Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene Vivian Lau Lee-kwan will succeed Philip Yung Wai-hung as permanent secretary for food and health from today.
Yung will become the new chairman of the Administrative Officer Recruitment Board before his preretirement leave begins in May.
There are two permanent secretaries at the Food and Health Bureau. The permanent secretary for food is responsible for agricultural, fisheries, food safety, veterinary public health and environmental hygiene policies.
Thomas Chan Chung-ching is the other permanent secretary responsible for health.
A civil servant for over 33 years, Lau served in various departments, including the former security branch and education and manpower bureau, as well as the economic services branch.
Lau was also deputy director-general of trade and industry and deputy secretary for the environment between 2008 and 2014 before becoming director of food and environmental hygiene.
Yung served as permanent secretary for food and health (food) for more than three years after being appointed in 2018.
He joined the civil service 37 years ago and has served in various departments, including the Housing Department and the former general duties branch.
He also served in the offices of chief secretary, financial secretary and chief executive designate.
He was also the commissioner for tourism from 2010 to 2014 and permanent secretary for commerce and economic development from 2014 to 2018.
Secretary for the civil service, Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, showed appreciation for Yung's loyal and dedicated service.
"He has made zealous efforts in helping formulate and implement policies on agriculture, fisheries, food safety, animal health and so on Yung has also made great contributions in handling major food incidents and safeguarding environmental hygiene."
Nip added that Yung demonstrated "exemplary leadership" in matters related to quarantine, such as the designated hotel scheme.