's retirement, said: "Tse has rendered 36 years of loyal and dedicated service to Hong Kong. As permanent secretary for food and health (health), she has worked tirelessly in the past few months to support the government's effort in combating Covid-19."
He also said that Tse had undertaken a number of reforms to enhance the sustainability of Hong Kong's healthcare system.
Before that, Tse served in various bureaus and departments such as the former security branch and the former economic services branch.